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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Eighteen Years

(A Repost from a couple years ago)


Fourth of July Memories:

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 Hot summer night.  Six kids in a Ford Falcon, one between  Mom and Dad in the front seat and five in the back - going to Cumberland, then sitting on the car hood watching fireworks.  After that, Queen City for ice cream cones.  

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 Taking my kids to the White Oaks parking lot and meeting friends there.  Watching innocent faces light up as they watched the magic in the sky.  Then...   Dairy Queen for ice cream.

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 4th of July Picnics at my house with plenty of hamburgers, hotdogs, kids playing, adults laughing, and Mom asking, 'Can you get me more potato salad?'

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Standing in Mom's hospital room with tears streaming down my face and thinking back to the laughter inside that Ford Falcon from years earlier,  while waiting for her to take her last breath...   watching her slip slowly away from this world to the next...  The sound of  fireworks echoing  beyond the hospital window.

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It's been eighteen years since her passing.  But a July 4th does not come and go without me thinking of her, and missing her.






15 comments:

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

What a sweet tribute to your Mom. I have seen a few "missing Mom" blogs lately and I am right there with you. I think those of us that have that ache in our hearts had a wonderful Mother to miss. We are the lucky ones to have had them in our lives.

Much love and understanding to you on this day.

texwisgirl said...

oh sweetheart. i feel your pain. God bless you and your memories. hold the good ones close...

Sharon said...

Sorry about your sad memories, but so glad that you have so many good ones! Hugs to you today. Nice post.

XXX

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Bobbi, what a treasure this video is for you and your photos too!! I have hardly any pictures of my own Mom because she would refuse to have them taken. But I know that despite the heartbreak you're feeling, there are the good memories that really warm and lift your heart. I hope you're also enjoying your day!!

Wanda's Wings said...

When someone passes it take a piece of us with them. The good memories keep us going, Hope you have a great day,

Lynda said...

I love your memories of the Fourth. So sad your mom went on a holiday but am thankful you were able to be with her until the end.
Back to the Falcon - - - we had one, too. There were only four of us children but we used to fight over who got to ride up front with Mom and Dad..

animal lover, quilt lover said...

My Mom died on 9-11 05. Come Sept 11th - 6 years. She was 90.9 years old. I hope I make it that old!!
How is your business doing??
Hope you have a happy 4th!!
xx Fern

Sweet Tea said...

Truly a bittersweet day for you.
Very glad the happy memories far outweigh the bad.
(((HUGS)))

Oklahoma Granny said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I know how hard it must be for you. My father-in-law passed away early one Christmas Day morning several years ago.

Mildred said...

Hi Bobbi, Your heartfelt post moved me to tears. What a precious mother you had and I know this day is difficult. I miss my parents so very much also; until you've experienced the loss, it is hard to understand. Thankfully, you and I know we will see them again in Heaven - what a day that will be! Sending a hug across the miles. May God comfort you today especially.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Sending loving thoughts your way dear Bobbi... your sweet mama is enjoying her Fourth of July from a very special view... xoxo Julie Marie

Ginny said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom, she looks like she was a lot of fun. I could never have put together a video like this!!! We both share a bond of watching our moms slip away in the hospital..

Mr. Pip said...

Thanks for sharing these precious memories with us. I am sure your mom is watching over you.

Your pal, Pip

Jenni said...

Bobbi, I feel so priviledged that you have shared these priceless glimpses of your Mom with us! She must have been a wonderful Lady; She had a beautiful smile, and I was struck by how you and she seem to share the same love of dogs.... The way she tenderly strokes those pets in the first few clips is just so sweet.

Sending warm and caring thoughts your way on this July Fourth.. Take care,
Jenni

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for sharing,,
We know how reliving memories like this can make it feel like it was just yesterday and the sadness so fresh,,,
what a beautiful woman your mother was.
love
tweedles