pondering my role in a bigger story

Friday, July 31, 2009

thinking of my mom today


On no day of the year is my mother's absence in my life felt more keenly than on my birthday. Seventeen years ago today my mom came to visit me in Birmingham, only to wake up paralyzed on one side of her body, due to a brain tumor that would be discovered later that day. The days between then and her death on Christmas Eve of that same year are somewhat of a blur. Seems like both forever ago and only yesterday at the same time. 

In spite of my workaholism, which has plagued me for most of my adult life, I can look back on that time and know I did the right thing. I took a significant amount of time off from my job to be there. This was before the inception of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but my employer (actually my boss) was sympathetic and gave me a lot of leeway that would not be allowed today in corporate America. For that I am grateful. 

If I inherited anything from my mother, I hope it was her bent toward hospitality, and I think I have. Hosting gatherings in my home comes easy for me and is something that brings me joy.

I recently reconnected with a childhood friend on facebook. We have not been in touch since high school graduation. Here's what she had to say about her memory of my mom: 

" To this day, I still think of your mama every time my son brings friends home after school. Your mother was THE BEST at timing things to where we would arrive and she would have snacks ready and waiting for us and she would serve us like she had been waiting all day long for the moment of our arrival...."

The thing that makes me smile most about this is knowing that someone remembers that from thirty-plus years ago. 

Now, off to do some house-cleaning to prepare for my out-of-town guest...


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4 Comments:

Blogger Laura Thomas Hall said...

Oh Amy, I wish I was there to hug you. We were blessed with the best Moms ever. I didn't realize how lucky we were until I grew up and left our little bubble in Henderson.

Friday, July 31, 2009 6:51:00 PM

 
Blogger Jessica said...

You have my sympathy. Blessings.

Saturday, August 01, 2009 1:29:00 AM

 
Blogger Blessing the Beloved said...

Ahh...Amy, you have such a great heart! Praying for you and good memories of your mother! God bless!

Sunday, August 02, 2009 1:38:00 PM

 
Blogger Presbyterian Gal said...

What a lovely remembrance.

Sunday, October 04, 2009 5:17:00 PM

 

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