I’m in Arkansas preparing my Mom’s house for sale this week. Even though she’s been gone for a little over two years, the house still has such a strong feeling of her presence and my sister and I alternate between laughing, crying, story telling and hugging. Fortunately, there are so many happy memories which we are finding to be a real comfort. One of the best feelings is to know she was very, very happy in this little house in the country and isn’t that what we all want for our moms and dads – just to be happy.
This experience has also reminded us of what fun it was to be close to our mom. We were her good friends and we all knew so much about each other’s lives. My sister will pick up a dish or vase and tell me when and where they bought it together. I’ll see a picture on the wall and tell my sister where I sent it from. She’ll tell me where they bought the frame to put it in.
Final Thought: Be as close as you can while you can. Happy memories are a wonderful thing.