Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In memory

Today is my Mom's birthday. The last time she stayed with me before she passed away, she was obsessed with this movie. My mom was like that. She would have a feel good moment, and then would want to recreate that safe good feeling over and over.

She watched my kids while Dave and I went on a trip, and the kids said that every day when they got home from school she would have on "The legend of Bagger Vance" and be eating chocolate chip cookies. Now it just reminds us of her.

Today, I am recreating my own feel good moment. A moment when my mom is still here with me, being cozy, watching Bagger Vance, and enjoying scrumptious cookies.

Miss you mom. Wish you could be here with us today. I would spoil you rotten. I think Heavenly Father is probably doing even a better job of it. love you forever.

From sister hinkley

Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, "We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around!" I would add, the only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.

My mom was the perfect example of this. She had her share of trials in this life, and many a discouraging day, but she never gave up, she persevered, and worked her way through. Humor was one of her greatest gifts. We loved to call her to hear her latest funny stories (really her horrible experiences that she made funny). I miss that.

Thanks mom for teaching me to laugh.


Natalie said...

happy birthday sweet mama! I am sure she was quite the lady to raise such a woman as yourself:)! ad i'm sure she is having quite the celebration in heaven, complete with delightful baked goods and a great movie (rated c of course (celestial))!

thank you so much for the sweet card. your thoughtfulness never ceases to amaze and humble me. still miss you!

Britt said...

A beautiful tribute! She sounds like an amazing lady. Otherwise her daughter would not write such blissful memories about a woman who laughed at life instead of crying. A great thing for all of us to do.

Hope you're living it up in KOREA.

Anonymous said...

i've never heard of that movie. at first i thought you were holding "river dance." i wouldn't be surprised if she liked that too! (the man with the headband ;) i got your book today. thank you so much for sending it! i haven't had the chance to look at it yet--sta sera. those cookies look delicious. are they healthy too? whole wheat with flax and raisins? :) i think i can tell they're the real thing. just like mama used to make them. how come i can't remember your mother's name? all i can think of is kathy? isn't that your dad's new wife's name? sorry glady...
thanks again for the book.

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Leslie said...

you know i love your mom. thanks for making me think of her. i can hear her laugh.