The main purpose of this blog is to educate and enlighten readers with information pertaining to the skin. Today’s post goes deeper than the skin’s layers, into the heart of a daughter’s love for her mother.
This morning, I drove my mom back to the airport for her return trip to Florida. She had flown up to New York for the funeral of a beloved family member. This turned out to be a very strange and upsetting week as I learned of four other people who had also lost a loved one during this short period of time. A reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing the special as well as the ordinary moments that we share with the ones we hold dear.
So today I have chosen to celebrate this lovely lady, my mother, who is 88 years young. Her body doesn’t move as quickly as it once did, but her spirit is lively. It is not her style to complain about aches, pains or limitations. She takes them in her stride and emphasizes that it is a normal part of the aging process. At her tallest she was 4’11” and now, due to curvature of the spine, she is about 4’8”. Mom refers to herself as the “incredible shrinking woman.” So cute!
This woman, who has suffered her share of tragedies, has managed to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. She always sees the very best in everyone and continually expresses gratitude for all the good things in her life. It is so easy to please her as she appreciates even the tiniest of gestures. I am blessed to have this sweet little woman in my life. Her love is bountiful and unconditional.
Each time we part, I hug her just a little bit longer. I want to feel her loving arms around me as a way of imprinting that sensation forever into my being. As I drive away, tears stream down my face. Today is a gift and no one knows what tomorrow may bring.