I dreamed about you last night. You were dressed in your favorite color, purple. Your hair had just been done and you looked bright, cheery, and radiated the same high energy that has always kept me going strong.
We were walking through the grocery store aisles shopping for dinner and you were pointing out which fruits and vegetables were best for a healthy body. “The darker berries are higher in anti-oxidants. The greener leaves in vegetables have more chlorophyll. Don’t buy that sliced turkey, it has too much sodium and contains nitrates. If you want turkey, get a whole one and I’ll bake it for you.”
“I know, I know Mom. You’ve told me a thousand times about the berries, the leaves, and the sodium,” I said.
“Well, it’s good to be reminded so you remember when I’m gone,” you replied.
I do remember, Mom. I recall everything you taught me. And more. You not only educated me on what to eat. You taught me much about life such as, how to have strength and determination. You taught me to be tenacious and to always finish what I start. You taught me how to be a leader by being one yourself.
The ads are everywhere this week: all about choosing just the right Mother’s Day present so you can tell your mother how much you love her. But Mom, I’m not sure what to do this time. I’m kind of lost this year and am really struggling. I don’t know how to tell you I love you more than anything or anybody in the whole world.
So I guess I’ll just say it, “Mom, I love you. You mean everything to me. Happy Mother’s Day.” I only wish you were still alive so you could hear me. I miss you so much.