Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ours To Share

We came back to the house down the lane on a freezing December day. Snow and ice chased away many who would have come to pay their respects. The icy roads did not deter our duty, our drive to Newcomers to say good-bye.

The house on Neff Road had suddenly become just a house. No longer did Mom's laughter fill the rooms, no longer was food cooking in the kitchen. The house had lost it's life. We had lost our mother.

Mom has been gone for quite some time yet her daughters still feel that day when it rolls around. No calendar is needed. A sadness descends in that short time in December before Christmas comes to visit.
My mom didn't know that the next year she would have another great granddaughter. A grandchild she would not see.

It is the anniversary of my mother's passing. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her. There are times I'm sure she is with me. When Gabby was placed in my arms for the first time, I was in my mother's loving arms as well. Oh, how I miss her.

The remarkable woman gave a home to many and fed everyone who passed through the old farmhouse door. She cared for the ill and did for those who were in need. She never said 'no'. Mom was grandma to all of the local children. Her toys waited for the children. She was a modern woman even in her 80's. We shared her all of our lives. She was never totally ours.

It is another cold, winter day in Ohio. And, another December of missing you, Mom.

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