I’m thinking about my mom a lot, of late. The upcoming holiday adverts have likely penetrated my thoughts. I have so many memories of my mom. A part of her exists in my head now. Often, I hear her comments in my mind.
I have what I refer to as the Greatest Hits collection. It includes things she would often say, such as, “I’m the mom; you’re the child.” (I’m a wee bit embarrassed by how much convincing I needed on that point.) I accepted I wasn’t in charge, eventually, but never that I was a child. Fortunately, the temporary nature made it moot. 🙃
I remember the horrible, awful way it felt when I first realized my mom was human, and therefore, imperfect. (Cut to me at age six, on the phone with 911, reporting my mom for lying.) It felt like being yanked up and back at high speed with no warning by an invisible force; resulting in utter disorientation in the universe. The same way it felt when she died.
It wasn’t the first time I lost a loved one. I was still reeling from the loss of my brother, a year prior. I honestly didn’t know it was possible to continue existing after losing my mom. How the hell could I walk when there was no longer a ground?
There’s no way to prepare in advance for the loss of a parent. When it happens, you fall apart. Part of the foundation of your existence is gone. You have to figure out how to rebuild it from within. It sucks. It’s hard. All I know is it helps to become your parent (to yourself,) taking over the role your parent once fulfilled.
I usually know what my mom would say or do in a situation. She’s still an influential guide in my life. I now have a reinforced foundation built of the many things my mom taught me when she was here. It also consists of applied lessons gifted from others who helped shape who I’ve become.
I’m grateful I had her as long as I did. It’s funny how I used to resent her for knowing me better than I knew myself. I thought it was the peak of audacity when I was a teenager. 😂 I can still remember the sound of my mom laughing hard. It’s one of my best treasures. I’m off to read ✌🏽💜