With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I find my mind traveling back to the many memories reaped from being the daughter of a wonderful cook, faithful wife, devoted Christian and one of the best Grandmas ever. When my Mama died 10 years ago, 3 days after Mother’s Day, I always regretted the fact I never got her to teach me how to make her coconut cream pie, or her divinity she always made at Christmas. Only recently I caught myself walking to the phone to call and ask her about a recipe – after 10 years!
So, what do you consider one of the most valuable lessons of life you learned from your mother? And if your mother is no longer here, what do you miss most?
My most valuable lesson was learned as she was lying in a hospital bed, in a deep coma – no regrets. I have no regrets. I told her all I wanted her to know, sang her songs I had not sung in decades, stroked her face and hair, trying to put that into my indelible memory bank.
What do I miss most? Just simply talking to her on the phone nearly every day. I always knew I could pick up the phone and call Mama and pretty well be sure of getting the answer to any question I had. Ironically, I find my own daughter now calling me on a regular basis, asking me “Mama questions,” as well. How about you?
Carolyn S. Hennecy