Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 9th 1994...

It's hard to believe that in two more days it will be 16 years since I last saw her face. At 54 years old she was taken from this world. Leaving behind a husband, one daughter, one son in law, and two grand daughters. She was my best friend...my Mother.

She was such a beautiful soul. Soft spoken, and caring, with a warmth you felt the moment you met her. I can't ever recall her saying anything negative.. about anyone. She always found the good in people. My father often told her she was too trusting, but my mother continued to wear her heart on her sleeve. She just didn't know any other way. A person couldn't help but like her. She was so warm and genuine.

Her favorite pastime was knitting. She'd often knit things for the entire community, especially for those who were less fortunate. Sweaters, caps, scarfs, mittens, baby blankets, baby booties, and the list goes on. It was as if her goal in life was to fill the world with warmth..... through a pair of knitting needles and a few balls of yarn.

After she passed, finding those knitting needles - the wool still attached (waiting patiently for her like a faithful old dog) was heartbreaking. I remember my fingers stroking the softness of the wool, knowing I would never again hear her click those needles. Never again would I listen to the creeking of the rocking chair as she hummed her favorite tune (off key). Never again would we both laugh, as the cat chased the ball of yarn across the room. Never again....

At that moment I knew I could not part with those needles, and I never will. They are, and will always be, a constant reminder of her ...and of the goodness she had inside of her. I love you Mom...and I miss you every day.

Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Just because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart,
For as long as there is memory,
They'll live on within our heart.


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11 comments:

Yoj said...

xoxo

I think it's wonderful you have kept those needles. :)

Brian said...

That was such a thoughtful and loving tribute, I feel like I knew her...thanks for sharing her with us.

Lisa said...

Connie big hugs, huge, can your feel that?
You described your beautiful mother wonderfully and I think she actually lives on inside of you for those very wonderful qualities she had you have also.

Hugs and all the love in the universe.
Lisa

Christina said...

oh, oh, i feel the love you have for your mama. and i also feel the warmth, she placed beside the hearts of all who knew her.
love and blessings~

Catherine said...

Lovely post Connie! So much feeling. No one and nothing can replace a mother or her love ~ especially when she had unconditional love.

Thinking of you,
Warm thoughts,
xo Catherine

Connie said...

Such a sweet tribute to a wonderful mom! (((Hugs)))

katrina lauren said...

i love what you wrote for your mom and that you shared it with us...your words so full of love & emotion...they brought me to tears and i send a big warm hug to you...
xo.
k.

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for visiting my cat blog, it's great to make new friends!...This is a lovely memorial for your Mom...Love never dies.

S. Etole said...

My mother was my best friend, too, and I still miss her and her kind ways ...

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

my mom is gone too. lost her summer of 2006 to pancreatic cancer...

so much loss...so many broken hearts

sending peace and love to you, my sweet friend


kary

Erin said...

Oh Connie,

I'm so sorry. How awful to have lost your mom. I'm sure she's watching you, and loves to see you with her knitting needles...

What a lovely post you've written in her honour. Just beautiful.

xo