A Letter To My Mother
My Mom..Ardeth Arlene McBride
A Letter To My Mother 3.4.13
I saw you today but I'm not sure you saw me. You were resting and I stood close to your bed and held your hand. I’m not sure you heard me either but I stroked your glistening white hair and told you how much I love you. I read to you the 23rd Psalms; I know it’s one of your favorite passages.
You are an AMAZING woman mom. You've been the anchor of our family for sixty five years. You and dad have created a strong and loving family. You’ve taught me the difference between right and wrong, love for family, how to do for others before even being asked. You really never had to speak the words, you taught by example… You were always there for anyone who needed you… they never had to ask, you just magically appeared and did whatever needed to be done.. You've taught us to have faith in God in whatever situation we stand before. I don't know if I've ever said thank you to you for all the things you've done for me. But I did today.
You expected high standards of your children, so many rules we thought we had growing up… but only to realize they were intended to help us for our own lives out on our own. You were quick to reprimand but even swifter with your soft hug and gentle kiss on the cheek after explaining that it hurt you more than us to call us to task when we needed…
Mom, I also told you that I don’t know what I’m going to do when you’re not here… You’ve always been the go to girl... When I didn’t have the answer I knew you’d always have it. I found in you my nurturer, my teacher, my confidant, my mentor, but most of all, my best friend. There is a bond between a daughter and her mother that cannot be explained.
So many things I still have to learn… I hope you’ve left a lot of notes stashed somewhere in all those diaries I’ll have to read through... I promise you I’ll do the best I can…We’ll be here for dad, the grandchildren, great-grand children and the great-great grandchildren… But I told you today, my life will never be the same again without you in it, or anyone else who loves you as much as we do…
But the most important thing I told you besides how much I love you is, don’t linger here because of us. We’ll be okay; we will get through this journey…. You need to begin your own new journey… And what an amazing beginning you are about to experience. It’s okay to go..
Ardeth Arlene McBride ~ 11.04.30 - 03.05.13
Mom left this earthly plain at 8:30 a.m. surrounded in love by five generations created by her and dad 65 years ago. What a wonderful experience of being able to be with her, tell her how much she was loved, hold her hand and talk about the memories. She passed in peace and love and entered Heaven to a joyful celebration and reunion with loved ones who had gone on before. Welcomed with open arms from the Father Himself and I'm positive she heard, "Well done good and faithful servant", Until we see each other again mom... Rest well in Him...