I'll Be There One Day
the LOVE of our lives
My mother could literally light up a room. Wherever she went, people were naturally drawn to her. She had a way of making you feel as though you were the center of her universe, somehow her favorite person ever. Later on my siblings and I discovered that we each secretly felt like her favorite - ha!
All my life Mom was larger than life - physically, emotionally, and most of all - spiritually. Being the Chaplain's wife and later the Pastor's wife was her life's greatest joy. She loved to tell of God's love and sing His praises. What I wouldn't give to hear her voice one more time...
June 2, 2010 was the last time I'd ever see my mother in this life. She asked me for a kiss before I went to bed, then reached up and gave me a long hug afterward. "I love you Vali" she said, "Love you too Mom" I replied. What a sweet and perfect final good-bye, although we both knew not at the time.
Later that day, my mother asked my father to turn up her oxygen tank. He looked at her, saw that she was "different" and wiped the sweat from her brow as she sat on their bed. Suddenly, she stood up and into my father's embrace -- a place she took solace as a 16 year old bride and over the course of 37 1/2 years of marriage.
Moments later, Mom took her final breath as Dad held her. As she slipped through his embrace and into our Heavenly Father's arms, Dad looked at her and said, "What's going on? Are you leaving first? Find us a nice place in heaven, I'll be there one day."
While the paramedics haphazardly attempted to revive her physical body, Dad had an eerie calm about him. Somehow, he knew that Mom was finally free - of all pain, suffering, and bondage of this life.
Although our hearts are shattered because her presence on this earth is no more, we find peace in knowing that she is with her parents, four grandchildren, six siblings, and many others loved in eternal paradise.
Heaven is a better place now that you're there Mom.
My final words to you on this earth were true then, now, and always: "LOVE YOU TOO MOM." Thanks for everything.