My Mother of Strength and Determination
People would say, wow,of my mother, 99 years old, looks good for her age, so alert. You had her for such a long time. You were very fortunate to have her that long. Then one day my husband said, "It doesn't matter how long you had her you still feel the pain of her being gone". All of her life, that is when she was old enough, she worked hard at home as a teen. She was the oldest of the children. She would cook, clean, and take care of the sick. She actually had to drop out of school to take care of her mother and others. She and Dad ran a restaurant and combination grocery store. Then when I was three we moved to a larger town. She worked hard to keeping the home immaculate,cooking, cleaning and nurturing her children. When I was 11 years old she went to work in a department store to add to a needed income, and to pay for my piano lessons. She was strict, but loving,and protective.
As her health declined it came time that she was not able to live independently.At this time my husband and I were having health problems and Mother went to live with my sister, then came assisted living, and then a skilled nursing facility.
At the time of Mother's death she was surrounded with love and care by myself and my sister. The medical staff was wonderful, and the chaplains. Mother liked things simple, private, and no fuss. We had a beautiful graveside service in the community of where we came from originally. On the chapel door was a wreath and a little bird nest. Yes the Holy Spirit was in control. In the nest were three tiny baby birds that had just been born. Mother loved birds so much. "Mother, I know you are in flight to your eternal Heavenly home." Love, always, TKJC.