I’m sobbing as I write this; the sting still strong and familiar.
27 years ago, I lost my mother to a heart attack. She was 49 years old; I was 26. We argued several days prior to her death; a disturbing truth I shall regret for the rest of my life.
I would love the chance to hug her close, one more time, and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. It’s too late for me, but don’t make it too late for you!
Life is too short to waste it on trivial matters. Make amends before the moon rises and your head hits the pillow because you might not get another chance before a new day begins.
I worked the late night shift and didn’t arrive home until the following morning. It couldn’t have been more than an hour before the phone rang; I stepped out of the shower, dripping wet, to take the call.
I knew the moment I heard my sister’s voice – something was wrong. She couldn’t get the words out fast enough; my knees buckled as I slumped to the floor in tears.
“Mom’s gone, Bon. Dad wants you to come home right away” said Wanda.
I was numb as I handed the phone to Rick. The puzzled look on his face turned to sadness as Wanda repeated the sad news. His voice cracking as he answered in return.
The Lesson Learned
Needless to say, that morning telephone call was a game changer for me. To this day, I don’t let my head hit the pillow unless all is right within the household. Every argument, no matter how small, must be settled before we go to sleep. No exceptions!
Someone once said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” I wish I exercised that right when I had the chance, but I didn’t.
It’s the hardest lesson I ever learned; etched forever in my memory. So please learn from my mistakes and spare yourself the anguish.
If you’re fighting with your mother, please tell her you’re sorry. It doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong or who started it first – just make it a point to apologize.
When the time comes that she’s no longer with us, you’ll yearn for her warm smile, gentle touch, and loving kisses. Don’t wait until it’s too late to enjoy her company!
There isn’t anything in this world that’s more important than the bond you share with your mother.
Treasure every blessed moment you can because a day WILL come when she’s gone and you’ll regret not making every moment count. I know I do.
Your turn! What are you doing for your mom on Mother’s Day? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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