May is a big month of memories every year…but especially this year. I think about my mom quite a bit with Mother’s Day around the corner and her birthday at the end of the month. My mind can’t imagine what she would look like or be like at 77 years old. Yet, nearly 22 years later, I can still hear her beautiful laugh.
The memory that comes up most when I think about her, other than the back to back to back games of Scrabble we would play in the summer, is an image of her sitting in her blue robe at one end of our sectional couch. She sat there a lot during that last year of being sick. Sometimes she’s reading a book, sometimes she’s waiting for lunch and I’m in the kitchen preparing her favorite…Velveeta Shells & Cheese.
In hindsight, one of the “blessings” of losing my mom when I was 18 is that it forced my dad and I to become a little closer. He has softened quite a bit over the years. We end every phone conversation we have nowadays with “I love you”.
Like I said, May is a month of memories this year. So many things have changed in one year.
A year ago, I was working as a receptionist at an animal clinic. Today, I am working as a virtual assistant out of my home (and loving it!)
A year ago, my husband was working as the computer/software guy for a company that does contract work for the Coast Guard. Today, he is 650 miles away transitioning into a new job down in Georgia.
A year ago, we were gearing up for the school year to end and looking forward to our community pool opening up and summer day trips to the beach. Today, we are gearing up for the school year to end, packing up the house and looking forward to joining my husband down in Georgia.
A year ago, my dad was a fiercely independent and active 72-year-old man. Today, after suffering a stroke on May 21 of last year, he is paralyzed on his left side, bed ridden, and dependent on others.
A year ago, I was getting excited and nervous about releasing my eBook on May 23 (My mom’s birthday). Today, as I continue trying to follow His lead and His prompting in my life, I wonder what’s around the corner. I have no idea. I couldn’t have imagined all this around the corner a year ago.
But, one thing’s for sure, wherever the road leads next, I’ll be writing it all down.
Where has the road taken you in one year’s time?