It has been almost 19 years since I last saw my mom. It was sometime in May of 1997. A business trip to Albuquerque from Las Cruces gave me opportunity to stop and see her on my way home. She lived in Magalena, NM near the foot of the mountains. Her life was simple and she was happy. She was an active senior, not much older than I am now. The senior center in her small town provided a lot of opportunity for social activities. The day I stopped by to see her she was planning on going with other seniors to a dance at the senior center in Socorro, about 27 miles away along the Rio Grande river on I-25. We had a nice visit as I told her all about what my children, husband, and I were doing.
When it was time for her get ready for the dance she asked me to comb and rebraid her hair. She had long hair and since childhood I always loved to comb her long hair. It was something special for me. As a child I would brush her hair while she took a short nap. It was my favorite thing to do. She would lay across her bed and hang her hair over side and I sat on the floor gently brushing her hair as she dozed.
That day in May 1997, I did her hair and said my goodbyes. It was still a 2 1/2 – 3 hour drive home. That was the last time I ever said I love you, hugged my mom goodbye, or saw her. She died in August before we had a chance as a family to go see her. A trip originally planned to visit her for Labor Day Weekend ended up a trip to have a memorial service for her.
As I looked back I realized that the last time I saw her was arranged by God. He knew that I would never see her again and made sure that I would have a fond memory of that last goodbye. No regrets, nothing left unsaid, an act of service that I loved doing for mom. I treasure the last memory I have of my mom. God blessed me even though at the time I didn’t know what a blessing it would be.
Take the time to honor your mother on this day. Blessings.
Happy Mother’s Day!