Today is my mama’s birthday. Many would say she would have been 95 today, she is 95 today, but she is celebrating in heaven. I may not get to celebrate with her in body today, but I will celebrate today with her in spirit and remembrance.
I remember sitting on the edge of the tub with a skinned up knee. Mama reached into the medicine cabinet above the sink and pulled out a bottle of ST 37 and some cotton balls and soothed the scrape with her gentle touch.
I remember the smell of bacon traveling down the hall and finding its way into my room signaling that breakfast was almost ready and I need to get up and get ready for school.
I remember her tears when she was told that one of her sons had been killed in an accident.
I remember my baptism and looking out from the baptism pool and seeing her sitting in the pews beaming with pride.
I remember her driving the Vista Cruiser taking neighborhood children across town to elementary school.
I remember her smiles when family had gathered together for Christmas.
I remember her wanting one last hug on the porch as I got in my car and left for my first day of college.
I remember her loading the washing machine, unloading the dryer and folding clothes and asking what I had learned in school today and did I want a snack.
I remember her sitting poised and proud with other families as they watched their sons and daughters receive their commissions on a parade field.
I remember my last day of jump school at Fort Benning, mama saw me and said, “I looked up and wondered if that was my boy jumping out of that airplane!”
I remember her telling me that she would not be the only woman in my life anymore, but she would always be the first.
I remember the open arms always given to a son who may have stumbled a few times.
I remember having lunch one day and pulling out the chair next to me so we could sit side by side, only to have her move across the table so she could look straight into my face.
I remember her cuddling my newborn daughter. Her eyes revealed the words in her heart.
I remember the love in your eyes the last day that I saw you.
I remember saying goodbye to you for the last time. Almost a year ago now. I remember you every day, not just today on your birthday. I still talk to you, but I miss hearing your voice. You continue to live in the hearts, minds and souls of everyone you touched. I’m sure you welcomed Aunt Angie and Bonnie with big hugs in heaven.
We will always remember.
Happy Birthday Mama.