I can’t say thanks enough for the crowd of people who showed up in New Orleans for Mom’s first memorial service. People from Orlando, where the second service will be held August 18th, even came. Thanks to everyone for your hugs and support and continued prayers.
If you were there, you may remember that we opened with a video tribute that I put together remembering Mom. Well, some people asked if they could see it again and share it. So, I uploaded it. Here it is if you would like to see it again (or see it for the first time if you were not there Wednesday morning).
I miss Mom. Dad and I set out from New Orleans together this afternoon. We are staying the night about halfway between New Orleans and Orlando, and we will arrive in Orlando tomorrow afternoon. It continues to be a rich time with Dad. I am so thankful for Dad and Erik, and I am excited about our continued time together in the coming days. I do miss Mom, though. I wish we had left New Orleans today with her instead of without her.
When we pulled out of the guest house parking lot today there in New Orleans, we crossed the street beside the very crosswalk where Mom and Dad were struck. It is still a bit surreal to me how much life was changed in an instant inside that crosswalk. A trip to New Orleans for Mom and Dad that was to have ended April 12th ended August 6th instead. It ended without Mom instead of with her. It ended with Dad being a super man who can also be described as the bionic man (with all his additional metal). But it has ended.
Now, the new normal. Lots of memories of Mom. Lots of life left to live. Life can be changed in a moment, but we must continue to live in the moment and in the abundance that God intended. That abundance is defined by love and relationships. Mom would want nothing less.
If you still have your mom, take her out this weekend. Or call her if you can’t. Or send flowers. Or get her some tea. Or let her hold her grandchildren. Or give her the biggest hug. It’s in those moments when life is abundant.
Thanks for showing us that in so many moments Mom. See you soon…