February 15th marks the two year anniversary of when I lost my mother at the age of 99-1/2. While I miss this dear woman, I am relieved and grateful that she is not sitting alone in a nursing home, without her daughter’s visits, while a pandemic rages on. Heaven above is where she belongs and earth below is where I must live and breathe and keep moving.
I can plainly see
Your smile from above
The peace you must feel
From God’s eternal love
I can strongly feel
Your presence here below
The comfort that’s shared
The satisfying grace you know
I can passionately hear
Endearing words lost
Embedded in an elder’s soul
A daughter’s memory embossed
Above and below
Lost, but painted clear
A mother and daughter intertwined
Both hearts abidingly near
Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors. Just go with the flow.
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37 responses to Above and Below What’s Lost
Gone but good memories keep them from being forgotten.
Yes, very true, Judy.
That was lovely! And I feel exactly the same way about my parents. I never thought I would say that.
Thanks Pam. Our parents are always there in memories and the heart.
what a beautiful woman your mother was and what lovely poem for her memory
Thanks Beth. I miss that adorable face of character.
Wonderfully written piece! The photos are heartwarming. ❤
Thank you, Susan, fo your kind comment.
A lovely tribute to a wonderful woman and relationship. I do feel bad for the men and women in nursing homes who have to endure the isolation. It’s so sad.
I know, Dan. I’ve thought of my parents often in the last year, how awful it would have been for them to be alone in a pandemic. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the elderly and their families who have to deal with it.
We have a friend who was in a nursing home in FL. She was receiving daily visits from her family. When the lockdown started, her daughter here in CT, chartered a plane, and basically busted her mom out of the home and flew her up to live with her. Not the kind of think most people can do, but a wonderful story.
Kudos to your friend’s caring daughter for taking action that keeps her mom safe and with family.
This is so beautiful Mary, her warmth and love will always stay with you 💞💜💞
Xenia, I feel her love often. Thank you!
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Thank you so much for this heartwarming and emotional post, Mary. You can see in the photographs that your mother was a wonderful woman.
Sending hugs to you, Herman! I hope you are doing okay and looking forward, as I am, to warmer temps and spring.
A wonderful tribute to the bond you shared with your mother! I loved the photos – she had a twinkle in her eye!
Oh yes, that twinkle was her feistiness. I came to admire and love that about her.
Your mother’s beauty and wisdom shine though your words and photos. This is love that lives forever.
Absolutely, JoAnna. She is a mother I will never forget.
In this past year I have often thought how good it is that the People Who Are Gone have not had to deal with this.
I agree. My parents would have had a difficult time.
Thank you for sharing this with us Mary. I can feel your love for her and it warms up this room ❤
I figured we could both use a warming up. Glad to do it with some love on this cold day.
Oh, I love these types of photos. One of my favorites that pop up as flashbacks on Facebook – is one of my husband with his grandma that has now passed on. It helps us to remember what they looked like and the trip we took.
Here’s my post on the challenge: https://humblebuthumorous.com/2021/02/13/keeping-warm/
I will always treasure these photos of my mom. It was a special time when we became closer thsn we had ever been before.
Your photos are lovely as are your words. Your mother’s smile and warmth radiate off the screen. So nice that you have these pics to go with your memories.
Thanks Ally. I cherish everything I have left of my mother (and dad too).
Beautiful and heart warming. Thank you for sharing. i loved all the photos and your words.
You’re welcome Lakshmi and thank you for your lovely comment.
Sorry for the loss of your mother. It is good that you are comforted by her memory. Wonderful that she had such longevity.
Thanks Deborah. Mom and dad both had a good long life. Dad was 95 when he passed, but I never thought mom would live that long.