Above and Below What’s Lost

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


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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.

Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “above/below.” Use one, use both, use ’em however they inspire you. Bonus points if you use them both. Enjoy!


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37 responses to Above and Below What’s Lost

  1. quiall says:

    That was lovely! And I feel exactly the same way about my parents. I never thought I would say that.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    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.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      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.

      • Dan Antion says:

        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.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Kudos to your friend’s caring daughter for taking action that keeps her mom safe and with family.

  3. Herman says:

    Thank you so much for this heartwarming and emotional post, Mary. You can see in the photographs that your mother was a wonderful woman.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Sending hugs to you, Herman! I hope you are doing okay and looking forward, as I am, to warmer temps and spring.

  4. murisopsis says:

    A wonderful tribute to the bond you shared with your mother! I loved the photos – she had a twinkle in her eye!

  5. JoAnna says:

    Your mother’s beauty and wisdom shine though your words and photos. This is love that lives forever.

  6. catladymac says:

    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.

  7. J-Dub says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us Mary. I can feel your love for her and it warms up this room ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I will always treasure these photos of my mom. It was a special time when we became closer thsn we had ever been before.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    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.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      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.

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