Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mom and Dad

Today is a very emotional day for me.  Not just for me, but for my siblings as well.  It has been 4 years since mom died.  I can't believe it has already been that long.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of both of my parents.  I often ask "why".  Why did they have to die at such young ages?  I miss calling home just to hear their voices.  

I miss mom driving up in the driveway and seeing her sit in the car and talk to herself.  I miss mom's laugh.  I miss her limp. (the grandkids didn't know her without having a limp)  I miss her coffee cake.  (she made the best coffee cake)  I miss her late night talks.  I miss playing "nerts" with her.  I miss seeing her lead the music.  She was great.  I miss all the "projects" she had going on at her house.  (I think I took after her too much that way)  I miss her never ending service she was giving to someone.  I miss my mom.

I miss dad coming home from work and walking through the side door.  I miss that smell of diesel mixed with the hand soap from his work.  I miss hearing him singing.  I miss hearing him talking in Spanish.  I miss watching "The Man From Snowy River" with him and dreaming of a day when we could go to Australia.  I miss hearing his old truck drve up in the driveway.  I miss his smile.  I miss my dad.

I hope they are both smiling down at us.  I hope we are not disappointing them in our decisions.  I hope that one day my children will be able to understand fully what wonderful people they were.  I hope they are celebrating this anniversary of their reunion together.  I look forward to the day that we will see them again and smile in the thought that Families Are Forever.

These bags were made for the Relay For Life event here in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  This was my way of paying tribute to them at this year's event.