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The passing of the torch

by Monica on December 8, 2009 · 4 comments

Hot tears streaked down the sides of my cheeks, as I read the card:

“You peeking through the living room blinds on Millstone to watch Jeannie Poirier kiss her boyfriend goodbye.”

“Whenever we played outside after supper, we had to go home when the street lights came on.”

“Richard Laurison always bullied us.  One day as we walked up his road, he came up to punch you and I gave him 2 black eyes … he never bullied us again.”

She had a childhood, years and years of memories, and it was so foreign to me.  I was sad that I was finding out about all these things for the first time, and that she wasn’t there with me as I came to realize this.  I sat alone in her cold house and clenched the card, reading every entry, one by one.  I was so eager to learn as much as I could.

“Mom always cooked a wonderful big dinner with dessert on Sundays.”

“Finding nuts, a japanese orange and a candy cane in our stockings and always a comic too.”

“Mom telling us stories when we were sick and we always wanted to hear ‘Babes in the Woods’ and cry.”

I never knew my Grandmother as she had passed away before I was born.  My Mom raised my brother and I without her, and I am just now understanding the magnitude of what that must have been like.  I see now how strong she was and how she continued on, keeping the essence of her Mother alive in the meals she made, the traditions she carried and in the nurturing and love she made certain we felt.

I will be doing the same now that my Mom is no longer here.

To have even just this tiny peek into what her childhood was like, not only brought on tears, but a strong sense of connection to where I’ve come from.  I knew right then and there that the path I was on in my own life, creating special memories like these for my son, would have so much more meaning now than ever.

I tucked the card that my Aunt had written to my Mom back into the box along with all the others and wiped the tears from my face.

This is the beginning of a new chapter.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb December 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Wow, so powerful and full of wonder, this sad, yet inspiring journey you travel will bring you closer and closer to your mom…bless you.

Seanna McDonald December 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

You are an incredible, inspiring woman.

Alison December 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

this brought tears to my eyes. such a lovely post.

Monica December 10, 2009 at 10:57 am

Thank you so much for the responses ladies : ) Seanna, likewise.

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