My Mom passed away July 2010 and three years later, I still really miss her. I think about her a lot, about her illness and what she was going through at the time but also the great times we had together.
She lived in Vancouver for 10 years having moved out from Edm in 1996 after my father passed away. In her last year, she lived in Edm near my oldest sister and was getting treated for her illness. The last year of her life even was incredibly special for all of her children.
My Mom was a nurse, trained as a nurse, so knew a lot about medical stuff and my oldest sister also knows a lot about medical info.
My Mom was really intelligent and well read. She liked to stay abreast of the news and national news, politics, sports, etc. She was 74 when she passed away but as her kids grew up, she was like a sister to me and my two sisters. We would travel together and celebrate special occasions together.
Her passing made me realize the fragility of life. Nothing last for ever; everything is temporary including our time here on earth. Things can be going along great and an illness can strike very fast and take you out. I guess a lot of people feel they did not do enough or where not there enough for their loved ones and I definately feel that.
I miss taking to her; she was a big Vancouver Canucks fan and loved watching them play Even when she moved to Edm, we got the NHL Center Ice package so she could watch their games.
I miss just taking about current affairs with her and her kind ways. She was a really kind person, quiet but smart.
Some of her favorite things were:
- great books
- a glass of wine
- watching Canucks hockey
- Monteray, California (she loved it when she would travel there)
- Nice things such as nice and simple pieces of furniture such as stuff from Bombay Company
- long walks
- eating out for lunch and having a good chat over lunch
- she liked art but simple pieces
- salmon. She really loved a great salmon meal
- her kids. She loved to see her kids and grand kids.
- she works as a libririan for a time and loved books
- cleanliness. Her place and things were spotless, totally clean.
I was not easy having 4 kids in 5 years and she did everything she could for us. My Dad traveled quite a bit in his working years so she would have to look after us. She was a great cook and would make all my father’s favorite food.
She was a really incredibly special person to me and I miss her terribly.