I still have my memories though. My mom and her aunt Alice would argue in the kitchen how how to properly time everything. I just laughed because it was funny to me to see my mom regress to acting like a 17 year old. When my Aunt Joyce hosted them, everything looked like it came out of a Martha Stewart magazine. She had the full fancy table and feast. Even when my mom was in an Assisted Living, my husband and I would go eat there with the elders and the food was pretty good still!
Yesterday I was looking through a box of my spiral bound notebooks, trying to find a small one that would fit in my purse. I am a bit of a notebook collector and I have several that are half-written. As I picked up one notebook, a photograph of my mom and my aunt fell out. On the back of the photograph it said it was taken at My aunt Stelma and Uncle Tom's 50th wedding anniversary. It would be very uncharacteristic for me to use a photo as a bookmark, so it was quite a surprise.
I felt like it was a little wink from heaven that they knew I was thinking of them. I also know that my mom would be mad at me for posting this version of her online because it's not the most flattering, but she also had a sense of humor so I'm sure she'll forgive me.
Happy Thanksgiving folks... don't be afraid to talk about the ones you're missing. How can you have lost them if you know where they are? We will all be reunited again someday.
Here's the picture: