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My mom taught me so many things in the short 13 years I got with her. Along with a love of reading, she taught me how to love and take care of people, to be helpful and kind, and how to find the humor and joy in almost any situation. I know there's a lot more I'd have learned from her in the years since she died.
People like to say that things get easier as time goes on. I'm not sure that is true. It has never gotten easier to be without my mom. I have had to figure out how to live my life though. There really never has feel like much of a choice. Life keeps on going. Everyone else's life went back to normal, except for mine. I had to figure out my new "normal."
I still think of her everyday. Sometimes in short, quick thoughts, like when I hear her favorite song or drive by our old house. Sometimes in long, sad moments, when I truly feel her absence. Like birthdays and graduations, holidays and today, the 19th anniversary of her passing away.