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My Mom

White IrisHer son died  in June.  Her mother passed away right before Thanksgiving. On the day of her mom’s funeral her daughter told her she had cancer. 

She had already had her share of trouble.  She had been bitten by a rattlesnake one evening early in June.  Though the barking of their dog alerted my parents to the presence of the snake in the iris bed and aroused them out of bed for the ill-fated hunt, my mom never saw the snake coming.    Like most of the other calamities she would face this year the serpent struck swiftly and unexpectedly. 

My mom had no idea what trials and losses she would face in the year since last Mother’s Day. Her perspective on this holiday is surely quite different than it was a year ago.  Every first is difficult after a loss, and this first is especially poignant. 

Iris Bed

But my mom is tough.  She’s resiliant.  She’s strong.  And she’s a great mom.  I am praying for the months between now and next Mother’s Day to be filled with good health and times that she can look back on fondly as she remembers sweet days and pleasant snake-free nights. 


Iris in Bloom

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!


  1. Mom
    Posted 9 May ’11 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Laura. You have been there with me, every step of the way, sharing the trials and sorrows. You were caring for Mother and your brother and easing my burdens while losing your dear father-in-law and embarking on your own difficult journey with cancer. You are the best daughter any mother could have. I love you.

  2. Lisa
    Posted 9 May ’11 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Laura, You and Meta are two of the strongest, most faithful women I have ever had the honor of knowing. You and she are like a sister and a mother to me. You have both been incredible, God-sent blessings in my life. I love you both. Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. Jammie
    Posted 9 May ’11 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely post. You and your mom are two of the strongest women I know. May God bless you both with healing and blessings in the coming year.


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