As we prepare to head back home for a bit, the past few weeks almost seem a blur. On the one hand, it has been tough to watch my Mom enter this part of her life's journey. The Hospice staff have been so professional, while also exhibiting genuine care and kindness...not only to Mom but to us, her family, as well.
Many, many friends and family have brightened her room and her spirits. I have heard countless stories as folks share how Mom has touched their lives individually. Ages vary from young, in-between and those wise in years.
Today we had a double helping of blessings from years gone by. Two young women came to spend some time with Mom, granddaughters of a very special friend of Mom's who passed away about 10 years ago. These "girls" drove quite a distance to come to see Mom. There were giggles as memories were shared--memories which time cannot blur or erase---despite a trendy change of hair colour and the blessing of parenthood. It has been so rewarding to see how each member of this special family has remained faithful to my Mom--a woman they have loved and enjoyed for many years.
After leaving Mom later this afternoon, we went to visit my girlfriend's mom. Lill has been my friend since grade 2, and she and her husband generously opened their home to us during the past couple of weeks while we remained in Calgary to be with Mom. I really wanted to visit with her Mom, so today was the day Kip and I popped over. I hadn't had the opportunity to visit with her for many years although we touched base a couple of times. It was a wonderful visit--a joyous and happy time, chatting about the present and the past. However, it was when she offered us a treat that something truly special happened. I took one bite and it was like biting into a memory. The taste immediately transported me back to when I was 10 years old! It was a Dutch treat and I guess I've not had a taste of it since I was very young, hanging out at my girlfriend's! It was a wonderful sensation and a gift I was very thankful for.
Sometimes our memories fade or wane--sometimes they just can't be "called up." Yet there are times when God sprinkles a memory or two upon us, blessing us with something very special---recollections of treasured friendships. Some carry on throughout our lives, others are enjoyed for only a season in life. Yet all are precious and all tell a story about those whose lives change ours in some beautiful way.
Hold on tight to those friendships which sparkle in your treasure-chest of life...they are priceless jewels.
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