Let me apologize in advance for this downer of a post, but my mama has been on my mind. She passed away on December 6, 2012 and had been ill for several months. I’m the oldest child and only girl in the family. I’m not ashamed to say my mama was my BFF, and even during my turbulent teen years, I could always count on her to have my back.
Mama supported me no matter what I wanted to do. As a child, I was the shyest person around, speaking only when spoken to, and then so quietly I had to repeat what I said several times. I hated to talk. I’d rather spend my time reading and daydreaming. So when I announced I wanted to become an attorney, others laughed and wondered out loud who would want to hire someone who hated to talk. But Mama believed in me and was able to say “I told you so” to a lot of people when I opened my own firm.
My mama was not a techie, no matter how hard I tried to bring her into the twenty-first century. I gave her a nearly new netbook which she promptly turned over to my younger brother. Her cellphone was a bare-bones model, and she had trouble operating it too. I tell you this to say she never read one of my published stories, but she still bragged on me like crazy. She was my biggest supporter.
I’ll always love you, Mama. I miss you.
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