16 years ago today.....I lost my mom to a lung disease. Yes she smoked....the one thing she did to cope with a hard life. She also had Rheumatoid arthritis. She was devoted to us five children and was a great inspiration. She wasn't perfect, but she was close.
I must confess....I hated the smoke when I was a kid....me and my sister would bury our heads in our shirts for a filter. We all had a lot of secondhand smoke.
I wish she would have quit smoking like my dad did. My dad is fine and healthy....he quit drinking 43 years ago as well. She did quit, but it was way too late...she was terminal.
I would give anything to have one more carefree day with her....maybe shopping, having one of her meals, talking about just about anything would be great.
As I have said before on the blog...my one and only daughter was just born 20 days before my moms death...I do believe her will was strong....and she willed herself to see my baby.
My mom was a navy vet, a fabulous Morse code operator, a terrific secretary, a wonderful story teller, was soooo darned smart, she could play anything on the piano, she was a great cook, sewer, crafter, made every holiday really special, and sooo much more!
If you still have your mom with you...consider yourself very lucky!