Ten years ago to this very day, my mother passed away … it was June 13, 2001. Less than eight months earlier, we all celebrated my parents’ 50th anniversary. Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor only 36 days prior to her death. The end was fast and furious. At the time it all felt surreal … I felt mostly numbness.
Ten years later, I miss my mother but feel mostly gratitude. Sadness no longer overwhelms me … although I am feeling it now as I write. I accept what Mama Gump said, “Death is just a part of life. It’s something we’re all destined to do.”
I’m grateful for my mother. My mother taught me the meaning of personal responsibility. She planted the seeds that have grown into the concept of Gumption. She gave me life … what more could I have asked for? That is why I feel grateful.
In my file cabinet I found the eulogy that I delivered at her funeral. My two brothers and two sisters helped me craft it – I’m grateful for my four siblings.
Today, to honor my mother … ten years after her passing … I want to share with you the final words spoken about her at the time.
I love you, Mom! Your spirit lives on inside me. I’m grateful.