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Sit it out or dance…

In May, my mom was ill and had to be hospitalized.  Without a second thought, I jumped in my car and drove for two days to North Carolina.  I spent a week with her there and drove back home.  In June, she was back in the hospital.  This time opted to fly and spent another week.   As I left her hospital room in Chapel Hill, I knew in my heart that it would be the last time I would see her.
On October 1st, I got the call that she wasn’t doing well and there was concern that she wouldn’t make it through the night.  How could this be?  I had just talked with her the night before.  I was in the hospital in South Dakota, she was in the hospital in North Carolina.   We joked we laughed and she said: “I’m so glad you called, I can finally rest”.  I said “Ok Mama, get some sleep, I love you.  I’ll talk to you tomorrow”.  I never got to talk to her again.
I’m sad.  I miss her.  There are a million things I wish I would have told her, questions I want to ask her, and hugs I want to give her.  I miss my Mama.  However, I know she wouldn’t want me to be sad.  She would tell me to wipe away my tears, put a smile on my face and dance.  She always said… “I Hope You Dance”.   Well, Mama, I want you to know that I will always dance!

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  • Donna Welch EarnhardtJanuary 20, 2016 - 12:33 am

    Beautifully written, my friend. I love seeing your posts online – and you know your mama would be super-proud of all you are doing. *hugging you from NC*ReplyCancel

  • Kristy MacdougallJanuary 20, 2016 - 12:50 am

    I love you Angi. The last time I talked with her was on Tuesday, I was driving so I had her on speaker phone. She was laughing at me and Travis because Travis was being Travis and driving me crazy. I feel like we are blessed because the last time we both talked to her she was happy and we ended our conversations with “I love yous”. I think that was her gift to us. ❤ReplyCancel

  • Janine BettsJanuary 20, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Angi…even tho’ we are very new “friends”, the minute I met you I knew you were full of compassion and love…I liked you. I really look forward to getting to know you better thru our chance meetings and here on this Blog! Dance with joy!ReplyCancel