2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE DAY 15: Life in the Balance (Poem)

Balance by eriksherman
Balance by eriksherman

Life in the Balance

I love
Flowers in the spring
The color green
My friends and families
Dragonfly wings
Intangible things

I don’t love
A hard freeze in April
Walking uphill
Overestimating my skill
Disturbing an anthill
The words ‘hate’ and ‘kill’

I’m growing still
and these may change
or maybe not
isn’t Life strange?

© LTM 04/15/14

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My Mother. And yes, that's me...
My Mother. And yes, that’s me…

Today is my Mom’s birthday. She would have been 71 years old and still a newlywed…and still rescuing/caring for/feeding cats. Not just her own, but herds of strays that gathered in various places within an hour of her home. She loved these animals, fought for them and did whatever she could do for them on her tight budget. She grew up an only child and they were her brothers and sisters. I remember in ’92, when she had emergency surgery for a temporal aneurysm, the doctor told me she was severely malnourished.  She was living with about 30 cats and had been starving herself to feed them.

She suffered several emotional traumas in her young life and (as a result?) had earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She was good at it too, but continued to suffer setbacks as her life progressed. She was a GOOD Mom. She was exactly the Mom I needed. My brother and I always knew she loved us, no matter how bad we’d screwed up…and we DID screw up. LOL!

I’ve learned a lot about my Mom since she was killed last year. I knew she loved to write, but I didn’t know she wrote poetry and had never read any of it. I found some pages in her things that just awed me. 🙂 I knew she respected her Mother quite a bit, but I never knew how much she truly loved her or how much it crushed her when Mama Katie passed away.

© Susan W. Teachout
© Susan W. Teachout

Last year on this day, I was in a funeral parlor planning her funeral. Strange how things happen? Tomorrow is the day she was cremated and Thursday is the day she was buried.  So, in less than a 2 week span, I remember her death, birthday, cremation and burial. 2 weeks from today is my own birthday…I was 2 weeks late. Do the math. 😉

Today is going to be a happy day. I miss her so terribly, but she wouldn’t have me upset on her birthday. So I am going to get off the computer-get to baking, writing, crocheting and maybe take some random pics. And I am going to do these things WITH her as well as FOR her.

Happy Birthday Mom – enjoy the party!

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