Over the past month I've had several people tell me how much they appreciated my Mother. I've heard lots about her smile, joy of life and hardworking nature. I also provided many memories as well to others.
Also, I can't remember the number of people who I've met this past month who've said, what I've come to learn, the "usual things" during times of mourning:
1. My Condolences
2. My thoughts are with you
3. My prayers are with you.
4. I'm thinking about you
and on and on. These I know are all heartfelt as you can see it in people's faces.
I also have received hundreds of hugs from my Mom's friends, family and coworkers. The stack of cards at my Dad's place takes hours to read and sort through. Each time I look I find something new to learn about my mother or others appreciation of the kindness my Mother provided.
Perhaps this past week the school she worked the past two years at as an Educational Assistant at published the notice of her passing in their September School Newsletter complete with a poem by one of my Mom's coworkers. It is definately worth a read.
The Memories of my Mom will no doubt continue. That I will appreciate forever.