Today was Sunday, certainly not a day of rest as they say no rest for the wicked. My youngest son had a 6:00 am practice this morning so the household was up and about just after 5:00 am. Once my husband gets home from this practice, he gets ready for his own hockey game and he grabs one son and goes one way and I grab the other son and go to church. After church and a quick bite we all head over to the rink to attend my oldest son’s hockey game. We got to the rink 45 minutes early so I had time to run some errands – off I went to the mall to pick up the few things I needed. The mall that is closest to the rink is also close to where my mother use to live and my mom use to walk over to that mall day in and day out to hang out with her friends in the food court drinking coffee and talking. There are a lot of senior citizens in that area and she knew them all. About five years ago my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and three years ago she passed away due to complications of this awful disease. I haven’t been to that mall since she died. As I’m walking through the mall I was observing all of her old haunts and everywhere I turned I saw her there, sitting in the food court with all of her friends, I swear she was the woman in the red jacket and the grey hat but when I looked closer it wasn’t her. This group of woman were so engrossed in their conversation and then someone must of cracked a joke and they all laughed. I swear I heard my mother’s laugh. As I walked by her favourite store, Suzanne’s, I couldn’t resist going in for a browse, as I was looking through the racks, I pictured my mom in this blouse or that sweater or that skirt and then I saw a grey haired head bobbing in between the racks and I took a good look because I swear it was my mother. The lady working at the store came by and asked if I needed any help and I wanted to say “did you know my mother?” “She loved your store”. Of course I just said “no thank you, just looking” but I thought she must of known my mother, mom spent so much time in here trying on all kinds of clothes, getting the sales ladies to help her then buying the item only to take it back the next day. I’m sure she drove them crazy but she was always friendly and had this great laugh. Today was a trip down memory lane, I could feel my mom everywhere I went today and just when I think I’ve moved on to the next chapter of my life it hits me – I miss my mom, I miss her laugh, I miss her jokes, I miss her advice even though I didn’t want it, I miss the way she loved my children, I miss the way she kidded with my husband, she was so much a part of my life and now she’s gone. Not truly gone she’s still here in my heart and soul and she was definitely in that mall today and as I left the mall under my breath I said – “see you later mom have fun!”
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I have tears in my eyes. What a beautiful tribute. So agonizing — to see your mother in all those places, and yet, it couldn’t be her. Sounds like she was full of life, and that you both had a beautiful relationship. Your ending was perfect. I’m so glad you whispered that happy thought to your mother.
Thank you – I cry every time I read it – not to make you cry anymore – I posted a piece I wrote for another blog – you will find it in November 2011 – piece called connections – I hold that story close to my heart.