Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my moms birthday. She would have been 71 this year. WOW. Weird. I lost

her at age 54 (her age, not mine). I never saw her dye her hair to cover the grey or lose her

teeth or get older. I can't imagine what she would look like today. So odd to

think about. I always say I want her back, but I want her back before she became

the dependant alcoholic that she was. I want the person I remember as a young

child. The mom who baked cookies and sewed amazing clothes.

The teacher that I loved watching in action. The creativeness, the giggles, the

silly smart lady. That is who I want back. These are the absolute best memories.

There are more good memories than bad memories. I find them so hard to write

down. Even the joyful ones.

Better Memory: When she turned 50, I bought her an outfit. She was feeling

depressed because she didn't want to be fifty. (still don't know why) So I gave

her present early to her the morning before. She was very  surprised. And then

she was like, wow, cool. The pants didn't fit. So my stepdad told her to

call in to work, take the day off and he would take her out for lunch and shopping. He

took her to the store, returned the slacks and got her a beautiful skirt and the silk top I

bought her. (this was the outfit she was later buried in four years later) It cheered her up.

She got to wear her new outfit on her real birthday the next day and she was happier.

My very last memory of her is too sad to share. I was so blind to her addiction.

My stepdad was her cover. He was trying to keep it all together all by himself

and trying to make sure she could still function on a daily basis. (hence the

name: functioning alcoholic)

17 years without her and this year I am missing her so much. Why? maybe because

my husband and kids never got to meet her. Maybe because I see my stepfather

still grieve over her. Maybe because my brother, in some way died with her, at

least a piece of him is gone that I will never see again.


This is Girl Schmuck signing off.

1 comment:

  1. Addiction totally sucks... got it in my family also.