Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Mom

3693395187_9cbaee3298_oMy sweet mom, Joyce Andrea Johnson Anderson, passed away on January 29, 2014. 

As you can see, it’s taken me a long time to write this post.  I feel intimidated by the idea of writing what feels like a life-summary post about my mom.  I’m afraid I won’t do her justice.  That I won’t say everything I want to say.

So I’ve decided not to.  Not to write a life-summary post that is, not to say everything that needs to be said in one post.  I think I’ll feel free to write more about my mom whenever  I feel like it.

It makes me sad to know she won’t be reading it, my most faithful Clearlyliving reader.

At my mom’s memorial, I shared that she is my biggest fan and greatest cheerleader.  I think she told everyone she ever met – including people standing behind her in line! – about me and my work in Mozambique and my blog.  She was always giving people my blog address.  I sure will miss having my biggest fan on my side.

My mom was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in 2004, shortly after I moved to Mozambique.  She did amazingly well with having cancer these last nine years and I am so grateful for that time.  Even though I’ve lived out of the country, I’ve had a lot of wonderful times with her over these years.

But I still wasn’t ready to lose her, of course.  Her mother had died when she was 76 and I always thought that was so young, and here my mom died two months before she turned 76.  I still think it is so young.

I miss my mom.  4069062517_394b322223_o

1 comment:

The Reeds said...

Oh Laura.. I'm not just saying this, today I thought about you and how I hadn't heard from you in a while. I should have prayed. I'm so so sorry.

There can never be enough words for a gaping hole and a huge loss. It's wonderful to hear how much she loved you.. What a legacy.

Write as much as you want. When you want. I will always be here.

I'm really really sorry.

Big hugs.