My Mama’s Birthday

Today would have been my mama’s birthday.

Needless to say, those of us who loved her are sure missing her today.

I know the first year after losing a loved one, of muddling through holidays and special occasions, is the worst, but it doesn’t make it easier.

But today, instead of letting grief and sadness weigh me down, I’m trying to focus on sweet memories, instead.

Like the way Mom went out of her way to make our birthdays special. She’d almost always make my favorite meal which was her homemade chicken and noodles, even though she didn’t like noodles.

And the way she’d often hum or sing in the kitchen as she worked. The kitchen was where I could almost always  find Mom, unless she was in the living room quilting or crocheting, or rocking one of the grandbabies to sleep. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent in the kitchen working by her side.


Mom was always such a good sport when I had some crazy project and needed her help. She had a wonderful laugh and sweet smile, and her comforting hand could make the worst day seem so much better. She loved her family fiercely and completely.

Today, I’m might be missing her so much, but I like to think she knows. She knows our deep grief comes from our deep love for her.

So Happy Birthday, Mama. I wish you were here so I could bring you angel food cake and give you a big, big hug.

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6 Responses

  1. What a beautiful blog post! Your mom is beautiful and you take after her! I think our moms are definitely looking after us and are aware of our love for them. Hugs and love to you!

    1. You are so sweet, Lynette. Thank you. I love to think they are watching over us! Hugs and love to you, too!

  2. Shanna- What a beautiful tribute to your mom. My love and prayers go out to you, your Dad, Scott, you’re brothers, & and all her grandchildren. Our memories are so precious on days like this. Love you so much.

  3. I loved my Mom like you loved yours. I miss her everyday. The second I put on a mask to go to the grocery store, I always wonder how my Mom would feel about this. I think she would’ve been very afraid. At least she is spared from this new life we’ve all had to adapt.

    1. Oh, I know what you mean, Audrey. My mom would have been so afraid of all the changes COVID has brought to our lives the last few months.
      So sorry you lost your mom and sending love your way. <3

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