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One More Hug – Run for the Sun

“You are beautiful and one more hug before you go.”

My son is having trouble
saying goodbye to me in the mornings when I drop him off at school. He cries,
“one more hug, one more hug,” with his arms outstretched towards me.  I hug him and say, “I will always give you
one more hug. I am in your heart and you are in mine.” I whisper to him, “You
can feel me in your heart throughout the day like a hug.” He sweetly asks, “Are
you always hugging my heart?” A tear forms and I say, “Yes, I am always hugging
your heart… forever and ever.”

Mom has entered the last
stages of her long and wonderful life journey and I now have to say goodbye to
my mother as she “drops” me off for the rest of my life without her. The end of
the journey has brought many memories to mind but my son saying, “one more hug,
one more hug,” has brought one memory back in particular: soft light was filtering
in through the window and my moms reflection was in the mirror standing behind
me braiding my hair before school. I looked at her in the mirror and she smiled
at me and said, “You’re beautiful and one more hug before you go.”

Mom showed her love through actions like: doing my hair, helping me get ready for school and being there when I got home with an afternoon snack, making sure I had the right school supplies and clothes, preparing delicious meals, teaching me to sew, helping me make crafty projects for my friends, and sending care packages when I was far away.

Blessings were abundant
growing up. The house was filled with love, family and friends, the laughter
from us three girls, dad working on projects, and mom decorating to make our
home a beautiful place.  They were worry
free days knowing that mom and dad provided everything we needed.

Now that I am a mother
myself, I realize all that my mom did for me growing up. Through her love and
actions she has made me who I am today and I am grateful. I will work to pass
on all that my mom has taught me to my children. I will continue to hold onto all
that I have learned from mom, cherish my time spent with her and my family and
hold dear the memories we share.

After reflecting on all the wonderful memories and lessons learned from my mom. I think I will never know how to really say goodbye, so for now I will say:

Mom,

I love you so much. You are a blessing in my life. You are brave and strong. Thank you for giving me the gift of life and for all you have done for me. I cherish our memories and time together. We are always in your heart and you are in our hearts. We are always hugging your heart forever and ever. May God bless you and keep you peaceful. May your journey be filled with love, light and your mom and dad welcoming you home with one more hug.

You are beautiful and one more hug before you go.

I love you,

Mindy

“We are always hugging your heart forever and ever. “


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