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Old February 5th, 2007, 03:30 PM
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Default 2nd year Anniversary, Remembering Mom

I posted this tribute to my mom 2 years ago, when she passed. I re-read it today, along with the many responses it received at the time and I'm happy to notice that the majority of wonderful people who responded with condolences, are still a part of this board. I'm also happy to be able to truly call alot of them my friends. Thanks everybody, for caring.


Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her, until at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says "There, she is gone."

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar, as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is not in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!", there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying.

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Old February 5th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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Donna, so lovely..I must think about my Mom a 100 times a week..she is always close by...Knowing you, as I have for these years now, I know your Mom is, as well...Lets raise a cup ot tea to them, and all our Moms

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Old February 5th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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My heart goes out to you today RD as you remember your mom. She was a very special lady who was blessed with a very loving and caring daughter.

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Old February 5th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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What a beautiful moving tribute for your mom!
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Old February 5th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Donna, you & I both lost our mothers around the same time. My Mom passed away on February 4th, 2005. I remember your nice wishes also and from the other cruisemates whom I've never met. Nice to have such caring people around!

We went to my Mom's niche on Thursday, so that she could have beautiful flowers and a "Happy Birthday" decoration on her niche all day. We sang Happy Birthday there (she was born on Feb 3rd), and told her again how much we missed her.

One of the most wonderful memories we have is when my sister & I took her on a cruise. She really enjoyed seeing the sights, and being pampered by our waiter and bus boy! It truly is wonderful to have such nice memories....

And God Bless all of our Moms! They are truly our lighthouses thru life...

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Old February 5th, 2007, 06:11 PM
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Donna, it does not seem like two years.
I remember following your posts and the wonderful pictures you posted over the last several months prior to her passing.
You and your mom became very real persons to me and I grieved at her passing.
I hope the last two years have given you peace and understanding and left you with beautiful memories.
God Bless.

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Old February 5th, 2007, 07:06 PM
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Donna, that is a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing. You're in my thoughts.
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Old February 5th, 2007, 07:51 PM
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Donna, my heart goes out to you today! I was there also on this same day.(today) No matter how many years go by the memories are still today's. What a wonderful Tribute!
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Old February 5th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Donna, I remember thinking what a lovely piece that was and it actually made me realize that when our dad passed his friends were waiting for him for the next card game. It made me think about the other side. I still remember the snowman you and Tyler made for Gladys to welcome her home.
Trip, I agree that it seems like I think of my parents 100's of times a day/week, but am glad they're back together.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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Thinking of you - I'm so glad you have so many wonderful memories to get you through the sad days - treasures really, just as real and priceless as diamonds and pearls.
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