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tales from the parkside
01:26 PM - 02/20/2009

The topic: So, I’m expecting Brian to come home


he’s bringing some Jack in the Box tacos home for lunch.  The phone rings.

It’s the woman who bought my mom’s place.  I haven’t heard from her since we signed papers.  What, last August?  September?  Anyway, it’s been a while.

She says that they’ve been talking about having the rest of the windows done and who better to do it than the guy who installed the most recent ones?  Yep, you’ve got it, Brian.

We exchanged some small talk and I told her “you know, my mom passed away a year ago today”.


We’re back.

Oh, my God.  We walked in the back door and it was just like mom was still there.  They’ve painted some of the walls, a really nice mint green, very soothing, very, very nice.  The same mirror is on that same wall.

The dining room has the same dining room set, the living room has the same living room set, the same paintings hang in the same places on the wall.  The same television is in the same place in the living room. 

There’s the same carpeting throughout.  But it’s been professionally cleaned a couple of times.  And it looks really, really good.

The same futon is in the family room.  The only thing that was gone was the master bed and the two end tables that went with it.  It’s now at the owner’s son’s home. 

I was just amazed and pleased that the things that gave my mother so much pleasure are giving this wonderful family the same feelings. 

We went into the backyard and they’ve done a lot of work there, cut back a lot of the overgrowth and it’s open and airy and relaxing.  My mom would have loved it.  That yard was her baby.   Norma said she goes out there in the morning and will sit down and look around and look up and said “thanks, Vi”.  She says she thanks mom every day. 

This was a good thing for me.  To see my mom’s house on the first anniversary of her death and to see how it’s just so much the same.

I miss you, mom.

Just a little nudge in the right direction I guess and a reminder to you.

Posted by Norah @ Friday, February 20, 2009 - 1:58:18 PM

Oh, goodness.  I didn’t realize what day it was, I’m sorry, I should have remembered.

But wow, another message if you ask me.

I’m so glad this happened for you.  Were you at all worried about going in, before you did?

Posted by Naf @ Friday, February 20, 2009 - 4:23:43 PM

That was a very nice entry in your diary.

Posted by Bobbie @ Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:22:20 AM

I’m sorry, Diane, I overlooked this post!!! You have me heartfelt sympathy, and my joy for the fact that you got a “glimpse” of your mother, in the form of her old home and its new owner, on that very day! God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform, doesn’t He?! I remember Vi - I’ll always be grateful to you for introducing her to us all! I enjoyed reading about this feisty little lady from her first mention in this blog…you might say that I “liked her at first site”! smile I remember how thrilled I was to read that you took a kitty sticker and placed it on a calendar square for her, because I think I was the one who sent her the sticker!! Was it a 3D “magic motion” sticker? I also sent her some pictures of a litter of kittens in a cat-themed Valentine card! How shocked and sad I was to hear of her passing - we’d all known her for so short a time, and I felt so sorry for you!!! :’( I’m sure you do miss your mom - on March 2nd of this year, it will be eighteen years since my own mother passed away, and I still miss her very much!!! Mom’s death was also a sudden shock - she’d been sick, but nobody realized just how sick she was. She’d been admitted to the hospital the day before; due to the fact that no other rooms were available, she agreed to a suite that was available for an extra charge. I’m very glad she did, because one of the suites special privileges was the option for family members to spend the night; thanks to this special gift, for which I’ll always be grateful, I was able to spend what turned out to be her last night on Esrth with her. We ate supper together (baked fish, cauliflower, sliced carrots, and fruit cocktail), and watched the ABC Friday night lineup, including “Full House”, “Mr. Belvedere”, and “Perfect Strangers”, just as we did every Friday night. She fell asleep a little while later, andI was by her side, having been sleeping in an armchair, when she passed away at about three o’ clock in the morning. Mothers should live forever…!!! :’) I love and miss you, Mom!!!

Posted by Mary @ Monday, February 23, 2009 - 5:48:56 PM

P.S. - please excuse the typos - I’ve been busy since 6:30 A.M. today, and I’m 99 and 44/100% asleep!! smile ‘Night, Diane and everyone! Pleasant dreams!!!

Posted by Mary @ Monday, February 23, 2009 - 5:52:18 PM

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