Kids say shocking, funny, sweet, wonderful, insightful, deep things. I am often caught off guard when the phrase is uttered, but I am thankful for the ways I am inspired or, quite often, amused by their words. I have decided to share a quote each week. If you have a good quote to share, please do so in the comments.
I miss you already
This is my story and my quote. This is me, feeling very much like a kid. These were my last words to Mom Jean before she passed away.
It was Saturday morning, and I was preparing to leave to head back to South Carolina. My emotions were raw from the previous day, a funeral for my dear friend, Grace. I knew this would probably be the last time I would see Jean. Saying goodbye, especially when you know it's the last on this side of eternity, comes with its own sting.
I went into her room. She looked so peaceful resting on her bed. Her eyes were closed, and I didn't know if she was awake or lucid or what to expect. I set my hopes low and didn't expect much of a response. I came close to her and spoke as if she and I were having a regular conversation, “I'm heading back to South Carolina. I will give…(I named each of the kids) a hug and a kiss. I will give (Mr. Real) a hug too. Is that okay?”
There were no words, but she nodded her head, yes. At this, my eyes were a puddle.
I leaned in to give her a kiss on her forehead. I whispered in her ear, “I miss you already.” I looked at her, and she smiled. My tears came like a flood.
She smiled! She responded! I felt so grateful for that gift of a nod and a smile. Those two little movements filled my heart even though it was just a tiny morsel reminiscent a treasured relationship.
In that moment, I was a kid. A kid who missed her already.