Whether your mother is still with you -- or departed this past year, five, 10 or 20 years ago -- you can likely relate to some of the wonderful sentiments shared with me by readers.
No one understands what it's like to lose a parent until it happens. You'll never forget. You'll always know you honor her every day -- in how you live and by who you are. I inhale my mother daily -- her thoughts, her strength, her attitude, her convictions.
Be gentle with yourself. Act like you've just had open-heart surgery. This is a significant life event. Rest assuredly in the knowledge that your mother's love for you will never, never, never die.
Shortly before my mother-in-law's death, I found a wonderful tapestry with the most beautiful poem stitched into it. I was able to share it with her, and I'll continue to treasure it always. In my opinion, it describes so beautifully -- and accurately -- her most important legacy:
To My Other Mother
You're the other mother I received -- the day I wed your son.
And I want to thank you, Mom, for loving things you've done.
You've given me a gracious man, with whom I share my life.
You are his lovely mother, and I his lucky wife.
You used to pat his little head, and now I hold his hand.
You raised in love a little boy -- and then gave me the man.
-- Judy Nilson
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications company specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25302, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.