I'm thinking a lot about Momma today. She has been with the Lord for almost three years now. It seems like so much longer. Momma had her faults, we all do; but she was an amazing woman. She worked outside our home from the time I was about 10, yet she never allowed us or our home to suffer for it. Looking back, I don't how she managed to do all that she did. Maybe that's why she left us much too soon. Maybe she wore her precious body out trying to take care of too many people.
On Valentine's Day, Momma always brought us small hearts filled with chocolates. Long before a man gave me candy, Momma did. It made her so happy to come home on Valentine'e Day with those little chocolate-filled hearts for us! She would always take them and sit them on our pillow so we would find them there when we were getting ready for bed at night. Every year we knew what would be waiting for us, but we dared not go in to find it until bedtime. It would have spoiled our fun and Momma's!
At bedtime, we would get into our pajamas, brush our teeth and head for our beds, knowing what awaited us there. We would throw back our blanket and there they would be......beautiful red or pink shiny foil heart-shaped boxes with big bows tied on them and filled with assorted chcolate delights! We would open them carefully, so as not to spill the candy on the bed and sit looking and try to choose cause we knew we only got one piece! It was, perhaps, the one night a year we were allowed to go to sleep without brushing our teeth being the last task of the day!
When I think of those days, I get misty eyed remembering that feeling of love and acceptance. Those were such happy times, just one of so many Momma and Daddy gave us. So, Happy Valentine's Day, Momma. I love you and I miss you more every day. Because you and Daddy loved me, I have been able to give love to others in my life. Thank you for that priceless gift!