There is no way that I can let this day pass without remembering my mother who passed away Feb 17th, 2008. She is the inspiration behind this blog, for she is a lady who represented excellence in every way possible, and made it her duty to help everyone else become better than herself.
Today, I reflect on the memories that we had together, and the memories I wish she could be apart of. I think about my wedding day, the first time I have a baby, holidays to come, and the reality that she will not be there to share those moments with me. I think about my father and sister, and I pray for them to have strength to make it through each day without her. I think about the babies that she cured, and the families that remain thankful. I remember the many people that came to give me a hug at her funeral saying that you will never believe how much your mother changed my life. I can't forget the many organizations that honored her for her dedication to helping the community.
I begin to smile as I think about the parties her and my dad put on to help raise money for different causes. I can still hear her voice as she sings in the Gospel choir at church, the sound of cards slamming down on the table during her monthly card games, and her laughter as she plays a practical joke on the family for April Fools day.
The best memories are are seeing her smile the day I graduated from college, pinning her when she become a lovely lady of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., seeing her in the audience as I performed in my first Howard Step Show, but most importantly the final moment my mom walked out of my New York apartment and said you will be alright no matter what. That was the last time I saw her, and I cherish that moment everyday.
Today, I ask that everyone take time to tell someone you love them. Spend a few more minutes more on the phone with a love one. Visit someone you have not seen in awhile. Cherish the moments you have with your love ones, cause the next day is not promised for anyone. I love you mommy!!!!! You mean the world to me.