I don’t like to leave her

I love to see the joy on her face when she sees mine.

I love how my name sounds on her lips.

I love our meandering philosophical-political-newsy-relationship-opinionated-sports-life talks.

I love that we have so many things to discuss that we never get to them all.

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It’s from her that I get my love of jewelry, my fierce patriotism, my sense of justice and my ability to stand up for myself.

It’s because of her that I walk with confidence, devour a good read, can enjoy time alone, savor the taste of home-made soup and welcome others with grace.

I chuckle when she reminds me to bring along a jacket, checks for oncoming cars when I’m the one driving us around and tells me to let her “do it” when I try to help her.

I don’t like to leave her.

I don’t like to step away not knowing when I’ll see her next.

So I never say good-bye. I just kiss her and whisper, “till next time.

And when she leans in to ask that I please thank my guys for letting me come … I tell her through my sobs that I’m the one who is thankful.

For letting me go. 

For loving me.

For being the kind of mother every child should have.

I don’t like to leave her.

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35 thoughts on “I don’t like to leave her

  1. Blessings to you both.

  2. Well, now I’m crying. Tears are streaming.
    This is so, so sweet. And I felt the very same way about my Mom. Your line about learning to enjoy time alone made me smile; I also learned that from my mom. She used to say that she enjoyed her own company.
    Thanks for sharing your love for your mom with us.

    • Well, if it makes it any better, I cried writing it.
      I am so fortunate to have her and I do try to share that with her; I just wanted to share her with all of you, too!
      Thank you for your memories of your own sweet Mom, MJ

  3. MJ, this is beautiful. Thank you.

  4. Loving like this is so heartwrenching at times. Your post has gotten me all stirred up. Thanks for the reminder of how important these relationships are.

  5. Lovely tribute to your mom and the relationship the two of you share!

  6. Morning
    I don’t like to leave my 83 year old Mom either – as I did yesterday
    Visiting Mom’s is the best and leaving the saddest
    Prayers for your day

  7. No matter how old we get, it’s hard to leave our moms. So glad you are able to enjoy these times with her.

  8. Perfectly expressed.

  9. Emjay, you are very blessed to have a Loving Mum and she is very blessed to have you.

    You are really never apart from anyone as long as they are in your heart.

    Christian Love Anne

    • Thank you; you are so right… she is always with me. I hear myself in her words nearly every day…. all those things we declared that we’d never say – ha! Thanks, MJ

  10. Very touching!

  11. Pure poetry! What a beautiful tribute to your mom! You make me want to meet her!
    I am also fortunate to have a mom still living, a vigorous and energetic 71 who is always loving and supportive of me. What a blessing in my life, and a great example of what motherhood should be! I like to think that I was given the gift of a great childhood, and I have in turn passed that on to my kids, to the best of my ability. And I know you have done that too!
    Thank you for sharing ~Sheila

  12. cooper

    so how am i supposed to come up with something snarky and funny about that?!?!?!? you make my job difficult…

    heartfelt post, tho…

  13. oooo…your last four lines say it all…now I really have something in my eye and a lump in my throat.
    There’s something so full about the anticipation of going to visit…and then a bit empty, sweet and nostalgic about coming home.

    • thank you, Georgette. I cried my way through this, more than I did in person because I couldn’t bear to put her through it. And I am sure she did the same for me. Mothers do that don’t they?

  14. MJ,
    You have me wiping the tears from my eyes. Your words are lovely and the sentiment behind them precious! Well said!

  15. Simply beautiful. As someone whose mother has left this place for the next, I was more than a little teary-eyed reading this.

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