It's my mother's birthday. I miss her very much. She has been gone about 13 years now. My sister called from Japan called this morning at 3 am. She's misses Mom too. She is going thru something really hard right now and wants her mom. I know the feeling. It's hard to be an orphan, no matter how old you are.
I was always a difficult child. From cutting the next door neighbors long pony tail off with the LAWN CLPPERS when I was 3 (in my defense she did ask for a haircut ) to the years for drug abuse. I was a hard child to love. After my mother and dad died I was in rehab ( again ) and was on the pity pot most of the time. I was saying my prayers, and I was demanding a sign that my mother loved me as much as she loved my sisters. I needed to know that she loved me. I no sooner said that prayer, and walked outside to the most beautiful double rainbow in the sky. That was just SO my mother. She loved the outdoors. She would hike till her toenails fell off! I know my mother loves me! That is one of my most favorite stories. I felt that rainbow was a gift from a loving Heavenly Father and a loving Mom.
I love my two sisters. They are beautiful women inside and out. I see my mother and father in them. I love to be in their presence. We love to laugh! They are 2 funny chicas! We have use laughter to get thru the hard times in our lives. It's how we got thru mom's illness and death. I am so grateful for the relationship that I have with them. We live far from each other, but we know we can count on each other. Like calling at 3 am, and knowing that someone will answer the phone. It's a good feeling.
This post hasn't been about weight or food today. It's about relationships. The relationships that mean the most to you. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Ask yourself if you are doing all you can to enrich your relationships. Tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. Even better, let your actions do the talking for you!
I am off to a big clothing exchange my church is doing. I have lots of clothes to get rid of, so it will be fun to see what others bring. There are some real sharp dressed women in my ward! Then out to see my daughter and grandkids for the afternoon. I have already been on a 4 mile walk and had a big bowl of watermelon for breakfast. Mom wouldn't want me to feel sad and stress eat on her birthday. She'd want me to be happy. Good choices make me happy. She herself lost around 80 lbs when she was in her 40's. Became a runner too. My example.
Have a great weekend, appreciate your family............keep the mood and the food real.