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Better Days....Remembering Ma Cloteal

Updated on May 8, 2011

“I miss you when something really good happens, because you are the one I want to share it with. I miss you when something is troubling me, because you are the one who understands me so well. I miss you when I laugh and cry because i know that you are the one that makes my laughter grow and my tears disappear. I miss you all the time, but I miss you most when i lay awake at night and think of all the wonderful times we spent with each other;for those were some of the best times of my life.”

People can be in your life, forever, and not make an impact. Others can only be there for a short time and be the "force" that changes everything for the better. Madea Cloteal, was the force, God, put in my life to have an impact or strong effect on me. She made me appreciate the "Love" of a mother. It was through her, that I have a very strong bond with my mother and understands that through life; mothers, make very hard decisions concerning their children and family as a whole. Through God everything/anything is possible, is what she instilled in me. She was the light in the darkness of my teen years and for everything, I viewed as negative, she would shine that very light, to make me see the positivity in every situation. In my hardest of times she would become adamant and say:

There is "no" problem too hard for God and in your darkest moments, go to Him, in prayer. Prayer changes things, even, if you don't understand, He does. Let Him Be Your Problem Fixer! If you find it hard to pray, Call His Name. Say it!!!, as many times as needed until you feel your burdens are lifted, God will carry you through!!! ....

It was through her words, she loved me. She was the "only" person, I did not expect to hurt me. Life for me, was dark as a teenager and I battled some demons; but, Madea Cloteal, refused to let them have me. Madea Cloteal, was bedridden, and although she could not get down physically on her knees, she would pray from her bed with me, until, you could feel the presence of God in the room. For everything, my Madea Cloteal, has done for me, I STAND TALL; through adversity, trials and tribulations, I STAND TALL!!

Although, she has now been long gone, she left with me, the gift of renewing my spirit and my mind. Through her, God, placed me in line amongst all His Saints and through this life, I am stronger due to my Madea Cloteal. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MADEA CLOTEAL!!!

Keep Shining and God Bless!!


It's great to remember the Mother's that are still with us; but, I saw too many graves of Mother's with dried out flowers and nothing for today. They still deserved to be honored in their resting places by the one's they loved so dearly. Remember, although, in spirit, they are not there; but what lies in those graves, are the bodies that carried and cared for you. ~Paedams

Madea's Cloteal's Favorite Song

My Dedication...Madea

Better Days Lyrics

Silver gray hair
Neatly combed in place
There were four generations
Of love on her face
She was so wise
No surprise passed her eyes
She's seen it all

I was a child, oh
About three or four
All day I'd ask questions
At night I'd ask more
But whenever, she never
Would ever turn me away

I'd say how can I be sure
What is right or wrong
And why does
What I want
Always take so long
Please tell me
Where does God live
And why won't
He talk to me
I'd say Grandma
What is love
Will I ever find out
Why are we so poor
What is life about
I wanna know the answers
Before I fall off to sleep

She saw the smile
As she tucked me in
Then she pulled up that
Old rockin' chair once again
But tonight she was
Slightly, remarkably
Different somehow
Slowly she rocked
Lookin' half asleep
Grandma yawned
As she stretched
Then she started to speak
What she told me
Would mould me and hold me
Together inside

She said all the things you ask
You will know someday
But you have got to live
In a patient way
God put us here by fate
And by fate that means
Better days

She said, child we are all
Moons in the dark of night
Ain't no mornings gonna come
Till the time is right
Can't get no better days lest
You make it through the night
You gotta make it
Through the night
Yes you do
You can't get to no
Better days
Unless you make it
Through the night (baby)
Oh ho, you will see
Those better days
But you gotta be patient
Be patient, oh baby
Be patient

Later that year at
The turn of spring
Heaven sent angels down
And gave Grandma her wings
Now, she's flyin'
And slidin', and glidin'
In better days
And although
I'm all grown up
I still get confused
I stumble through the dark
Getting bumped and bruised
When night gets in my way
I could still hear
My Grandma say
I can hear her sayin'

You can't get to no
Better days
Unless you make it
Through the night (baby)
Oh you will see
Those better days
But you gotta be patient



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