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One Last Letter To Mom - Death Holds No Power

Updated on December 17, 2012

The last time I saw her she was waving from the porch. I had absolutely no idea she was waving to us for the last time.

If I had known, I would have turned the car around and held her for hours, days, or even weeks. I would have told her some things that I never did. I would have given her the hero's goodbye that she deserved.

I do feel that she can see me now, and that she watches over me with the same motherly care she gave me here on Earth. I have decided to tell her those things now.

I thank you for always loving me in spite of myself. No mistake was ever so bad that you did not absorb it under the umbrella of a Mother's love.

I thank you for loving my kids as though they were me. They still feel your love and presence.

I thank you for surrounding me with love and care throughout my lifetime and teaching me that being a man was more than just showing up.

I thank you for all the years of laughter, and fun. We still feel those years every day.

I thank you for bringing me into this world and protecting me both from the world and myself.

I thank you for my generous spirit. I learned that from you.

I thank you for putting me first above all others.

I thank you for showing me how to tie my shoes.

I thank you for those late nights of watching cheesy horror movies together. I still think of you every time I see one.

I thank you for our long talks.

I thank you for the numerous sacrifices you made. We never did without a need, and that was a testament to your drive.

I thank you for my belief in God, and knowing Jesus as the salvation of my life.

I thank you for accepting me as a flawed human being, and loving me anyway.

Most of all, I thank you for the role model you were for me. I hope to be half the person you were in your lifetime, and I see you as a wonderful pinnacle to strive towards to this day.

I miss you Mom and love you more every day. Until we meet again......


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      5 years ago

      Mama it’s been 40 days now since

      I let you Go with God.

      I Remember when I always asked you “ kilala mo pa ba ko?”

      And you quickly answered back “ syempre ikaw si Desiree ang mahal kong anak.”

      Then we will both smile and give each other a hug.

      Akala ko na ka get over n ko hinde papala..

      Ma, I miss u so much....

      You were more than a mother to me..

      You were my Best friend...

      A great listener to my problem

      Oh how I miss our special talks, and

      All the fun things we used to do

      You have been the most important person in my life

      That’s why letting you go is the hardest decision i’d ever made

      But I need to....

      Ma I can never say goodbye to you,

      Because I could never bear the pain.

      Instead I say...

      Ma, I LUV U... I MISS U... and

      I’m so SORRY...

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      Bill Blackburn 

      5 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      This was beautiful and heartfelt I'm sure! Up

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      rodney southern 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Violet - Thank you ... I am so glad you enjoyed it.

      CrisSp - Thank you for the sentiments. My mom was pretty darn special so this letter came rather easy. You are too kind in your words...Thanks

      mary - I am definitely going to check that out. Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for the kind words.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      My Mother died 30 years ago and I still miss her. I wrote a Hub very similar to yours: "Things I'd like to tell my Mother". When we look back we can think of many things we were grateful for , but maybe didn't express them at the time.

      Beautiful tribute. I voted this UP, etc.

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This was written in 2008 but the message is still clear, heartfelt and beautifully written. More often, this is the case because we never know what's going to happen next but I'm sure your mom is smiling down on you and watching over you.

      Vote up and sharing this beautiful hub.

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      Violet Flame 

      5 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Beautiful, truly truly beautiful....

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      6 years ago

      thanks for your wonderful letter, i am using your words, i would have not said it so beautifully

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      6 years ago

      My tears are falling as i read your poem..we can never pay the unconditional love our mom have given us..Motherhood is next to divinity. It's a lifetime career .

      A very beautiful tribute to a mom..Stay happy !

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      Tami Fite 

      6 years ago

      More than ever what I am learning is that grief is such a personal feeling -- each one of us has to take the journey through our pain -- no one can take it for us. Bless you -- may God continue to carry your though. Tami

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      6 years ago from Pinellas Park Florida

      I think one of the hardest parts of the pain of my mother passing is feeling NO ONE could really understand what I'm truly feeling. Because there was never a mother so good, kind and giving as mine and no one could possibly love theirs as much as I did mine. Rodney, you are the first person that has made me feel like you would really know how I feel. We were so blessed to have had our mothers.

      Thank you for writing and Tami I lost my mom six weeks ago, so you are not alone. My mother lived in the house next door and our daughter on the other side of her. With a side walk from our door to our daughters. It was such a blessing for 24 years. Though I would never give that up, it's so hard now. May God give us all strength.

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      Tami Fite 

      6 years ago

      As I read your hub it was as if we had the same mother -- such a loss -- my mom died 12 days ago -- I have never known such sadness :( Thanks for your beautiful tribute to your mother.

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      7 years ago

      I Lost my Mother in law and i feel the same. I've known her from past 5 yrs only but she was so imp part of our life. I cried like anything the day she died. I wish there's some rewind button in our life.

      Thanks for sharing your feelings.


    • trish1048 profile image


      10 years ago

      Simply beautiful! How proud your mom is of you!

      I lost my mom 21 yrs ago, and I still miss her as well.

      Thanks for sharing this personal part of your life,



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