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or not – It’s Been Four Years Mom – Ti amo

January 16, 2011 23 comments

Four years ago today I lost my Mom to stomach cancer. She was the fourth in my family to die of this terrible disease. I lost my Dad in ’98 to leukemia after he had survived prostate cancer, my oldest brother in ’02 to liver cancer and an older sister in ’04 to ovarian cancer. I miss them all.

The holidays are always such a difficult time for me. I miss my Mom so much and for some reason this past holiday season was the worst of them all. When we offer our condolences to others we all seem to say it gets better with time but does it really? It seems was I able to deal with it better just after she died, but now I can’t think of her without crying and missing her.

She was a courageous woman, emigrating in 1952 to the new world with 5 children on a ship across the ocean, to join her husband who was working to build a new life for them in Canada. There were 3 more children born in Canada.

There was one particular moment this past Christmas when I just couldn’t stop thinking of her and I wrote this piece in the wee hours on Christmas day. Today I want to share it with you.

Can Magic Make A Wish Come True

Watching the snow swirling and seeing the snowman come to life in the movie “Jack Frost” starring Michael Keaton, stirred some emotional memories.

A little boy plays a magic harmonica that was given to him by his father before he died, and the snowman the boy built, in the image of his father comes to life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if things like this could really happen.

If I could make a wish it would be to bring back someone special in my life, my Mom. She would have celebrated her 90th birthday this month, and next month is the 4th anniversary of her death.

I miss her dearly and there were so many things left unsaid. Oh, she knew I loved her and how much I cared for her, and appreciated her. But if I could have Mom back for just a few hours to tell her how much I miss her and love her, say thank you for all she’s ever done for me, my daughter and all her family and friends.

Magic, can it make a wish come true?

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