By Tina Chandler
Well, sheís leaving on a jet plane. Mom heads home this morning, back to Louisiana. She will not be here to cook, to watch TV and movies, to fuss with me, to pick at the cats, to take care of us. She will be missed more than you know! We love having Mom here with us.
I am the one that left the family and moved so far away. Iíve been gone from south Louisiana for almost 25 years now. I am not sure I will ever live there again, but I would not trade my time there for anything in the world! I certainly wouldnít trade Momís visits for anything either, well except for MORE visits! When she comes, she cooks all my favorite foods Ė fried anything, liver and onions, gumbo, sausage and gravy, cake and even homemade ice cream! Pictures of her food make all my friendsí mouths water! I am capable of cooking those things too, but they taste so much better when Mom does it! Iím thinking itís the nostalgia and love!
She comes up once or twice a year for an extended visit. And boy do I tease my family incessantly that I wonít send her back to them! But you know what? Sheís got more than enough love for all of us Ė me, my sisters, my brother and all my nieces and nephews and their families. All of us love Mom/Memar, there is no doubt of that. I just keep telling them that Iím going to keep her here. I think that would cause an invasion of Cajuns to Missouri to "rescue" her!
With every visit, I am reminded of the life she made for us. She raised 6 of her own kids and half the neighborhood kids to boot. She cooked, cleaned, sewed, fixed stuff and raised us in faith. She put up with us, our smart mouths, our rebellious attitudes, our bad decisions and general teenage-ness. She watched us grow up, grow apart, come back and has always supported us no matter what. Mom is the strongest person I have ever known. She is a child of the depression and learned respect for others and tried to instill that into her kids. We learned it, but donít always show it. Above all else, Mom taught us that family is family no matter what.
Iím going to miss her and so will Luke and Cody. But, sheís heading home to my sisters and brother Ė they have all missed her! Now, to start planning her next visit! Will it be for Christmas or next spring? Hmmm, maybe then I wonít work so much while she is here!
Thanks, Mom Ė you are always my blessing!