I would say my mom was a hybrid of an optimist and a realist. One thing that she did better than anyone else: she got s#%* done. When she was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November 2014, she set out to take care of everything she wanted to have done before she left this world.
I flew back to Colorado for Christmas and sitting around my sister’s dining room table she started talking about the details. She wanted to let me know she had set a few special items aside for my sister, myself and our children. We talked about the house, the coo coo clock, that special necklace I have always loved and other various items. I did my best to hold it together and not break down at the thought of inheriting anything, I would take hanging out with my mom over any possession.
She has a nice set of pearls which she said she didn’t know what to do with since she wasn’t sure if people wear pearls anymore. I told her the only pearls I truly care about are the pearls of wisdom she has given me over the years. Since that moment, whenever I feel anxious, I think of those pearls and a sense of peace and tranquillity comes over me.
One day, a chill ran down my spine and I was overcome with terror as I thought to myself “what if, one day she is gone and I can’t remember all of her sparkling pearls of wisdom?” I knew I needed to take action so I started PearlsFromMyMom.com. My vision is to create a community of people who are here to share the pearls of wisdom that have been given to them and support others as they share theirs.
I am sad to say my mom left us July 2, 2015 and it has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through. My mom was my best friend and the person I turned to for everything. She was so strong and if I ever start to think I couldn’t possibly carry on, I know I have to strive to thrive because that is why she put me on this earth. I think about the friends I have who have unfortunately lost their moms and they are still able to live happy lives, in many cases they are living their best life to pay homage to the person who gave them everything.
I know now that I am a part of a sisterhood/brotherhood that I never wanted to be a part of, yet losing my mom has awakened a new sense of purpose in me. This sisterhood/brotherhood is the reason I started this site. I know there must be others out there like me who want to share the pearls of wisdom that have been handed down to them.
This is a space to share those pearls, recipes, crafts, laughs, and anything else you want. They can be from your mom, dad, sibling, friend, grandparent- anyone who has given you worthwhile advice. Feel free to read, comment, share and post. Click here to go to our sharing page. Sharing to keep the legacy alive…