Being In The Picture

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mom2Mom and girlsOn this day 26 years ago, I lost my mom- and my world was forever changed.  Words can’t describe the feeling of a loss so profound; the initial shock is like having your feet pulled out from under you (I literally fell into a chair when my sister broke the news to me) and having your heart leap into your throat at the same moment.  It got worse before it got better; thankfully it’s gotten a little better each day, but life will never be the same.

I often spend days like these looking through old photographs, and it struck me today that my mom was so different before she became, well, Mom.  In her portraits she was absolutely beautiful, like a movie star even, but those pictures were taken back in the days when she was just Sandy.  In the last picture she was Mom, and that makes all the difference to me.

We only have a few pictures of my Mom with us, so I resolved a long time ago to force myself to be in pictures with my girls, even on bad hair days.  These days the girls aren’t always jazzed about posing for a picture with Mom, but someday I bet they’ll appreciate it.  I also know they’ll appreciate my commitment to live a healthy lifestyle, because truth be told, I want to be in the picture for as long as possible and will do whatever is in my power to make that happen.

So my prayer for you all today is that you take pictures with your family & kids as often as possible, and do something every day to improve your health.  This morning I took a long walk and remembered the amazing lady I called Mom, who taught me the value of hard work and the importance of family.  Please remember to stop and smell the roses, and do whatever is in your power to be in the picture as often, and for as long, as possible.  God bless.

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