Thank you letters. Thank you for gifts. Thank you for thoughtfulness. Thank you for love.
But the hardest one to write was the Thank you for life. A dear friend, whom I haven't talked to in many years, is dying in the hospital. I wrote all the things I wish I would have said to her while she was healthy. I guess I didn't realize how much she has affected my life until I learned that she may be gone soon.
We all call her "Momma T" and that is just what she was. Our Momma. She took care of us, she made me laugh, she helped me realize how fortunate I was, and she gave my son the greatest expression. I'll never forget that day. I brought my son to visit the office. He was just about a year old. We went up to the office and since Sam was the first baby in the office, there was a bit of a huddle around him. He was sitting on the floor and Momma T came up and he just looked at her. He had never seen anyone with skin as chocolaty as hers. His already big eyes grew larger and his mouth hung open. He was mesmerized by Momma.
We all were.
She didn't have it easy, but she always made us feel like life was for living loudly. You just get out there and do it. Even if your foot hurts. Or you walk with a cane. Or you've been down on your luck. Or the cancer is back. Or you fought the cancer in one place and now it appears somewhere else.
I know she will fight. I will fight for her. I love Momma T.
I'm glad I wrote this letter today.
Even if it is too late.
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