I do this to honor my mother, who was born & grew up in Middletown, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. She moved to Columbus as a young woman, met my father, married and raised 2 sons, of which I am the youngest. I am 57 yrs old now.
In February 2011, when mother was 82, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a biopsy, lumpectomy, and a full mastectomy in 2 weeks time. A week later she was given good news, that they had gotten it all. 3 hrs later, she had a full stroke, which took much of her vision, her short term memory, and her freedom and independence. I was already living with her, and became her caregiver. She was relatively OK until this past spring, when her health started collapsing. We found out that the breast cancer had returned in her kidneys & lungs. She was too weak & tired of fighting, and we lost her on July 6, 2016, which would have been my father's 87th birthday (Dad died of esophageal cancer 28 years ago). Mom was 87.
I will do this wearing pink Cincinnati Reds gear, as I am a Reds fan, as my mother and her mother before me were. I tell people that my father taught me how to throw a baseball, but my mother taught me the love of baseball. We have been in baseball parks and hockey arenas (hockey-my other love) all over North America. My one regret is that I did not get to take her to Opening Day. I hope to be wearing a pink Reds shirt, with Johnny Bench's name & #5 on the back, as Mom & I went to see him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I still cannot even begin to express with words how I feel now. However, there is a song by the group Bread titled " Everything I Own" ( Look it up on Youtube with lyrics). This was written by the lead singer, david gates, a couple of months after his father died. I feel that this expresses what anyone who has lost someone they love feels. The refrain:
" I would give anything I own,
give up my life, my heart, my home,
I would give everything I own,
just to have you back again.
just to touch you once again."
thomas, son of Joseph & Myrna ( back together after 28+ years apart)
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