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It's Never Too Late To LoveThe day began like any other morning.  I arrived at the crack of dawn with coffee in hand.  I'm not particularly a morning person, but I knew I needed to be by her side.


Four weeks camped out in I.C.U., I kept hoping and praying for a miracle.  She couldn't speak, but on good days, she followed me with her eyes... those big brown expressive eyes.


Most days we settled into a routine.  I began by reading current affairs from the local newspaper aloud, pretending everything was normal.  Her nurses chastised me, saying she couldn't hear me.  I responded with a stern look of disapproval.


When I turned on the TV to her favorite soap opera, I watched her come alive.  She loved Erica Kane of All My Children.  Secretly, I always imagined her as a glamorous movie star.  She was beautiful inside and out.  


Next... came hair and make-up.  She loved to get dolled up.  I was never good at it, but I did my best.  Thank goodness she didn't have a mirror to check my work.  Although, I'm certain if she had, she would've given me a warm and gracious smile and a genuine thank-you.  


I painted her nails pink.  She loved the color pink.  As I held her hands, I thought to myself, she's so soft, yet so strong and courageous.  


I told her I loved her.  I had no idea it would be my last opportunity to whisper those words in her ear.  She died in my arms that day, surrounded by love.  


Twenty years later, I'm forever reminded of the precious gift she gave me.  It's never too late to LOVE.  Thank you Mom... for being my awesome teacher!


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Comment balloon 11 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • December 02 2015 10:51AM


Mel-So glad you were there with her. Your love for your Mom shines thru in any post you have done about her. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 4 years ago

Mel this is such a wonderful, beautiful tribute to your Mom! She was a very special lady that I'm sure looks down from heaven and smiles on how lovely her little girl is and how proud she is of you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 4 years ago

Mel, it is never easy and looking back I still miss both of my parents.... loved how you were able to put this in writing... you are a great and strong person....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 4 years ago

Melinda, your story was very touching and with tears in my eyes I don't know what words to write other than I felt I could see all of this happening in my mind and her sweet soft hands in yours. God bless you, your mother was lucky to have raised such a wonderful soul. I know you miss her dearly.... and I will say a prayer for you both now. Bobby

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 4 years ago

Thank you Sharon!  I had a nice Thanksgiving with my family.  Got to see my dad (more later...) and little Ellie kept me in stitches (literally).  LA is lovely this time of year ;-)

She was special indeed Anna (thank you for saying so).  I can imagine her walking with Jesus greeting everyone with a big smile as they walk by 

Awww... thanks Endre.  Like you, I miss my Mama tons.  I'm still very fortunate to have my dad, although he doesn't recognize me (Alzheimers), there's still a wonderful bond between us.  

That's very sweet Bobby.  Thank you for your heartfelt comments... I can tell you're a kindred spirit indeed.  And a special thanks for your prayers too 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 4 years ago

Dear Mel - I'm glad you had that special time with your mother--and glad you ignored the nurses! Blessings to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Mel, Wow that touched me because I lost my Mom just two years ago I was so grateful to be with her when she passed.  Here Birthday was just on the 30th. We never get really enough days together but we should all cherish the ones we have.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Thank you Lottie!  I'm so blessed to have had the time I did with my Mom ❤️

So sorry for your loss Donald!  The holidays present so many memories and reminds me how much I miss my Mom.  I'm sure you feel the same.  I couldn't agree more, we should love and cherish those special people in our lives... every day!



Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 4 years ago

Call me a Mama's boy but your post really touched me and reminded me of my mom's passing. You are blessed with her memories Melinda (Mel) Peterson 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 4 years ago

Isn't it wonderful to have the grace of being with someone as they leave this world? The dying give us great gifts, if we are open to it. I was there with my dad, and it was gentle, calming and oh-so-loving for those of us who surrounded him. He visits me often in my dreams and shares things here to remind me of him, lest I forget. (Never!) I love my dad the way you love your mom. They are with us, constantly, in big ways and small. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 4 years ago

Huge smiles... Paul.  I bet your Mama is smiling proud too ;-)

The circumstances were painful Gayle, but I'd never trade the experience for anything.  What better way to leave this world than to be surrounded by loved ones.  I too, feel her presence... and I'm comforted in knowing her spirit lives in me.  I see inklings of her in my daughter and granddaughter too... which makes me smile ;-)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 4 years ago