It’s been three weeks since my mom passed away and while it is still so difficult to believe I am getting stronger and better at dealing with the grief and sadness. It’s just hard. Anyone who has lost a parent understands. Anyone that has lost both parents REALLY understands. Your world shifts and you are the one left behind to leave the legacy.
I have shared often on It’s Just Life the many wonderful things that my parents left behind for us — documents, pictures, memories. They are the things that I am clinging to and this week I looked at one of the many scrapbooks that my mom kept. Oh if only I was as disciplined as she was to document things and keep records.
I found this page in this scrapbook that made me giggle a little bit.
The first part is the official invitation from my Daddy to my mom for a Honeymoon Preview. to the “Hills of Ohio”. I loved my dad’s sense of humor. “Dress – Yes! Start dressed up but take jeans.”
My mom responded with an equally witty response with conditions including: no chaperones, no two arms driving (was that so he could hold her hand?), plenty of “lovin’, the preview is short and the honeymoon long. Sweet. And of course she stipulated that he was to spend the evening prior to their departure in a Dittus beauty rest bed. Her maiden name was Dittus.
Included on the page was a map of the area they visited and a hand written description.
The love that my parents shared was evident and this cute little exchange made me smile seeing that love that grew over the years. How happy they were and what a great life they had together for so many years. Somehow finding this made me feel a little more settled about her death knowing that they are reunited again.
As always, thank you for letting me share with you some of my journey through grief. It is indeed a journey and I am grateful to all who have sent cards, gifts and messages of support and love. I am so very appreciative of all of that. Each day it gets a little bit easier and I am so grateful for scrapbooks and photos, bunnies and things that remind me of her every single day.