Mother’s Day Letters: Sue’s Mama

Dear Mom,

Thank you for being my wonderful mother.

One day, after you had been gone for a few months, I called you on the telephone. I needed advice on how to cook a roast beef. I dialed home from the Piggly Wiggly grocery store meat department. I knew you could tell me what to buy. I stood at the meat counter and the phone rang and rang until I realized that you were not there to answer. I left my half-filled cart standing in the aisle and went to my car, and I cried. It was the most natural thing to call you, and even now as I write this, I am crying for you.

There are days that I am still lonely for you. Mostly I am grateful to have wonderful memories of my childhood, at the center of which were you and dad, my loving, hard-working parents.

I remember picnics in the Berkeley Hills. In my mind, I see you and dad, a young couple with six little kids in coats made from army blankets, carrying a large picnic basket, and a big quilt. We kids were running ahead and you followed behind holding hands. We all sat on the blanket and you handed each of us a sandwich. When I peeled back the bread, there were sprinkles on the peanut butter. We each got three of your delicious homemade cookies and a piece of fruit. After lunch, we got out the kites we made from newspaper and ran out on the hillside pulling the string, as the kites flew higher and higher. It’s a beautiful memory, and I can still hear your voices.

Mom helping me get ready for my wedding.I remember when I was in high school and I was in charge of decorating for the Senior Prom. I didn’t have time to think about my dress, and would have thrown on any old dress at the last minute. When I got home, there was a gown on my bed that you had sewn for me as a surprise.

I also remember my wedding, and how hard you worked to make it everything I wanted it to be, even though you couldn’t afford it. I felt more beautiful on that day, than I ever have, and you made that happen for me.

I remember when I had my first baby, Kate. You held her and cried, and said “Now you know how much I love you.” The first day of my children’s lives were the most special days for me, and more special for a you as a grandmother, I bet. I was glad you were there on the first day of my first baby’s life.

Mother, dear, you celebrated every milestone with cakes and banners. You braided our hair and ironed our smocked dresses and were always up for a game of Scrabble. You made what you couldn’t buy and we ate up every crumb of every cookie you made!

These days, I feel your spirit with me when I am baking your cookie recipes. I’m sure you sit on my shoulder when my girls call me on the phone and I know how much you loved me because I love my children the same way.

Mom, if you’re listening, I love you dearly. I’ll see you again, someday.



3 Responses to Mother’s Day Letters: Sue’s Mama

  1. What a beautiful letter, I am absolutely tearing up and don’t consider myself an overly emotional person. I know exactly what you mean about calling your mom for advice on anything, I do the same and can imagine the heart break I would feel having her not there on the other end of the line. I’m now inspired to write my own mama a letter for this Mother’s Day!

  2. water works! this is a beautifully written letter! Thank you for sharing.

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