I can’t believe it’s been nine years today. I still miss you every day. I miss your smile and your laugh. Although, I swear I can hear it when I think of you. And I see you smile every time your grandson smiles. He’s so beautiful.
I wanna tell you something. You remember when you would put our Christmas toys on layaway and worry about getting them paid off in time? Well, because of you, a lot of folks don’t have to worry about that this year. This would have made you so happy and proud.
You taught me so much about compassion and giving. One of the things you loved to tell me was to give people their flowers while they’re living. Because of that, I've never put flowers on your grave since you often told me that I gave you yours while you were alive. That’s the only thing that gives me comfort today, as my heart hurts and my soul aches. But even though I’m sad, I’m still so grateful that God gave me 40 years with you on this planet. I would have gladly taken 40 more, but I know your 64 year old body was letting you down. You were so young, but amen. God has spoken.
I thank God for your life and who you are and were to me. I love you so much Maxine Perry. Thank you for all you endured to love and protect me, so much so, that every now and then you show up in my dreams to remind me of that love. It’s been nine years, and I’m just starting to think that I’m gonna be OK. Thank you mamma. Thank you.