Tribute To My Mom
This is probably one of the hardest posts that I’ll ever have to write, so forgive me if I ramble or don’t make sense.
On Sunday, August 4, 2019, my mom passed away unexpectedly. I was on a plane en route to California and we were approaching the runway. For some unknown reason, I had both my phone and Wifi turned on. Typically, I put my phone in airplane mode but I didn’t that morning. My brother called, and I declined his call and told him I was on a plane. He wrote me and said PICK UP. 911. After I picked up the second time, he gave me the news.
I pushed my flight attendant button and within 30 seconds, someone stopped by. I told her about the phone call I just received and kindly asked if there was any way we could turn around so I could get off the plane to return home to my family. Since we were getting ready for takeoff, I didn’t think my chances were high.
Miraculously, the pilot got a hold of the control tower and received permission to return to the gate. He came on the PA system and made the announcement that we were heading back to the gate to let a passenger off. Once I got off the plane, I ugly cried all the way home, and my husband was packed and ready to make the drive up to see my family.
My brother and dad were waiting for me to arrive. That day was such a blur and the longest day of my life. We hugged a lot, and we cried even more. My brother and I took care of most of the arrangements and tried to keep my dad as busy as possible that week. Several friends sent me encouraging messages throughout the week and checked in on me, and their love kept me strong the day of my mom’s service. I only broke down and ugly cried once that day.
I cannot even begin to put into words the type of pain we are experiencing. Losing someone is already hard enough, but losing a parent is something on a whole new level.
To make this skating related (this is Skating Fridays, after all), I am going to skate a program in tribute to my mom. I had already planned on doing a new program, but now it has an even deeper and emotional meaning for me. At this point, I’m not ready to reveal it quite yet, but I do have a dress designed and in my possession. I’m just waiting for the choreography to be completed.
I already know that I will be a hot mess when I do finally skate the program, but I hope that it will make my mom proud.
To my mom – I love you, and I thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I hope that I continue to make you proud and miss you dearly. Until we meet again…