I flew to Lincoln Nebraska last weekend to say my final goodbyes to my mom who was dying. When I left I said, “Goodnight mom. I’ll see you in the morning.” Yesterday was my Roundtable meeting. People had flown in from around the world. I began our day together with a tribute to mom. Told my group as much about her as I could in 30 minutes. Took a break at 9am and saw a text from Bryan that mom had just passed a few minutes ago. How very poetic.
Everyone who knows my mom knows she had a hard life. She battled bipolar, depression, dementia; lost her husband at age 44. A fragile creature seemingly not designed for a harsh and unforgiving world. Few marketable skills and little money. Had a round with cancer six months ago. But inside her frail body was strong will and a resolve of steel. She taught us the fear of God; unswerving honesty and commitment to the highest ideals. Deeply intuitive and at times spooky insightful.
She has left an unmistakable legacy through her kids. The first time I met my friend Melvin Pillay (he barely knew me at all) he halted in the middle of a long conversation with a Memo from the Head Office: “Perry, your life has been built on the prayers of your mother. She has laid the foundation for your character and all the blessings you’ve experienced.” If you know Melvin, you know he picks up things like that from out of the blue.
All true. And while it’s one thing for mom to be blown so by the wind and struggle on some days with the most basic things, it’s been another thing to know that my mom loves her kids to pieces and will do literally ANYTHING for them.
The world is held together by moms and duct tape. Thanks mom for holding US together. Your day of restoration has come. Say hi to dad for me.
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