“Oh, I can’t believe I have all my girls here together,” she wells up. Hands rise to her face. Tears come.

Hand to her shoulder. I reach out to stroke her long dark hair. Hug her a little closer.

Sister to the right of me.

Sister to the left.

Sister across the room.

Eyes meet, knowing.

Precious is each moment spent together.


“Okay, I brought everyone a little something. Just a little.”

She brings gifts when we are all together. Something sweet that ties us.

This time there is a peel-off label meant to go on a wall that reads

“FAMILY is a gift that lasts forever”.


And something else. A robe personalized for each of us.  She calls us goddesses.  And makes us feel like we are indeed extraordinary, special, valued. I stand here beside my sisters for a photograph that mom will take. We are tired. But we are together. Gratitude and joy flood my heart and this space we inside of together at this moment. Again, mom is right:

family, a gift that lasts forever


About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.
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10 Responses to Mom

  1. Tara Smith says:

    Sweet! Family is forever – and it’s a gift when they can also be friends.

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  2. Amy says:

    This is a heart-warming post about how precious family is. Your mother is a special lady and I love, love, love the robes!

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    I have three daughters. I should call them Divas. Is that like Goddess? How fun that you have so many sisters! They are treasures!

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  4. writintime says:

    I stood with my mom today as we laid her sister to rest, my beloved aunt. I worried a moment about her but then looked around at all the family; sons, daughter in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces; and I realized, it will be alright because family will see you through. Thanks for your post!

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  5. elsie says:

    So much love in this post! Love your robes! You have a special bond with sisters and mom and it is reflected in the way you shared today.

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