~“Lost & Found in 2012”~

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

January 4th was exactly one year since Mama passed away in 2012; I will never be the same. If you’ve lost your mother, you understand. You think of all the things you want to say and all the things you need to hear.

You know what I mean.

It may be only an hour, a day, a few months or 30 years, but for the time I have left, I will remember Mama and continue to write about and to her in a different sort of way.

Folks that knew my Mama, knew her as a sweet simple lady. She was, but she was smart. I’m not sure when, but Mama realized how to “break my code.” She either just figured it out or perhaps I showed it to her when I was young.

I enjoy writing, teaching and also the work I do for a living, but when I was young, I dreamed of being a cryptographer.

The words and the math, kind of fit together, she understood. Mothers figure these things out. You may think you have a secret, but mothers know.

One day while visiting her, I fell asleep on the sofa. Mama was reading some stories I had written and printed out for her. When I woke up, one of the little paper napkins she seemed to enjoy collecting was on the table in front of the sofa where I'd been sleeping. We were at the assisted living home where Mama spent her last months.

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