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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Brings Remembrances of 'Momma'

Written by Missy Fecas Fillion

Mother’s Day always brings with it bittersweet thoughts of and comparisons of myself to my mother who passed away—or told God to move over, she was taking charge, as we like to think of it—five years ago.
When we become parents, the kaleidoscope through which we view our parents’ lives and our own shifts. When we have our own children, we realize that it’s actually hard work to rear children and to do it perfectly is impossible. We all make mistakes, every day. Compassion grows for those people we may have often blamed for ruining our lives, not understanding us or just not being able to give us what we thought we needed at one time.
My understanding of my mother has grown in the years since I became a parent. As I sank into depression during my second pregnancy, I understood her more. I always wished she had cared for herself better. And I know how hard it is to care for yourself, now that I struggle with it. My mother had eight children. That she even made it through with some semblance of sanity amazes me.
“Momma” never saw me pregnant. She wasn’t there for all the questions I had. I wish I had listened more closely to her stories of being pregnant and all those deliveries. I get jealous when friends’ mothers come to visit for weeks to help out with newborns and toddlers. I wish she were here; even though her health was poor, and she’s certainly better off where she is. I selfishly still want her here.
She isn’t here to see my daughter grow. She isn’t here to laugh at the power struggles we get into already, Katie not even 3 yet. It reminds me of my teenage years and all the arguments and emotions. Momma would love it—revel in it, in fact.
In my mind, I have such a “disconnect” when I think of my relationship with Momma and all it meant, and my day-to-day grind of potty-training, lunch-fixing and nap-fighting. The big picture of my relationship with my daughter gets lost in the details. I start to fear that these “slavery” days will last forever. They won’t, of course. Soon she’ll be coming home from college for the weekend asking for her favorite meal to be ready, so the comfort of Momma and home will greet her at the door just as my Momma and her spaghetti greeted me.
I miss Momma. When she first passed away, I couldn’t get over the fact that I would never hear her voice again. People said that the dead are always with us, that the communion of saints surrounds us. That’s a nice thought, but I couldn’t pick up the phone and talk to her for an hour anymore. I couldn’t see her, hear her, touch her, which felt like the loneliest thing. I just wanted to hear her voice again.
God is good to us, and He answers our prayers, sometimes in ways we cannot imagine. One night I had a dream. I was sitting on the edge of my bed holding my infant daughter. Momma was standing by the bed. She looked at us and said, “Oh Missy, she’s beautiful.”
When I awoke, her voice was still in my head. I could hear her as clear as day. Do I believe that was more than a dream? Yes, I do. The communion of saints is with us, and sometimes that veil that separates us is lifted. A connection was made that night and a link forged between generations who supposedly never met or touched.
God is good, and his mercy endures forever, just like a mother’s love.

Missy Fillion is a native of Charleston, South Carolina currently living in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two beautiful children. Though she has an MBA, it was not her educational background that brought her to the door of her work, but rather her family, first as wife, then mother. Her most positive spiritual moments have come through her children or growth opportunities that family life provides. Her day to day life includes chores, reading to the kids, playing clue, going to the library and parkdays, listening, learning, making parenting mistakes, castigating herself, swearing, then praying, seeing Jesus in her children’s eyes, starting again, more humble this time, over and over. All of this is the soil for her writing. Daily she picks up what she often thinks is her cross, and over and over again, she finds it is her salvation. Missy has recently published her debut novel, Retreat to Folly, which is available on Amazon. Her facebook page is www.facebook.com/MissyFillion

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  1. Beautiful. I am sorry for your loss... it really is hard missing someone. You're right. We 'know' they are there, but we can't just pick up the phone and call. I am happy you had a visitation in your dream. :) What a gift!! It makes it a tiny bit easier to bear. God bless you! ♥

    1. Thank you Susan! God bless you too. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!