Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
One hundred and fourteen years
That's how old my Mother would have been yesterday. I wonder what all she has experienced for the last 42 years. I didn't realize it until I just now wrote 42, that that is how old my sister Millie was when she went to be with the Lord in 1972! They have now been together in heaven as long as they were on earth! A coincidence? I don't think so. My Mother and my sister Millie were always close. All of us were close to Mother, but I think they had a special bond. It was almost like I had two Mothers since Millie was 10 years older than I.
My Mother took care of my sister to the very second when she went to be with Jesus. At the time, my Mother also had cancer and we didn't know it. She didn't last very long after Millie was gone. I don't think she wanted to. They were only apart for a year...maybe two. It has been so long that it is hard for me to remember.
My sister and her husband Harold, had just adopted two beautiful children. Tony and Anlyn. Tony was 4 when she died and Anlyn only 9 months. My Mother had been at the hospital with her, and came home to catch a quick nap. While sleeping she dreamed that Anlyn had on a blue dress and was in a swiftly flowing river. Mother was trying to grab her and she just kept getting further and further away.
My Mother put a lot of stock in dreams, as do I. When she woke up, she said that she knew then that Millie was not going to be here much longer...that she was drifting further and further away from her.
When she got to the hospital that morning, they had put a blue gown on Millie. That was the first time she had ever worn a blue gown while in the hospital. She died about 2 days later.
Her children never got to know what a wonderful person their Mother was. In fact, I don't think they ever even refer to her as Mother. I wish they did. My Mother was as perfect a Mother as there could ever be. Millie would have been right there running a close second. I know this, because she was a Mother to me all the years she was on this earth.
I miss them both, but I know that they will be waiting for me when I cross over. I have a feeling they will both be wearing blue.
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