By Cheryl Demas
I can't reach my daughter on her cell phone, but I can reach all her friends.
On the other hand, my little girl is always talking to me. Although she has never spoken a single word to me without first reciting:
I love it that she so willingly shares her thoughts with me, and I occasionally have to remind myself that whatever she's telling me is important to her. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my work, trying to get everything done at once, that I need to stop what I'm doing and really listen. I know it won't be long before I descend from the mountain of "My mom knows everything" into the valley of "My mom is driving me crazy!" I know these days will pass all too quickly, and I'll be wishing I could hear "Mom Mom Mom Mom" again.
I remember the things my own mom said that drove me crazy. I remember the way she would wait up for me at night. When she finally heard the door open, she would call out from her bedroom, "Is that you?"
"Yeah, Mom, I'm home."
It drove me crazy. Can you name one person in the world who could answer no to that question? "Is that you" Who else could it be?
Now, though, I think back on those days and I can identify with my mother. In fact, sometimes I think I'm channeling her. Her words come out of my mouth before I even realize what I'm saying.
The mother of a dear friend of mine passed away unexpectedly. When I called my friend, she was going over and over her last conversation with her mother.
"I'm pretty sure I said, 'I love you' when I said good-bye, but I'm not sure," she said.
She so wanted to know that those were the last words that had passed between them.
But as mothers we know that we say, "I love you" in many ways, from "Be careful" to "What do you see in him?" and, yes, even in "Is that you?" I'm sure their last words to each other were "I love you," spoken or not.
And what I would give now to hear my mom call out, "Is that you?" when I walk in the front door of my home. In fact, my vision of heaven is that when I open those pearly gates, I'll hear my mom call out
"Is that you?"
And I'll say, "Yeah, Mom, I'm home."
One last time.
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