Soak It Up.

I have a lot of Big Mama stories.  As a matter of fact, every time I talk to her, she says something that bears repeating.  Her unintentional lessons are to my blog posts what Anna Takle’s…well, what any of Anna’s shenanigans are to my entries. 

I called her yesterday after I posted.  I didn’t tell her my post was about her.  She will find out soon enough by one of you.  And, she will tell me, “I heard you’ve been putting me up on that computer!”  She will laugh cautiously then ask me to show the post to her.

After our phone conversation, thoughts of her raced into my mind for the rest of the day.  Even into the night as I lay in bed rereading yesterday’s blog, my thoughts were of her.  How I love being with her and talking to her.  And, how I love repeating the things she says to me. 

I’m not sure how many more years I have to enjoy this incredible lady.  So, I started pondering questions I’ve never asked her.  Stories I’ve never heard.

I want to ask them.  I want to hear it all.  I don’t want to say, “I wish I would have asked her…..”

 Of course, she did recently ask me if she could have my “great big colorful painting” should she outlive me.  She was serious.  I told her yes. 

Who do you need to spend more time with in your life?  What questions do you want to ask him or her?  What stories do you want to hear? 

Maybe it’s the person lying next to you right now.  Maybe it’s that sweet little girl down the hall from you.  The friend who lives two miles from you that you only see or talk to a few times a year. 

Maybe it’s the father who shares a very different view of life from you, so you keep your distance from him.  Or the sister you’re not close to anymore.

I don’t know.  I just know I want to soak up the moments with the people in my life more now than ever.  So, if tomorrow never comes, they know.  Thank  you, Garth Brooks.

And, thank you all for being a part of my life. 

Have a great weekend.

7 Comments

Filed under Big Mama, gratitude, life, Relationships

7 responses to “Soak It Up.

  1. kelly

    love this…
    This week has been kind of hard missing mamaw. I have a card she sent me a couple of years ago that says “so far away but so close to my heart, love you bundles mamaw.” It has been on my refrigerator every since. I love having things in her hand writing. Although I am sad I do know for Stacey and myself that She Knew..

  2. so good.
    and well written, sister.

    miss you!

  3. kate

    That’s soooo good!!! I want to soak it all up, too!

    BTW….you should give that painting to your Big Mama the painting now! 🙂

  4. What you have said is so true!! I still think of things that I wish I had asked my mom and dad. I’m sorry to say, I did not think to ask more questions when they were alive. We tend to forget that our parents had hopes, dreams and expectations when they were young.

  5. Julie

    I’m with Kate. You should give her the painting now … most likely you can get it back one day. That would thrill her to death!

  6. Wendy Verdon

    Dustie – this has to be one of the most powerful posts! I love all your posts, but this one hits home for me more than some. You are so right. I just wish everyone would realize this. Even though I was very close to my dad and my mom and visited regularly, there are still MANY things I wish I had done or said. You are such a wise person. I love you and I am so thankful for your blogs!

  7. Great blog Dusty, a heart prompter for sure!! Thank you for the heart you have!! : ))

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