Mother’s Day rolls around again and it’s always such a sweet holiday but for those of us who have lost our moms, it holds a hint of melancholy as well. For it brings a fountain of fond loving memories from my early childhood. The sweet days of youth spent with my beloved mother Maureen O’Reilly before her passing one week before my eleventh birthday.
As our children grow, wings spread wide and the world better for it, we too get a new season of adventure and purpose — not only as mother’s but friends, mentors, bold advocates and carriers of change for the good.
It also reminds me of the joy and love shared during my years on “Touched by an Angel” and after with my beloved adopted mother Della Reese who, as many of you know, passed away just 18 months ago. Loving both of them filled my heart and enriched my life and I will always be grateful that we had time together as their love shaped the woman that I am today.
I sometimes wish heaven had visiting hours. I’d be able to pop over there to see them both with two big bunches of flowers, one for each of them. I don’t know what the afterlife will look like but I love to imagine the two of them sitting in a garden laughing and telling stories to each other in heaven. The thought of that makes my heart glow.
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