Well as many of my readers and followers know a year ago today, my mother in law transitioned from Earth. It was such an experience. This blog is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Ann Wilson-Storr. We have lost a piece of her and we are trying our best to hold it together. This year has had so many ups and downs. These are the things that I have personally noticed:
- Time right now hasn’t healed our hearts. My kids are still visibly moved by my mother in law’s passing. My oldest will go to the gravesite but will not get close. My son is still missing her and asking for her, but then will remember that she’s not here. My youngest was only 2 when she passed away but will say things like momma said….. Trust me it’s really spooky and the things that she says really sounded of things she would have said. We were super worried that she was the one who didn’t have a close relationship because she was so young.
- Holidays and birthdays aren’t the same. I try to still keep in line with what we would have done if she was here, but you can feel it. I can’t think of a holiday where we as a family haven’t talked about her and what her presence not being here has meant. She died right around Halloween and before Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s been hard.
- I notice that I didn’t cry as much as I did when she first passed but now I do more and its overwhelming. I never thought what life would be like without her here. I always thought she would be a part of whatever we were doing and not having her here has been unbearable at moments.
- I include her memory in everything. I do not want my kids to loss her memory.
- My youngest still inter changes my mom and my mother in law’s name. They call my mom Hanmom and her Mom-Mom and she will ask to go to mom-mom’s house but she really means my mom. It’s not just a little slip up, we correct her and she is convinced. She has been asking to go to my mom’s house more lately. It’s hard to know what a 3rd year old means all the time.
- Her passing has made me think of my own parents, and the relationship with my kids. They are now the main grandparent here on Earth. I want them to be closer. However on grandparents day because of distance we had were honored to ask my mother in law’s best friend to stand in but I remember my son being upset and stating how unfair it was his grandparents weren’t there.
- As a mother I want to be sure that my words towards my kids are better. I do not want any words between me and them to be in left field that when I am no longer here, they don’t have to heal from anything negative. Her death makes me want to be as honest, right, and more loving to my own children.
- Lastly anger. It has been weird and I try not to bother my husband about it, but I have felt angry at times. Like why there wasn’t more that could be done to keep her here with us a little longer.
- Not to take life for granted. I remember my mother in law had this list of these great things she wanted to do like take a trip to the Bahamas, buy a new car, or take her grandkids to Disney and sadly those things never happened. I remember when she was in the hospital and telling me what she was going to do, I told her that I would hold her to it. Now she can’t and I will forever use that energy to do all of the things I possibly can. I don’t want to wait until later, etc. I want to be sure that I live my best life daily. So now I move differently in how I honor myself. In this, will honor her and be a great testament to my kids at the same time.
Like I have said our interactions between my mother in law had intense moments like any other daughter in law and mother in law could have. However it was always my desire to be closer to her. What I enjoyed about her was her ability to handle her money and save. She has taught me that. I know for a fact that I am a better shopper, a better woman of my finances as well as better at ruling my home because of her.
She taught me how to love my husband. My husband is an only child. You can imagine above all else of what I have learned, how I may be mending, or how our children are doing is his emptiness. She showed me how to love unconditionally. I always thought that was something that was so natural but it’s not. She showed me how to handle people mistreating you, talking about you and still being yourself. EVERYONE knows how it is to be in “Debbie’s world.” She never wavered in who she was, how she felt, who she like, or who she didn’t like. She was her, and she didn’t try to change. She showed me how to love through people.
Whenever I hear my youngest talk, I say okay little Debbie. She looks like her too. My 3-year-old is the most sassy but not disrespectful child I have ever encountered. She reminds me of my mother in law and I just look at her with a side eye at times just like I would my mother in law if she was here.
One thing I would say with anyone who has a in law, to speak up for yourself and not be disrespectful. I know that at times I came off as disrespectful and I have always admitted that there were things that I could have done like leave etc. However I can say with 100% certainty is that I was in her full corner when it came to making sure she had the BEST care possible. It was after I moved from her home that our relationship got back on track. Also at the end of the day there isn’t anything that was done that I felt like I feel guilty about now that she is gone. That comes from working things out and learning how to work it out. I am not saying things were perfect at all, but we left things on the track it should have been on way before she passed. Also keep in mind that regardless of what is done you can be cordial to an in law. This is a respectful hello and good-bye especially if children are involved. Do you know how hard it is to explain to a child while you were “being mean” to that grandparent? Kids watch what you do regardless of what you say. However even in kidless marriages, it will still matter in how you interact. You can put distance where it’s needed, I am for that. I did the same for a while too, but when you come back, try. Always find a try within you. How you handle those around you matters. Also keep in mind, that just because you don’t like your in-law, they are the root of your significant other. The love relationship they have regardless of how many times they complain to you is always going to be there. When that in-law transitions they will resent you if you have treated them any less. They will not care what was done on the opposite end because the in law won’t be there to speak for themselves. So be truly careful in how you talk, act, and handle this very delicate relationship. I am telling you it WILL matter.
Deborah, I know you are watching over us, making sure we give your grandbabies anything they ask. I know you know we will not but you would want us to. You would want us to give them as many kisses for you. I try daily to do just that and more. The way you loved those 3 grandkids of yours was nothing more than I could have given and I am their mother. I pray that as we continue in this life, that your memory will burn bright everyday. I pray you are honored in how we move and live daily. Until you can give me another side eye, I love you!!