Where do I even begin? Life as of late has- to put it bluntly- sucked for me and my husband. Last Thursday, my mother in law passed suddenly and unexpectedly, and it’s left us reeling. While many would say that their mother in law was a crazy witch who made their life miserable, mine was the complete opposite. I loved my mother in law more than I think she ever knew. She drove us both crazy sometimes with her eccentricities, but she was the most loving and gracious person I ever knew. She’s give you the shirt off her back and the last of the food in her house if it would make things easier for you.
I wrote a blog post just over 3 years ago about how nervous and unsure I was of meeting her because I’ve always wanted a great relationship with my mother in law, whoever she ended up being. My nerves meeting her 3 years ago were completely ridiculous as the moment I walked through her door she showed me compassion, love, understanding, and above all, humor. I’m the type of person who needs to be able to joke with those I love and she let me know I was welcome by picking on me for the way I grew up. I’ll sincerely miss going to her house, being wrapped in a hug, and hearing her say “I can’t believe you grew up eating rabbits! Who does that?!” I loved hanging out with her and talking and I’d follow her around the house just to have a conversation.
Below all the grief I’m experiencing, is anger. I’m angry beyond belief that my time with her was cut short. I know that’s a selfish thought, especially when I’m sure her children feel the same way, but dammit, she and I were just getting started. She had so much more to teach me in terms of family recipes, and stories of my husband growing up, that I feel cheated. I feel robbed. I finally got the relationship I always hoped for in my mother in law, actually felt like I had gained a mom out of the deal, and suddenly she’s gone. My heart hurts and every time I think I have no more tears to cry, here comes a new wave of grief. I’m going to miss her immensely and I can only hope that I can show her son even a fraction of the love she showed everyone around her. She was the neighborhood mom, the perpetual cheerleader, the safe haven if you were ever in trouble, and the mama bear for those who needed protecting. I’m so proud to say she was MY mother in law.
Ma, wherever you are, please know that I love you and miss you. I’ll try my best to take care of your baby and continue your legacy of graciousness and love. I can’t thank you enough for raising the man I call my husband, I know the best parts of him, he got from you. I didn’t have you in my life nearly long enough, but I will forever cherish the time I did get with you for it was truly a blessing in my life.
“Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.” I refuse to say goodbye but I will say that I’ll see you later, Ma.