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When you lose one person, suddenly the world can seem depopulated.
I don't believe in coincidences or unexplained events. I never have. I am extremely lucky and grateful for the parents I was given, and I've never taken it for granted.
I believe each one of us has many specific tasks and lessons to learn. I also believe that we are born into the family we will learn the most from. I believe that every soul's life is a miracle.
I believe we are here to learn compassion, empathy, critical lessons, but most of all, how to love one another without judgement, criticism or envy.
Today I honor my sweet Mama. She crossed to the other side 5 years ago today. It doesn't seem possible because one day it feels like yesterday and the next day it feels like forever.
Mom's been gone 5 years.
My sister Rosanne is 55 today. Mom passed away on Rosanne's 50th birthday.
Rosanne was born in 1955. This is the 5th month.
Not a coincidence. The number FIVE has specific meaning this year............ I'm anxious to see what it brings.
Life takes such surprising twists. Sometimes you find yourself in a valley and other days you are shouting from a mountain top. Today I'm at the bottom of a ravine.
My heart and soul are forever wounded, yet I managed to get through the last several years. I didn't know it was possible to actually go on without certain people. I discovered I'm stronger than I would have ever thought, thanks only to my faith and lessons instilled by my parents.
HOWEVER -- I'm tired of missing my loved ones.
I will never stop missing my mom. I will never stop missing my dad and many loved ones that are gone on.
The older I get, the more I accept HOW I am. I discover WHO I am and WHERE I AM. What a journey. That blessing is bent and tarnished only by losing our loved ones and feeling every ache in my aging body.
Thank you Mama for teaching me how to be a proper Southern woman. Thank you for teaching me about faith and the afterlife. Thank you for teaching me respect and compassion for others. Thank you for a million things that were matched only by the million hugs, kisses and "I love you's".
I celebrate mama today and am sending a huge hug, kiss and "I love you" to her today and always.
Thanks to all of you for being here. Much love to everyone.