January 2021 felt like a continuation of 2020… 7 days into the year my Mother In Law unexpectedly passed away before any of us had a chance to say GoodBye.
One of my favorite memories of Norma is the way her eyes would mist with tears and her smile was the brightest when she would look at one of her sons ! I’ll never forget one morning when my husband walked down to begin his day, Norma was having tea in the kitchen on her visit with us to our home in Ohio when she spied her youngest son. The love on her face lit the room! I loved seeing her love and feeling it and being so thankful my husband had such love from his Mom♥️
Norma was very smart, talented and caring. Norma to me was a Pioneer for women making her way in the 60’s and 70’s to having a career and also being Super Mom! Norma balanced a job and family which couldn’t have been an easy task with 4 sons! I know Norma loved every minute! All Norma really ever wanted was family time! I would love to watch her beam with pride at the Holiday tables as she observed her sons and Grandchildren. She would look at me and raise her hands and say” would you look at this”. And smile with pride! Norma loved being Gram to her Grandchildren and did it like the Pioneer woman she was…. always at the top of her game!
I guess when a life ends as we know it on earth…. you can tell so much by watching and listening. I know Norma had love returned! Norma was treasured and Norma was cherished! And if the tears told me anything that day we said our final good-byes … it was this…Norma … you rest now, you’ve done an incredible job with your family and your life! You did proud by your parents and you made your mark in the world. You live in our hearts Mom, Gram, Norma and it’s our turn to make you proud. That is how we will thank you for being You! And Norma… we will be here cheering on your Steelers….knowing you are up in heaven with God calling the plays! ( I’m sure you will hear us )!!! Norma … I don’t think I ever thanked you and I wish I would’ve …. somehow I think you can hear me… Thank you …. thank you ,thank you for your son! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family. We will always miss you😇. Look for us together in the future … we will “Look Up” and know you are there … watching with your hands up in the air saying” will you look at this!”