Friday, March 11, 2016

I Love You, Mom

     I've been absent from the blogosphere this week due to a family crisis. My dear mother had to be rushed to the hospital for a torn aorta and needed emergency surgery. She's an incredibly brave and strong woman, but this latest episode really frightened me. The experience made me realize that as our parents age, we have to accept that their health is more fragile than ever before, and that we need to cherish the gift of time that we have with them. For this reason, I'm unable to offer you a new blog post today, but in honor of my mother, I'd like to share some links to a few of my favorite posts that were written with her in mind.

     The good news is that my mother made it through her stent surgery and is now in recovery. Prayers and positive thoughts would be very much appreciated. Those of you who still have your mothers here with you, please give them a hug and tell them how much they mean to you. They will never tire of hearing you say, "I love you, Mom."



THE TRUTH ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, I AM MY MOTHER AFTER ALL (featured on Bonbon Break)

THE INVISIBLE GENERATION

IF MY CLOSET COULD TALK  (featured on Purple Clover)



***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? This week my post, "10 Lies Parents Of Teens Tell Themselves" was featured on Lose The Cape. You can read it here: http://losethecape.com/10-lies-parents-teens-tell/


42 comments:

  1. Sending lots of prayers!!
    And pug hugs!!

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  2. Saying a prayer for your Mom, and for mine, who is in surgery right now....

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    1. Oh my gosh, Seanna---what happened to your mother? I'll be praying for you, too!

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  3. I am so glad that she's okay, Marcia, and I will pray for her recovery. In the meantime, take as much time off as you need. When we step back from the blogosphere for a moment, we realize that perhaps we didn't need to stress about it as much as we once did. Currently I'm working on another novel, working full-time with a fun little part-time job on the side (I promise I haven't gone back to stripping), raising 2 awesome little boys, and making time for friends and my other passions like working out. I love writing--it's a passion and I HAVE to do it--but my time for blog posts isn't my top priority like it once was. Currently I've been posting 2-3 times a month and it's been such a breath of fresh air to still write but not put that pressure on myself to crank something out daily or weekly. It's been awesome. Just my two cents--take a break, be with your beloved mother, and don't feel guilty or like readers won't come back. They will. They do. Sending love!!!

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    1. Good advice---thank you, Shay. I need to follow your example and not stress so much over this blogging thing. And I agree---it is rather refreshing to pull back a bit and BREATHE.

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  4. Sending lots of healing light and wishes for strength and peace to you and your family, Marcia. These rites of passage are so tough. You're focusing on what's most important right now--as it should be. Your blogosphere friends will be here when you get back (and we're here for you now!).

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Roxanne. Love you xo

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  5. "Cherish the gift of time", that's exactly it.
    Here's to a speedy recovery for your brave Mom, and you hang in there, too, Marcia! ♥

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    1. Thanks, Tamara. We Kesters are a strong lot! :)

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  6. That is really great news. Taking time away to be with loved ones is just what the doctor ordered for you both! Best to you.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! It really is just what I need right now.

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  7. I'm pleased to hear she's on the road to recovery. And I fully endorse your plea for us to make the most of each moment we have with our parents. My own are 84 & 85 and (thankfully) still fairly active, but I must accept that my time left with them is shrinking.
    Take care

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    1. We still have a long way to go---every day brings something new. I'm happy to hear your folks are doing well---yes, cherish that time. Make lasting memories----because at some point, that's all we have left. I'll always carry my mother in my heart. Always.

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  8. Thank you for sharing from your heart. My mom has been gone for close to 50 years and I would give anything to give her a hug. I always encourage people to appreciate their moms regularly and take nothing for granted.

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  9. The upside of Facebook is the needed prayer requests to extend the prayer wheel. I've been keeping up with your posts and thinking about you all. So glad she's in recovery.

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    1. I love that everyone has been so kind and supportive---the beauty of social media---being able to reach our for help. Thank you for your continued prayers.

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  10. Sending lots and lots of healing energy and positive thoughts your way. <3

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  11. Sending positive thought to your mother for a full and speedy recovery.

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  12. Dear Marcia,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Yet happy to hear she's recovering. I'm sending you my love and my prayers. My mom stays with us full time and I cherish every minute of it. I felt that you disappeared from the blogosphere for important reasons, like I did for almost two months due to traumatising events too. God bless you guys! xx Abby

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    1. Thank you, and I hope you are doing better too, Abby!

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's health, Marcia. Sending out prayers to you both. Hugs!

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  14. Such mixed emotions, I can just imagine how panicked you felt when hearing the news and not knowing what would happen. I'm so glad she was able to have the surgery and wish her a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Lots of prayers going on around here... <3

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  15. Love, Hugs and Prayers from Duluth, my darling.
    Your mother is precious & beautiful ( just like her daughter )

    xxxxxxxx

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  16. Hoping your mom makes a speedy recovery. It does suck getting older and watching our parents age, but it's part of life I guess. Stay strong.

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    1. Yes---we know the inevitable will happen....but it's still so hard to accept it when it does.

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  17. Marsha,I hope your mom is doing well... I will send prayers and good thoughts her way and of course your family... I lost my mom in 2009, we went from being incredibly close to talking once or twice a month... I miss those conversations... xox

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    1. I'm so sorry you lost your mom, Launna.

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  18. Hi Marcia, sending warm wishes your way for a speedy recovery for your mom! You are a wonderful daughter! xo - Lisa

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa---that means a lot to me <3

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  19. I hope everything goes smooth and she heals up well!

    It's true never underestimate the power of saying "I Love You Mom"!

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    1. She seems to be getting better every day--I really do believe in the power of prayer!

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  20. Glad to know she is doing okay. yes, the time is short and it is up before we realise. My mom lives with me and true it is a blessing...prayers and strength to your mom.

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  21. Glad to hear your mother made it through fine. Prayers to your mom that she gets released from the hospital soon. I lost my mother in 2011, and never did I think how much I would miss her on a daily basis. The tears still fall, but at least I have beautiful memories.

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