Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago tonight I was rushing an hour and a half to be at my Mom's bedside in the hospital. I spent the night coming into the ICU and holding her hand and then going back out to the waiting area because it was too difficult to stay for long. The next morning she passed away. My oldest child was only 6 months old...my youngest child wasn't even born yet. They will never remember her and that saddens me. I was 27 years old...too young to say goodbye. I was just finally old enough to relate to her and appreciate her. I was looking forward to being a mom with her to guide me in the ways of motherhood. Ten years later I still have a hard time even thinking of her without crying. I miss her so much.

There is a song that always makes me think of her and I thought I'd share that with you tonight. It's called 26 Cents and is a country song by the Wilkinsons. I don't know if there is any way to actually have it play the music...but I'll put the lyrics below. Here's to you, Mom.

She sat alone on a bus out of Beaumont
The courage of just 18 years
A penny and quarter were taped to a letter
And momma's goodbye in her ears

She watched as her high school faded behind her
And the house with the white picket fence
Then she read the note that her momma had wrote
Wrapped up with 26 cents

When you get lonely, call me
Anytime at all and I'll be there with you, always
Anywhere at all
There's nothing I've got that I wouldn't give
And money is never enough
Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love

A penny and a quarter buys a whole lot of nothing
Taped to an old wrinkled note
And when she didn't have much she had all momma's love
Inside that old envelope

When you get lonely, call me
Anytime at all and I'll be there with you, always
Anywhere at all
There's nothing I've got that I wouldn't give
And money is never enough
Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love

Oh its been years since momma's been gone
But when she holds the coins she feels her love just as strong

When you get lonely, call me
Anytime at all and I'll be there with you, always
Anywhere at all
There's nothing I've got that I wouldn't give
And money is never enough
Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love

Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love

3 comments:

hangnailz n' papercutz said...

Some days it is just enough to remember someone you love and have a private laugh or two.

Rose Ann said...

Beautiful lyrics. Hugs to you, Jane.

Kelly S said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I don't even want to think of that day.

The song you posted is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. *hugs*