I walked into Senior Care and smiled when I saw the snowman by the poinsettia. I wasn’t surprised – another hello from my angel. I waited in the seating area for several minutes until Dr. Ballio walked out, smiling in instant recognition. I carried my gift of tulips in my arms and of gratitude in my heart, tears streaming down my face as soon as I saw her gentle smile.
I waited a year until I thought I could come to see you, to thank you.
She took me in her arms and held me, saying how much it meant to her that I had come to see her. She noticed the pendant I wore, the beautiful necklace from Holly Kallie, from the painting she did of Mom and I.
Oh, that is beautiful!
It was a gift from Mom’s Space People…
I’m so glad that you had them to help you get through it all.
Me, too. I want to thank you. My mother loved you, and so do I. You made a difference in our lives, and I will always be grateful to you.
You have no idea what it means to me to hear this- thank you.
One more tearful embrace, and I left Dr. Ballio to return to her busy schedule, to care for other seniors in need of her compassion and kindness. I sat in the Bug for a few moments to compose myself before I headed home. My heart hurt, still feeling the pain of my mother’s loss, but I also felt healing and strength. Another step forward. And I felt my mother smile…a wonderful gift.