I hit a very sad mile marker today. I scrapbooked the last picture taken of my mom before she passed away. I didn't realize this until I had finished the page and was about to journal on it. I was overcome with sadness and wished I had scrapbooked it in a different way, a way that would commemorate its importance. The picture was one of a several that had been taken on my father's 53rd birthday and I had entitled the page "Your Day." I decided to journal my feelings about the day on the layout and this is what came out. Even though I had meant for the title to refer to my dad, I think it has much more meaning now as it refers to my mom.
"Dad’s 53rd birthday will always be a treasured memory of mine. Mom had just returned from one of her long hospital stays, and she was better than she had felt in quite a while. She was her old self: happy, boisterous, and as always, the life of the party. It was her one good day in months. When we called our friends just two weeks later to let them know of her passing, they were shocked. They all commented on how they had just seen her at Dad’s party. How she had seemed to be doing so well. Indeed, she was well. She was surrounded by her family and friends celebrating her beloved husband’s birthday. I am so very thankful to have one last memory of her true self, loving life and partying it up!"