This morning I awoke feeling a real loss â€“ I could not make my daily call to my Mother. I have been making daily calls for the last few months and just got back from a visit to the US to see her before she passed away. She was 93. My Father had passed away in 1983, right at the time I sobered up â€“ now my Mother. Every day I see in my actions and attitudes the lessons my parents taught me â€“ the core values they lived and demonstrated assured that â€˜when I was readyâ€™ I would have all the necessary tools to live a productive and rewarding life. Integrity, a thirst for knowledge, with self assurance â€“ winning attributes they showed me how to develop.
I say â€œwhen I was readyâ€ because I did battle with addiction/alcoholism â€“ but they both were there if and when I needed them. I wish I had been there more for them. Only in their passing, have I fully realized the powerful footing they gave me â€“ Every day I discover that I say, or act exactly as they had taught me â€“ I can hear their voice or picture their actions and I thank God that guidance will always be available. RIP. Love Frank