Wednesday, June 25, 2008


My eldest, Mariah
is my staunchest ally
my best friend
but she gave me a special wrinkle in the middle of my forehead during her teen years.
One day I was at work
and received a phone call from a neighbor informing me
there was a great party going on at my house.
As I was storming to the phone to call Mariah,
I was called into the library by the principal.
She asked the whole staff to join hands
then she told us the book keepers seventeen year old had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
After we all wept together, I left a message n the answering machine
"you're busted, Mariah, pick up"
"Yes, Mom?"
"I just called to tell you how much I love you".
I never caught her skipping school again.
As a postscript, the child with the tumor is a 10 year cancer survivor, married with a four year old.


lsfp1960 said...

That's a good one.'s better not to scream & yell at them, just let them know how much we love them. Linda

plieck30 said...

Ohhh this is a lump in the throat strory. Paula

deshelestraci said...

I love, love, love that story.  No more words for that one!

shrbrisc said...

that was great I loved this entry

bgilmore725 said...

what a quick change of thoughts and emotions for you on that day!  And I'm so glad you left the postcript...  Being a mom is often defined by those wrinkles the kids bring upon us... why would anyone want to erase them (the wrinkles, that is) in their later years? They're our badges and medals of honor! ... yeah, right, spoken like someone who had only one kid! <grin>  bea

am4039 said...

wow what a story, it's funny how things change so fast. Happy your daughter never skipped school again.

lurkynat said...

what a beautiful story Marty!:)
btw thanks for being a great friend to me here! And thanks for commenting in my journal!

ktkamanski said...

I have that same wrinkle and mine is only seven. What a great story with a wonderful ending. Hope all is well with you and yours and that your enjoying your Everyday! Take care of you my friend,

rdautumnsage said...

It's strange how something like this can change your perspective in mere moments. Mine definitely changed with my daughter the day she had her car accident and flipped the car a couple of times. I quit smoking that day and my relationship with her has become the strongest it's ever been. Thanks for posting the post script so we knew what happened to the young lady. (Hugs)Indigo

lurkynat said...

you know Marti this entry even means more the second time I read it!
love and hugs, xxooxooo

jmorancoyle said...

    Okay, I have goosebumps. It's funny. Jon reminded me how nice it is to hear how someone loves you now and then. After he said it to me one day on his way to work, I had to think about it. I made a point afterwards to say it to the other two. There's been a different attitude around here lately.