Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Today would have been Mary's 41st birthday. The first year after she died, Audrey wanted to have a birthday party for Mommy. I had come to Atlanta to spend the weekend with Kathy, and Audrey wanted us to make a cake and have a party. We made a giant chocolate chip cookie (Mary's favorite) and decorated it. And then we sang Happy Birthday to Mommy. Kathy said it was surreal to sing Happy Birthday to a dead person - Uh-huh!

Last year, Audrey said dead people didn't have birthdays. What a difference a year makes.

This year, I don't even know if Audrey will remember Mommy that clearly. She has a step-mom and was so young when Mary died, that I know the memories will fade. And that's a bittersweet acknowledgement. I know that it's going to happen, and I know Audrey is moving forward in her young life.

But I remember! Happy Birthday, Mary!!! I miss you!


karen said...

A lovely tribute Maggie. And I'm sure that the scrapbooking memories your preserved will ensure that mary's memory never really fades. Even if Audrey goes through those 'not interested in the past' years she wil eventually come back to these memories.

Denise said...

(((hugs))) And I agree with Karen, your work will help Audrey remember

Teacher Spice said...

(((((((hugs)))))))))) Maggie!!! I'm sorry you had to lose her, but you are doing great work, sharing her with Audrey.

Blessings, Friend!