It actually took my breath away. It made me cry. It filled me with love. It made me realize how precious life is. It made time freeze.
Yesterday was day like so many others. I sang with Voce Regales, a female vocal group formed about 4 years ago by our church’s music minister, Peter Smith. I have been singing in choral groups since I was in 4th grade, so, that makes it…4 plus 5 minus 52…a really long time!
When I was a kid, my father used to clear his throat. This way I knew he was there (never always sure about that – he worked a lot and had lots of things going on) and where he was sitting in case I could glance over and smile, wink or discreetly wave.
But my mother was always there having already dressed me in the appropriate outfit, baked the requisite item for the punch and goodies afterward and delivered me to the appropriate venue with minutes to spare after the boots were removed and choir chair found.
If Dad was the wild card, Mom was the Queen. If Dad was the variable, Mom was the absolute.
Have you ever noticed how little we think about the absolute and how the wild card gets all of the attention. Yesterday that thought was like a punch in the stomach for me. My lovely lively mother sat at St. Peter’s Church staring at me with the most devoted face of love I have ever witnessed and all I could do was cry.
To gain composure I looked a little further in the distance, several rows behind me and saw the parents of one of my favored choir members. What did I see? I saw the look of absolute love for their daughter.
Most profound for me, however, was the reality that I still had the opportunity to see that look of love and how lucky I am to have at least one of my parents. To have made it into middle age and still have a parent is a lovely thing.
If your parents are alive, give them a call today for no reason, only to ask about them and offer love.
Life is good!