In April of this year, I lost my mom. My sweet, caring, generous, stylish, fun and funny mom.
She always said "I'm fun and funny!" She was also really proud of the word she made up - filthify. She loooved her doggies, and they loved her back. She was never more excited than when she was going to hang out with her sisters. She was so much fun at parties. She had so much love to give.
Really, I started losing her little by little when she started showing symptoms of Alzheimer's 6 or 7 years ago. I knew she wouldn't recover, but I didn't know how hard the finality of losing the last pieces of her would hit me.
It hurts even more knowing that my dad lost his wife, my brother lost the person who always had his back the most, her siblings lost one of their closest friends, my cousins lost another auntie. Our aunties and uncles are so important to us.
It also hurts knowing that I never got a chance to talk much to her about her past. I wish I had gotten to know her better as a person. I wish I didn't take her for granted as much as I did. She always had my back too, and there was never any doubt how much she loved me and Brian, even when she was yelling at us for being the brats we were.
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