It has been one year since I became an orphan. My mom left this world a year ago today and here I am without a parent. I thought age would make losing her less painful. I didn't think my heart could ache again, but it does. I couldn't cry today, because my daughters were crying through their memories of her. I had to be strong. I wore one of her Maxine pins all day as a way to keep her with me. I hope she knows I haven't forgotten what a wonderful mother she was...I haven't stopped loving her. I haven't stopped wanting and needing her or missing her. She left before I was ready. My salvation is that each day that goes by I must surely be closer to being with her again. I need her hug, kiss, and sense of humor. I miss you Mom!