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August 15, 2017


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Kathleen Gage

Powerful post. The loss of our mom never goes away. The pain changes over time, but the fact we can hurt so deep means we can also love so deep.

Thank you for sharing so deeply. My thoughts are with you.

Yvonne DiVita

Your kind words touched my heart - you got it! You got the message here! What experiences did our parents have, as 'regular folk' before they became our parents? It's a topic that still intrigues me.

Yvonne DiVita

Melissa, I once imagined asking my mom some of the questions still hanging around my mind, but I never did. I hope you will! Thank you for your kinds words. It's in the comfort of friends and family that I feel inspired to move forward.

Beth Patterson

I'm so sorry for your loss.

I lost my dad and father-in-law a few months apart. For a while, I felt really sad that I didn't know a lot of things about them, like who taught them to drive and other stories from their childhood.
It is never easy to lose a loved one, sending you healing thoughts!


There are no words to help ease your pain, Yvonne but know that you are in my heart today. Growing up as mother and daughter is never easy but you captured the love, mystery, misunderstandings and acceptance that most of us have endured. My mom turned 87 this spring and I know how lucky I am to still be able to pick up the phone and call her. Your mother has to be so proud of the incredible woman you have become. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Yvonne DiVita

Thank you, Diana. I think we did have similar experiences, and I think there are a lot of others like us. As for vacations, I honestly did not know people took vacations, until I got married and the subject came up as a matter of course. It was news to me!

Diana Gardner Robinson

What a powerful and moving post, Yvonne. I am so sorry that you have lost your mom. I was greatly moved by the similarities between our stories, albeit I had only one sib and only one dad. And it was my dad who eagerly led us to the grocery store that destroyed all family life and negated vacations (oh, yes, I added that bit, but I'm guessing both things happened to you, too. Mine of course are all long gone.

A great and moving tribute, and a wonderful example of story-telling as well.

My condolences. And thank you.

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