The older we get the faster time passes. But seriously now, has it been THAT long?
I remember my mother advising me not to waste time. As a child I didn’t get it – time seemed infinite. It took forever to get through the 3rd grade, the 4th, 5th, and 6th!
She used to say in Armenian, “The seasons come and go so fast, I can’t even keep track.”
What does she mean?
I can distinctly remember suffering through the long Wisconsin winters and the April/May rains, only to enjoy a too-short summer before having to go back to school. The fall and winter days were a lot longer then.
It’s been 20 years today (has it really been THAT long?) since she died of congestive heart failure. A petite woman who looked like Mother Teresa in her later years; she also cared for those who couldn’t care for themselves. She was a caregiver for lost and hungry stray cats, dogs, birds, and other assorted animals.
She would have been 92. Is it a coincidence that she died on April 1st – April Fools’ Day? Of all days to die. And how is it that of 365 days in a year, my father (who took that picture of me) died 8 years later on March 31st, the day before. He would be 102.
Our loved ones may be gone but they remain in our hearts forever.
Brenda Avadian, MA
What would I ask Mom if she were still living? 6 questions Brenda Avadian would ask her mother if she were still alive.
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