I remember the smile.
I remember the first day I met Mommit. It was the day after I met Jodi. Jodi took me to meet her parents at their house on the river in Omaha. Mommit greeted us with her usual big smile and a welcoming “Hi, I'm Susie.” I will always remember that smile. She greeted us with that same smile hundreds of times over the years. She always beamed with that great big smile every time Jodi, the kids and I saw her. I miss her smile today.
I remember Mommit's kind heart.
Mommit was always there for us whenever we needed her. Once, Jodi frantically called her from the airport at six in the morning. We had left some luggage hanging on the bathroom door in our haste to make our early flight to Florida with the kids. Mommit raced to our home and to the airport with our forgotten luggage, just in time for us to make it onto the plane. There were countless times like that over the years. She never hesitated. She never made a fuss. She was always there to help her family when we needed her. I miss her kind heart today.
I remember Mommit's love.
Mommit lost her soulmate when Jim died in January. It was easy to see on her face the terrible loss and heartbreak she was going through. But through it all, she tried to comfort the rest of us with our loss of Papa. That same smile came back out when we spoke of times past and the good times we all had. The sorrow was pushed aside and only the love remained. I miss that love today.
I remember Mommit's joy.
Mommit was truly joyful throughout her life. She was joyous greeting each new grandchild at the hospital. She was joyous when she greeted family returning from vacation. She was joyous when she brought us into her home for family dinners. She was joyous hanging out with Nanny and Buddy Boy every moment she could. She was joyous while watching the kids play in the back yard of their home in Omaha. She was joyous taking care of the animals on the farm in Iowa. She was joyous making quilts for family members. She was joyous as she baked Christmas cookies with Jodi and built gingerbread houses with the kids. She was joyous for these and so many other times in her life. I miss that sense of joy today.
I will always remember her smile, her kind heart, her love, and they joy she gave to each of us. We are blessed to have known Mommit.
Today, I am happy she has found peace after some difficult times and take comfort knowing that she is again with Jim, Nanny, Buddy Boy, Cassie and all of those she loved that left us before her. Every soul in Heaven is now blessed with her smile, her kind heart, her love and her joy.
I will always remember her smile.