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Although my husband and I are in Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois Reading Council Conference, that is not the slice that is on my mind tonight.
All day I have had something else tucked in the corner of my thoughts. Today would have been my mother-in-law’s 76th birthday. She passed away just over two years ago from lung cancer.
I miss her.
She once told me, “When I first met you, I thought you were just another one of Mark’s mistakes.”
I didn’t say she was tactful. No, she was honest.
I like honesty. I can count on honesty.
A couple of weeks before she died, she spent seven days at a hospice care center for respite. While she was there, I tried to spend as much time as possible with her. I didn’t want her to be alone, and I wanted to take as much of the burden off of her husband, children, and grandchildren as possible.
One day, when I was feeding her dinner, she said, “I never realized how nurturing you are. You would make a great mother.”
Although I am not a mother, I can’t imagine a better compliment.
Those are words I can count on.