From my mom...

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    Dec 18, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    Lynn Davis to michaeljd
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    To laugh often and much;
    to win the respect of the intelligent people
    and the affection of children;
    to earn the appreciation of honest critics
    and endure the betrayal of false friends;
    to appreciate beauty;
    to find the best in others;
    to leave the world a bit better
    whether by a healthy child,
    a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
    to know that one life has breathed easier
    because you lived here.
    This is to have succeeded.
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    Sounds like something my mom would send me. Amazing... Thanks for sharing.

    EDIT: I DID NOT KNOW THAT... I am sorry! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
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    Dec 18, 2011 7:28 AM GMT
    As some might not be aware, I hope you do not mind my posting which I read here http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2035918/

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    mikeinslc saidSorry to hear that, I lost mine early this year. If you need someone to listen hit me up :O)


    Also I see you have a thread going about your current depression.

    You are still mourning the loss of your beloved mother. It is okay to be sad. You will want to eventually work your way out of it, but the mourning process takes about three years before it will fully make sense to you what has happened. The crying will subside during that time. You'll still have tears after that time. The first year is fucking brutal. If you have any heart at all, there is no way around this.

    Your mother sent you a very lovely poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which I know well, having read it to myself many times. But now I know it better, having seen it sent from your mom to you. For now I can see it as being a poem about continuing life.

    My best bud's mother printed this poem on back of the funeral announcement cards when we buried my first partner, 20 years ago.
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    Dec 18, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    Michael,

    I am impressed by what your mother left for you. I'd be keeping those words framed where I could read them every morning. That and other things she did for you - taught you - will help you as you begin to feel better with each passing week. I'm confident you're going to live a great life and make her very proud of you. Best of everything to you.

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    Dec 18, 2011 7:46 AM GMT
    It's my first Christmas without my Mom, too......icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    The first xmas, the second. The first birthday, the first anniversary of the death, the second, the third the fifth. The pain subsides but never goes away completely. Everyone truly living life winds up with baggage. Pack smart.

    My brother said something a bit crude but helpful in putting things into persepctive. On our way thru the airport after burying mom, he put his arm around me and said "Everyone goes through this. We just got it out of the way."
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    Your mother is a great and powerful soul...
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    Dec 18, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    Loved that! Moms kick ass...
    much love to ur mom