Wanted to call you today to say I love you, but your old number is no longer in service. I tried the operator, she said I’m sorry, I have no number for you. I tried to go to your house, but you don’t live there anymore. The post office has no forwarding address. I guess heaven is just too far away. I love you, I miss you mommy. You are in my heart always. You are gone but not forgotten. Merry Christmas to all those in Heaven this holiday season.
I’m not sure if many of you know on this blog, but I lost my mom to kidney failure on June 2nd, 2008. Prior to being on dialysis for almost 8 years, she has had 3 kidney transplants. The first one was her dad, my “Nannu” (grandpa). A few years later, the kidney failed and she was put on dialysis yet again. Between her, my grandpa, her brother Marco, and the doctors, she went in to have her 2nd kidney transplant when my grandma was visiting family in Italy. The 2nd kidney was donated by Marco. A repeat of the last occurrence, the kidney failed again. She was put on dialysis. She met a guy named Clifford who was willing to donate a kidney to her. He was a complete stranger to our family and just wanted to do a good deed. He demanded zero money. The kidney transplant all went well, but it only lasted for a very short time. After the 3rd kidney failed, she was on dialysis for almost 8 years until she lost her battle to kidney failure. This will be our 3rd Christmas without her. I cherish every moment I got to spend with her, and we literally lived to the saying, “Cherish each and every moment like it will be your last.” We did exactly that. If it wasn’t for my mother, I wouldn’t have had my soulmate, Poo-Key, and if it wasn’t for Poo-Key, I wouldn’t have any of the dogs I share my life with now. I can still tell Poo-Key, “Where’s Momma?” and she will run to the window looking for your car to drive down the road to pick us up.. It’s very sad, but also a sign she still remembers you.
Thank you mom, for everything.
Edda, Carlo, Ricky, Marco, Antonio, Poo-Key, Nina, Verdae, Swagger, and I.