Sunday Morning after the Storm

 

My mother started the decline with her memory at the early age of 68 and died at the age of 74 from Alzheimer’s.

Trouble started brewing between my sister and I at this time, not only were we losing our mom, but we were also losing our husbands, emotionally. We both ended up divorcing only a few years apart.

This weekend after not seeing each other since Christmas, a rarity we go that long, nevertheless, we found ourselves at a peace with each other for the first time in years. We were back to not only being sisters but each other’s best friend.

We spent every evening on my front porch, introducing each other to new music, playing the music that reminded us of our mother and our youth. We shared stories of our mom. A fond memory of my mom was late night country rides she loved taking.

My mom was that person that could get my daddy to do most anything, such as waking my sister and I up after midnight and the four of us going driving on long country roads listening to whatever was playing on the radio. I distinctly remember Squeeze Box by The Who, watching her sing to my daddy, bouncing around, upper body dancing, whilst my sister and we’re in the back seat (of our royal blue Chevy station wagon that was built like a tank) observing this love between them. The greatest reward to these late night rides was stopping at the corner gas station that was closed but had an outside bottled Coke machine and my dad buying us all Yahoos for the late night drive.

Having three days with my little sister, she left this morning. I sit here on my East Texas front porch after an early morning thunderstorm, cool breeze blowing; I reminisce about the awesome visit we had together, it’s peaceful and inspiring.

It’s a wonderful day after the storm.

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Gary McVey Contributor

    What a beautiful post, so delicately written and uplifting!

    • #1
    • June 16, 2019, at 12:54 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  2. JoelB Member

    Beautiful story of reconciliation, @jamie-bostick 

    • #2
    • June 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  3. Vectorman Thatcher

    Welcome to Ricochet!

    Is your Avatar a great picture of you and your sister?

    • #3
    • June 16, 2019, at 1:45 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  4. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Beautiful story of reconciliation, @jamie-bostick

    Thank you so much, Joel!!!

    • #4
    • June 16, 2019, at 2:24 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  5. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    What a beautiful post, so delicately written and uplifting!

    I appreciate your very kind words, Gary!

    • #5
    • June 16, 2019, at 2:25 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  6. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    Thank you, glad to be here! No, the photo is my mom and I.

    • #6
    • June 16, 2019, at 2:27 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  7. Vectorman Thatcher

    Jookie Joon (View Comment):

    Thank you, glad to be here! No, the photo is my mom and I.

    Well, I had a 50:50 chance … A great pic nevertheless! 

    • #7
    • June 16, 2019, at 2:31 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  8. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Jookie Joon (View Comment):

    Thank you, glad to be here! No, the photo is my mom and I.

    Well, I had a 50:50 chance … A great pic nevertheless!

    Lol, my mom would’ve loved that compliment!!!

    • #8
    • June 16, 2019, at 2:33 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  9. Shauna Hunt Member

    Please write more!

    • #9
    • June 16, 2019, at 5:19 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  10. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    Shauna Hunt (View Comment):

    Please write more!

    I appreciate your kindness and I plan on it! Thank you, Shauna!!!

    • #10
    • June 16, 2019, at 5:27 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  11. Stad Thatcher

    Jookie Joon: we found ourselves at a peace with each other for the first time in years. We were back to not only being sisters but each other’s best friend.

    Wonderful!

    • #11
    • June 17, 2019, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  12. Jookie Joon Thatcher
    Jookie Joon Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    Jookie Joon: we found ourselves at a peace with each other for the first time in years. We were back to not only being sisters but each other’s best friend.

    Wonderful!

    Thank you!!!! Have a great Monday!

    • #12
    • June 17, 2019, at 7:34 AM PDT
    • 1 like