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Time to honor your mother

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By Jim Clark

When I was a young boy, about 7 or so, my grandmother died. She was my mother's mother, and also my aunt's mother. My aunt lived across the street, so our families were quite close.

About that time, there was a popular song on the radio called My Heart Cries for You. I believe the singer was Guy Mitchell, who a few years later would have the big hit, Singing the Blues.

I liked that song, and used to go around singing it. One day, though, my mother took me aside and gently told me please not to sing it in front of my aunt, because it reminded her about her mother, who had just died.

I never forgot that.

Then, 11 years ago, my mother died. Now I understood a little better how my aunt felt.

My mother was 82, but the death was still sudden. The last time I saw her was 10 days earlier, on New Year's, when we visited. I had to leave to go back to work a little earlier than the rest of the family. Mom came out to my car to say goodbye, and I will never forget the look she gave me. It was almost as if she knew that was the last time we would see each other. That look really bothered me then, and still haunts me to this day.

Here we are again in May, and Mother's Day is this Sunday. If you are one of those who is lucky enough to have your mother still alive, take the time to make it a special day for her. Go out today and get her a card so she gets it on time. (Please, don't just send her an e-mail). Call her on Sunday if she's too far away to visit.

Make it a special day for mom. Someday, you might wish you had taken the time, and it will be too late.

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Jim Clark is editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or at 528-3343.