Today’s poignant post is shared by Evelyn Hershberger, mother of four. She says this week “marks five years since my mother was welcomed forever into Jesus’ presence. Two years ago on February 3rd, my first and only daughter was born. She’s so sweet and busy and has a lot to say! Lately I feel like another dimension has been added to grieve the loss of my mom. When my daughter says, “I want to go to Grandma’s house,” or “I like Grandma!” I feel so sad. True, I am glad that she has ONE Grandma, at least; her paternal grandparents are both still living. But how I wish she could know my mother. How I wish I could share my daughter with my mom! I wrote this poem as I was processing, and it helps – a little.”
“I want to go to Grandma’s house,” her eyes
Summer blue sky, her voice a lilting note.
Your Grandma certainly affection buys.
And yet the grief! It clutches at my throat!
Oh what delight! Alas not mine! To be
A mother, yet beloved daughter still.
A circle—motherly felicity!
To nurture, yet be succored when I will.
Could heart that loved me touch my daughter too!
A shared experience; understanding forged.
Her happy spirit imprint child of mine!
Yet death, a heartless, heavy chasm gorged.
Let signature of buoyant, gracious soul,
Be through me mirrored plainly, pictured whole!
– By Evelyn Hershberger
What do these words make you feel? What would you like to say in response to Evelyn and her daughter?