18: Mom’s Texas-Sized Sacrifice

18: Mom’s Texas-Sized Sacrifice

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!

Mom’s Texas-Sized Sacrifice

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.

~Toni Morrison, Beloved

Sunday evenings are quite busy in my home. I am usually consumed with preparing meals, ironing clothes for the week, and reading bedtime stories, but one item on my to-do list is special. That is my weekly chat with Mom. We always talk church, family, and work. This particular Sunday’s talk, however, was different.

“You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I’m missing out on the boys’ lives — milestones, school functions, and sporting events. In a few years, they will be graduating and moving on. What do you think about me moving to Texas?” Mom asked in an apprehensive tone.

To be honest, I couldn’t believe it. Of course, we all would be elated if Mom moved closer, but could she just leave the only life she has ever known? How does one just pack up sixty-plus years in a matter of months and not look back? All of these questions swirled around in my mind while I attempted to process her question.

“That is a wonderful idea,” I replied. “We all would be so excited to have you here!”

Mom put her home on the market and played the waiting game. Week after week, for three months, potential buyers viewed the three-bedroom, ranch-style home nestled between soaring oaks. Within a few months, the home sold. There were hiccups along the way, but Mom persevered, determined to be with her family.

Whether it was working the same job for thirty years, supporting my brother and me through school and extracurricular activities like dance recitals and tennis matches, basketball games, and bowling tournaments, or driving four hours to pick me up from college when I was sick with the flu, Mom has always been there. Whenever her children, grandchildren, siblings, or friends need her, she’s always ready to assist.

The closing of one chapter breathes fresh, new life into another. Making the decision to leave behind a familiar home and life proves the great lengths Mom will go to for those she loves. Today, she is having the time of her life, for she is right where she longed to be… with family!

Never in a million years did I imagine my mother leaving her home to relocate to a new home, a new community, a new church, and a new way of life, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a mother whose heart is as big as the state she now calls home. As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas…” including Mom’s love.

~Karla B. James

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