Thank You, Mommy; I Love You

Thank You, Mommy; I Love You

From Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul

Thank You, Mommy; I Love You

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Mal. 4:5–6

I was widowed in July 1993 when I lost both my husband and our twelve-year-old son in a drowning accident. By the time I met the missionaries, I was at a point in my life where I didn’t care what happened to me. I simply wanted to know whether I would ever see my child again. When the missionaries assured me I would, I joined the Church.

Shortly after my own baptism, I was able to have my son baptized by proxy. I sat all alone at the edge of the baptismal font in the basement of the Toronto, Canada, Temple. My youngest son was doing the baptism for both my son Christopher and my husband.

As the officiator said Christopher’s name, I felt a pair of arms wrap around my neck and hug me tight. I was startled, because I was the only one sitting there. As I turned to see who it was, I saw the image of my son; he whispered, “Thank you, Mommy. I love you!” I immediately started to cry; he wiped away my tears and waved good-bye.

I was so startled that I couldn’t speak. I watched as he faded away and was joined by my husband and many angels. From that day on I never worried whether I’d ever see him again; I knew I would. And I know that in the meantime, he’s in a good place.

I moved to Arizona for a fresh start; I have one more semester of college, and when I graduate in May 2005 I will have four associate degrees. I just turned fifty in November—and who would have thought that after quitting school at sixteen I would have been able to return to college? I would have never been able to achieve that goal if the heavy burden of worrying about my son had not been removed from my shoulders.

Meli Cardullo

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