I had this great idea about what to blog about the other day, and told one of my twitter friends about it, but then I forgot. Oops. It was something to do with grief, but I can't for the life of me recall what it was about, so I will share something that happened to me yesterday.
I was at MOPS yesterday for our annual Christmas meeting. I've been going to this MOPS group for 5 years now! I can't believe it has been that long already, I started going a couple months before A was born in march of 06. The ladies welcomed me right in, and I've been a part of that group ever since. We have lost some members due to their children being too old, or they moved away, or just decided not to come anymore, but there are still some of us hardcore members from back then that still have younger kids, or have had more kids. New mom's join every year as they have babies, so the group in itself is pretty awesome, and I am so thankful for it. My MOPS group has been there for me so much, especially last year when Barry passed and they provided meals for us, helped with funeral arrangements etc etc.
The first sob of the morning happened during our hospitality time, when we did all our hello's, raffles etc. Every month we celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Well, this December would have been mine and Barry's 11th wedding anniversary. Two ladies raised their hands because they had anniversaries in this month. I did not until the last moment. Then before I could start talking, I started sobbing. It came out of nowhere. The tears started flowing and all I could manage to choke out was "Oh god" as I was crying. I managed to calm down a bit, and then said "Barry and I would have had our 11th anniversary this month". And I cried some more. I wasn't expecting that to happen at all. It really is amazing how quickly the tears can come on, with little to no warning at all.
Yesterday before we did our White Elephant gift exchange, we also had a Mentor moms panel where the more experienced older moms talked to us younger moms. These "older" moms have kids that are usually close to my age or older, so they have been married about 30 years usually. As they were all talking about marriage, mother hood and all that that entails, I started to get really irritated. I almost got up and left the room. I didn't want to be there hearing these women talk about their husbands they had had the pleasure to be married to for 30, 40 years. Frankly, it PISSED ME OFF. I was INSANELY jealous, but I managed to hold it together and keep the tears at bay as best as I could. The last thing they addressed was being a single mom and if they had any tips for single moms. I kind of had to laugh to myself because they didn't really know how to answer this question. At the end of that session, they asked if anyone had anything to share. And up went my hand. I talked. But mostly I cried.
I had noticed one thing these women never mentioned at all was really how to treat their husbands. So through my big crocodile tears, and snotty nose, and sobs escaping me, I told my story to the mom's that had never heard it. I explained to them how Barry had died last year because some of the mom's were new and didn't know me last year. Then I got to the point of what I had to say. I said two things:
Never ever take your husbands for granted, and always, always say I love you, because you never know when you will have your last moment with them.
And I cried, and cried and cried. I know some of the other women were crying. Someone gave me tissues, and I got a couple hugs. It just amazed me that these good Christian women forgot the two most important things. How could you forget those? They are so vital to a good marriage. I know that first hand. I am so thankful that Barry died knowing I loved him. One thing I wish though, is that I could tell him one last time that I loved him. I did get to say my goodbyes, and I did tell him I loved him as they were doing CPR and I know he heard me, but just to say it to his face as he looks me would make me so happy. My memories of that morning are foggy because of everything that went on, and I know I told him I loved him when he was still alive, because we ALWAYS were telling each other we loved each other, I just wish I could remember.