OMG. Tears. More tears. Such a touching bit about Mamie.
Congrats Val. An email has been sent!! Thanks everyone for Entering!!!
This Mother’s Day, I’m working with Clever Girls in support of Macy’s Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the “trade, not aid” program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.
I remember the look on her face the moment she stepped into the newly painted nursery. Her hands cupped over her mouth and tears welled in her beautiful brown eyes.
“Kimbers,” she said, “I can’t believe that this is happening. My sweet little girl who used to climb into my bed in the wee hours of the morning and stick her cold feet against my legs to wake me up. You were a little crap you know. I can’t believe you’re having a baby.”
She twirled herself around the room and then bent over and put her lips close to my stomach.
“Oh KiShawna,” she whispered (she had wanted us to have a girl and she dubbed our growing baby KiShawna, a combination of both our names Kimberly and Shawn), “You’re parents are spoiling you already. You hurry up and come out of there. You have to see this room.”
How to describe my dear Mamie?
She never left the house without make up because according to her, “You never know who you’re going to run into.”
The greenest thumb you’d ever meet.
My #1 fan.
My best friend.
She was my everything.
The day we gave birth to our beautiful baby boy, my Mamie was eager to hold him. I remember her whispering into his ear, “Well, I wanted a girl, but you are so dang cute. I guess we will keep you,” and she kissed his forehead.
When she was done hogging him, she placed him gently in my arms and said, “Thank you Kimbers for the honour of being a Greatgrandmother.”
She got to watch Chunky grow for an entire year. In September of 2009, she became terminally ill with cancer.
It was the worst experience of my entire life watching someone who has been such an integreral part of my life let go. I held her hand so tightly, as if I was willing her to stay just a little longer.
As she began to slip into a coma, I wanted to tell her something. Anything. I leaned close and whispered, “Thank you for being my Mamie. You were the coolest person I have ever met. I love you.”
I think of her a lot.
When I’m out in my garden.
When we put up the Christmas houses she adorded so much.
When I watch our beloved Maple Leaves on Hockey Night In Canada.
When I need to run away to her house for a hug and homemade brownies.
When I have something exciting to share.
When I look at my son and think of how much she loved him even before he made an appearance into this world.
She was my world.
Love you Mamie.
I recieved 2 Heart of Haiti Pendants from Macy’s(pictured at top of the page). These handcrafted pendants helps to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth for other struggling moms and families in Haiti. The sales of Heart of Haiti products at Macy’s put real, sustainable income into the hands of the artisans who create them, changing their lives in remarkable ways.
I wanted to give one of these pendants away to one of you. You all have been such a source of strength to me during the good, the bad, and all that’s inbetween. You don’t know how much each and every comment, email, tweet, etc. means to me. So I’m paying this forward.
All that I ask is for you to tell me about a special woman in your life.
That’s it. Oh, and I’ll ship this internationally
This is a short giveaway since I’m having surgery soon and I’d like to get things in order before the big day. This will start April 17th 2012 and ends on April 21st 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. Random.org will choose the winner and I’ll contact you via email.
Good luck and thank you for being so supportive.
Thank you to Macy’s Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own