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Amusement Parks, Mother’s Day and Carpe Diem

WARNING: Emotional post today – be advised…

There are two days out of the year that I do not look forward to. Today (Mother’s Day) is one of them. And it’s certainly not because I hate my Mother. On the contrary – it’s because we lost her.

Some of you know that she passed away from a very aggressive form of Leukemia on August 1st, 2004 (which happens to be the OTHER date on the calendar I’m not fond of).

Yes, the sting does fade over time – but it never truly goes away.

So, while you’re likely to see many “Happy Mother’s Day” posts out there today, I wanted to throw my hat into the ring as well to say, “I love you, Mom. Always and forever.”

And heed my wisdom – even the most inane and seemingly meaningless trip to your local park with your friends and family – can mean everything later on in life. As I always say in my “Lost Parks” presentations to local community groups, “Carpe Diem – sieze the day. You never know when your favorite ride or worse – loved one will no longer be with us.”

Here’s hoping that I make you proud this week, Mom as you look down upon me.

No caption could contain the emotion that this photo brings back to me and my family.

No caption could contain the emotion that this photo brings back to me and my family.

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2 responses

  1. I could not help but relate to this :/ I wasn’t looking for a relate-able post in the “mother’s day” tags. I lost my mother 4 years ago on a mother’s day. I am so sorry for your loss. Make her proud 🙂

    May 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  2. I lost my mom less than a year ago, so it’s still to fresh and today really stings so I’ve been grumpy all day as a result.

    May 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm