In honor of my mom's passing, 40 years ago today, I'm starting this blog.
This is a photo of my mom, age late 30s or 40.
This is a picture of a drawing that my daughter Jessica drew from that photo and surprised me for my birthday one year. No one had any idea that Jessica could draw, since her brother Casey is the artist in the family. I thought she enlarged the photograph until I looked closer through teary eyes.
The image here doesn't do the drawing justice as it is amazing the detail involved. This was all done in pencil and the first thing Jessica drew in Ms. Marie's art class during high school.
Alvera Helen (Bippen) Moellering had turned 53 years old two weeks prior to her death, battling breast cancer. I had turned 12 years old three months prior, and in nine months I will be her age when she died.
Although it’s been 40 years, sometimes it feels like yesterday and at other times it feels like many life times ago. It is what it is and I try not to dwell in the past, but I have a lot I would like to share with her, giving me a reason to blog and keeping disciplined at writing on a regular basis.
On the 40th anniversary of your death, my heart aches. I love you and miss you still.