A New Year’s Gift

Dear Readers,

As many of you know, this past fall was filled with challenge and loss. Losing a parent is a path we all must walk. On Mom’s final day, we moved to a private room where music played frequently. Sometimes my phone played Thais, Barber, or Chopin. Other times, I would pull out my strumstick and sing songs.

A few days before, my brother shared a memory, one of Mom’s favorite songs. In the early 60s, as Dad was in Colorado earning his PhD, the family frequently had to commute via car. Mom loved listening to music during the long trips. Henry Mancini’s soundtrack to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was a favorite, especially Moon River.

I spent an evening learning the song, so I could surprise Mom. I think she liked it. In the weeks that followed, the song haunted me. However, time can heal, the days are easier, and I enjoy the beautiful music again. So friends, as this year draws to a close, think of your loved ones, enjoy them, be patient, listen, and show them you care.

Here is my New Year’s Gift to you.

Peace, Friends.



  1. Beautiful as always Maggie! Thank you for sharing and have a happy new year! I’m sure we’ll see you on the 1st. 🙂

  2. You did a wonderful job with this. I’m sure your Mom loved it, too. I want that cd of your stuff someday. I want to say, “I know her. She’s my friend.” ❤

  3. I just buried my only sister, my only sibling yesterday, and now I’m my only family member left. What a harsh feeling that is. My daddy died when I was 12, my mom died 26 years, and now my only sibling. I thank my Lord that I have a wonderful husband and 7 loving, caring children. With loss comes gain of grandchildren and great grandchildren, which is a wonderful ” lift ” for all.

    1. Oh Sharon, I’m so sorry for your loss. Lean on that wonderful family of yours during this difficult time.

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