Thought Catalog: 14 Lessons From Mom…

Posted May 21, 2014 by jimhigley


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“I’m sorry I can’t take care of you anymore.”

Those were the last words my mom said to me.

I was 14 years old and she had suddenly taken ill. Nighttime. An ambulance came. Hospital. Intensive care. The details don’t really matter anymore. It was 39 years ago. My four older brothers and I kept vigil with our dad. She was mostly in a coma but would occasionally wake for a few seconds.

And on one of those occasions, I was the lucky one standing next to her bed. Holding her hand. When she opened her eyes.

“I’m sorry I can’t take care of you anymore.”

Then she closed her eyes and slipped back to sleep. And within a few days, she died. (READ THE REST OF THE STORY…)

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