Words often can’t do moments justice, except maybe if you are an Inuit person who has fifty words to describe snow.
Today, I had an incredible moment where my mom showed her heart and the legacy that she has left myself, my boys, her family and her friends. I pray that my words will do this moment justice.
Since my mom died three years ago, there are a few memory making places that I haven’t been back to because of circumstances or choice. The beautiful Cottage Day Spa with the extraordinary human being, Pam, was one of those places I chose not to go. The Cottage Day Spa holds a very special place in my heart as it is a place where my mom felt peace and was truly cared for, in body, mind and spirit. Pam has a gift to share and a beautiful Cottage to share it in.
For my mom’s last birthday, I planned an elaborate surprise birthday party including a limousine scavenger hunt, poster collage, brunch at her favourite restaurant and an afternoon with Pam at The Cottage for a facial.
Jump forward three years and I hadn’t made an appointment to see Pam. Before Christmas of this year, was when I ran into Pam for the first time. I hadn’t seen her in years. I then ran into Pam a second time in the parking lot of our ski hill about a month ago and I knew it was time to go back for a visit.
Today, I stepped into The Cottage Day Spa. The memories of coming with my mom enveloped me. She was always so full of joy coming here. Truly free and truly happy. Today, I was shocked when I sat down and Pam pulled out this note from my file:
My mom’s legacy.
What will you be leaving as a legacy through your thoughts and deeds?
My hope is to leave a legacy of:
✨ My love of ALL people.
✨ Being a river of money, constantly supporting and passing on.
✨ Home being a place of peace and joy.
✨ My desire to be strong and athletic.
✨ My moments of creativity and inspiration through solitary actions of writing, painting and photography.
✨ My gratitude for God’s divine moments in our lives woven through people, greatness, mistakes and living imperfectly perfect.
My mom’s legacy.
My heart interwoven through her constant encouragement and presence in our lives.
Forever and always.