It’s hard to believe that Mama has been gone from us for a year. This was the most difficult year ever for the Torres Familia. As I look at these pictures, I sense the strength, unity and love that we have for each other…THIS is what my mother wanted most for us, she always said that we should clear up any issues or problems with loved ones, that life is too short, that we always needed to be together. The support we give each other makes the pain much more bearable.
In no particular order, here are some of the things I think about as we celebrate Mama’s First anniversary in Heaven:
Tuesday Nights: By far, the most difficult night for me during this past year. Mama left us on a Tuesday night and it was the hardest thing to see her taken from our house and watching the car drive to the back of the Ranch and on the way out forever. Her Rosary Mass was on a Tuesday night as well…soooo many people showed up thank God or I might have had a really difficult time. I’ve always had a very hard time attending Rosary and Funeral Masses. I know that it is necessary to pay one’s respects as well as getting a chance to say goodbye and have closure, that doesn’t make it easier for me though. All of the those emotions seem to find their way to me on Tuesday nights.
Driven No More: I have lived my life completely driven and moved very fast and worked hard all of the time, 24/7. I also spent time very afraid and didn’t want to imagine my life without my parents. Once I lost Mama and once I saw that I survived, very sad, but survived, everything that I was about before changed. Gone was the need to be so driven, gone was the need to move at breakneck speed, gone was the need to run, always run. I finally lost the fear and the need to please everyone all of the time. In my business, that instinct is very important to success so I know that I’ve lost out on some opportunities because I was no longer willing to play the game. It is no longer the end of the world for me.
Lost In a Good Way: I’ve been very distracted, disconnected, lost . I’m not really worried about it though. It’s time to do things another way, to live in peace, to change-up my priorities. Family and Peace are the two things that I think about the most now. I want to keep up my mother’s traditions, make good on my promise to keep the family together, and I love it that peace is coming back into my life more and more – I’m done with putting drama front and center, I am over that. Being at peace is helping this girl finally find her way and reason for being.
As long as Mama is happy, I’m happy: I was the one who had the hardest time accepting that Mama no longer wanted to do her dialysis treatments, she was tired of all of the needles, the lack of energy, the pain, all of it. I thought that, as the days went on, that she would change her mind once things got difficult for her without dialysis. The thing is, things didn’t get more difficult for her, they got more peaceful, she didn’t seem to be in physical pain – in some ways, she was stronger physically WITHOUT food or water. Mama wasn’t emaciated or anything so I knew that God was taking care of her and eventually, I accepted everything. When I get sad, I think of how ready she was to get to her eternal home and this comforts me.
Embrace the Signs: Instead of being afraid of the signs: lights randomly turning on, Mama’s birds singing so loud, seeing Mama in dreams, or random “Margaret” songs that come on the radio; I am grateful to maintain the connection to my mother and welcome any message or sign from her. She’s very much alive in my heart and soul, I love being around her house and things. I feel her energy helping to move me forward.
My life changed forever on November 11, 2014 when Mama left this earth. Slowly but surely, things are starting to feel right again. We Torres’ are still strong and we are still together … everything else will, eventually, fall into place.