dear mom

There are signs of her everywhere and it warms my heart
When I miss her she reminds me that she is never that far away
Her offering of feathers brings her close to me

Dear Mom,
There are so many words I want to say, so many stories I want to share.  The world keeps spinning on and it doesn't feel right that you aren't here.  I can't believe it has been a little over a year since you began your next journey.  My world is not the same without you in it.  

As I have been training for the NYC Marathon you have been in my thoughts and keeping me company along the way.  Thank you for all of the feathers you have sent down just when I needed them most.  I know how much you loved the marathon and I am running this one for you.  

I remember the pride you had in your eyes when you would tell people your daughter was training.  I think you told more people than I did.  You then stood on the streets that cold November day and cheered me on wildly.  It was those cheers that helped push me to the finish line.  

I know I won't see your face there this time around, but you will be in my heart. With each step memories flood back. Moments I have long forgotten.  They bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye.  You taught me to never give up and so even when it get's hard I am going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and cross that finish line for you.  

I love you and I miss you.