Mom’s Last Sonic Drink

Today was hard.

The whole week was hard.

It seems like one long day.

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We have so many good memories of mom, and being forced to sort through them quickly and unexpectedly has not been pleasant.

Except it has, because mom was hilarious, and our happy memories are good.

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There are some things that will always remind us of mom.

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And there are so many things we are so grateful we got to experience with her, like how she loved being with Kirk and his family, and how she got to see me fall in love with Nathan and delight in the news that he chose me for keeps.

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We are glad she is free from sorrow, and happy that she is reunited with her parents, and we know it is good she was taken quickly without pain.

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But we miss her very much.

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Our minds understand the whole “she is in a better place”, and our hearts are happy for her peace and joy, but our skin misses her hands, and our arms miss her hugs, and our eyes miss her smiles.

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We needed to say goodbye, privately, to thank her and love her and honor her final moments.

We thought sonic could say it best.

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And mom always said that only the person you love most gets the cherry at the bottom.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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