I still miss her like crazy and it still doesn't seem real... I wonder when reality will finally hit....
Kim and I spent some time this weekend going through all my mom's closet of paperwork....OH MY GOSH! this woman....kept everything.
Did you know she bought new toothpaste from safeway in november of 97'? yeah neither did I until I saw the receipt in her papers....I wonder what scenario she thought would come up where she would have to prove that she paid for said toothpaste in 97'...who knows.
Among many other unnecessary items she also had hospital bills and invoices from Alexandria Hospital....FROM WHEN MY BROTHER JARED WAS BORN....IN 1974!! crazy right? Kim and I had quite a time sifting through mounds of papers and photos trying to figure out if we needed to save any of it. We found some gems in the photo department that gave us quite a laugh, but most of the stuff just got tossed into the "burn pile".
We did find some manila envelopes with each of our names on it, which definitely peaked our interest. I opened mine and and was transported back to june of 94' when my mother and I had what is now known as the "graduation day disaster of 94"....one of our only fights...but it was a doozy. After the fight, and the subsequent canceling of my senior trip to Hawaii to check out my future school, I had written my mother a letter explaining why I was upset that day and my feelings on the situation....she then responded in a letter of her own. As I opened my folder I saw not only the letter I had written her, but a photocopy of her response...I couldn't believe it. I looked through my sibling's folders hoping to find something juicy as well that she had held on to, it's not like I'm the only one who had had encounters with my mom in the past so surely there would be other things she had saved as well.....but no....all I found in their folders were old w-2's from the 90's...useless. I'm not quite sure why she was holding on to my letters, I am trying to convince myself that she had filed it back in 94' and had just forgotten about it, but who knows....I guess it just added a little something extra to our trip down memory lane.