Monday, March 31, 2014

The Talk

When is the right time to have "the talk"? No, not the talk your parents had with you about the birds and the bees. (I could only imagine how difficult that talk is for many parents). But the talk I'm referring to is the one you have with your parents... about letting go and dying, the final talk.

Is it too early? Is it too late? Once you say it, you can't undo it, there's no erase button. It's all about timing, will Mama understand? Will she break out into song like she always does to change a subject she doesn't want to deal with?

Mama and I had "the talk" many times over her last few years and I was never quite sure if she fully got it. I'd always get different answers, usually funny - sometimes downright depressing. 

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had "the talk" with both of my parents and I know that it made it easier for both of them to let go. All I really know is that the last time I had the talk with Mama, she must've finally gotten it and was ready. We were there with Mama and kept playing some of her favorite songs over and over. Music has always been important to us and has gotten us through a lot. We're glad that she left us while listening to the lyrics... "forget your troubles come on Get Happy..." Mama always knew how to make an exit!

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