‘Where does Nana live?’ You’ll think of her when a stranger walks by and you have to do a double take because for a minute, you could have sworn it was her.’

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“When your Mom dies you’ll think of her…

You’ll think of her when the days are long and the nights are longer.

You’ll think of her when you are in your car and that song comes on the radio. The one that has the lyrics that seem to have been written just about her.

You’ll think of her when you hold your babies for the first time and every single time after because holding them reminds you that they are here because she brought you into this world.

You’ll think of her when the tears won’t stop flowing and no one else in the whole world knows how to stop them except for her.

You’ll think of her when the chairs are empty, when her laughter isn’t filling the silence and when her voice is the only one you want to hear.

You’ll think of her on all the ordinary days, those are the ones you’ll think of her the most on because those are the ones you’ll miss her the most on.

You’ll think of her every time the phone rings, hoping that just this one time the lines were crossed with Heaven and somehow, someway, she was able to get through.

You’ll think of her when your babies smile and when they laugh and when they ask you ‘Where does Nana live?’

You’ll think of her when a stranger walks by and you have to do a double take because for a minute you could have sworn it was her.

You’ll think of her and realize it’s been so long since you’ve seen her here.

You’ll think of her when the wind blows through your hair just the right way and suddenly it’s as if you feel her right there with you.

You’ll think of her so much that people will tell you it’s best to move on but you won’t listen, you’ll think of her anyways.

When your Mom dies you’ll think of her all the time.

You’ll think about her laugh and her smile and the way she wore her hair.

You’ll think about the sound of her voice and the way her hugs felt.

You’ll think about the ways she cared about every little detail of your day.

When your Mom dies you’ll think of her and that will never stop until one day you realize that thinking of her no longer hurts.

You’ll think of her with tears on your face and joy in your heart because you know without a doubt that’s she’s up there in Heaven thinking about you too.”

Courtesy Nikki Pennington

This story was written by Nikki Pennington of Grief To Hope with Nikki Pennington. The article originally appeared here. Follow her on Instagram here and Twitter here.  Submit your story here, and subscribe to our best love stories here.

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