This is a story of a woman missing the guidance, friendship and closeness of her mother. The mother lived a full life that was cut short by her bout with illness and it is not until years later that the daughter realizes that the best things that were about to happen to her are yet to come and her mother is no longer available to share these events with her and the pain of the loss is still evident. She tells tales of their relationship and how impactful it has been to shape her viewpoints and thought process. The story shows the daughters strength and resolve in a situation that she has no control over.
J Elliott-Howard is a native of New York, New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She has had a successful career in corporate America. A divorced mother of two adult children and a grandmother of three. Enjoys photography and water color painting. She had been known to always see her glass as half-full instead of empty. She had a very interesting way of relating to people and her peers always seem to gravitate to her idealism. She has always been told that she ought to be an author based on her delivery methods of good, bad or indifferent news. She always manages to keep herself and those around centered in thought and action. In addition to writing she runs a blog called Janice's Take On It at www.janiceelliotthoward.com. Her newest project is a podcast called "Thoughts in the Car" that can be found at soundcloud.com/jyhoward or in the iTunes store.
We approach adulthood thinking that we know it all. This is common amongst young adults. Yet, we do not think of all the questions that need to be answered by our parents because we believe that we have a lifetime to reach milestones. Many of us are lucky enough to have the leisure to do so. While tons of us are not. Everything seems so unfair and unfinished when we happen to run out of time. All we can do is search the recesses of our mind. Asking ourselves questions. What would my mother have done when she got to this stage? What can I remember about her at this stage in her life? Why didn't I ask questions about the future when I had the chance? We tend to wrestle with the endless questions that we cannot answer.
How I Wish I Had My Mother - A Daughter's Story
My mother was the best friend that I ever had. Sure, I have a childhood friend that means the world to me but it is different for a multitude of reasons. There is so much unfinished business that my mother left behind. I am not talking about household or financial business. I am referring to the business of teaching me how to handle certain aspects of life that I am just approaching now.