While continuing in this writing course, I was directed to write about a scene of an older woman making a gift. Perhaps it would have the last gift she would make for someone she loves. We were then to write it from different points of view. However, that scene got me to thinking about the last gift my mom made for me. Therefore, I felt compelled to write about that last gift which I cherish still today:
The Last Gift
I sat here thinking of the last gift my mother gave to me.
It was a monthly calendar with photos of our family.
With great love and joy she delivered the same package
To all her children and to the grandkids.
I sat to look at this last gift that my mother made for me
And turned the pages to gaze at love and familiarity.
Several pictures were of my nephews who once were boys but now men;
They each follow a different path in life. May God in his love forever bless them.
One nephew is pictured as a confident and skillful hunter
Who works hard at all he does, helping others, and being a farmer.
And there’s a smiling photo of my niece featured in the month of her birthday;
My how, she is growing up so fast and becoming a talented and beautiful lady.
My smiling youngest sister is pictured on the February page
Who is very social and witty with the look of laughter on her face.
My other sister is featured in December holding her infant, bright-eyed daughter.
What joy that young girl has brought to our lives with her gentle smile and laughter.
Then there is my brother pictured in May; a modest person who works hard to do
With his gentle smile and his ways what is right and remain ever true.
My sister and brother-in-laws are pictured in different places.
Each one is unique and gifted with different talents and gentle grace.
Featured in September is a picture of me,
Smiling and happy to be seated near my niece.
But my favorite photo is the one of my mother and father
The last one taken of them by my nephew who had joined in their laughter.
That calendar today remains turned to the picture of my mom and dad on my wall
Where they quietly keep watch as I remember the love they shared to us all.