A Life Defining Moment

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Walking through Nordstrom’s with me, she was smiling as she was in remission from her second cancer in less than five years; lung cancer.

We were celebrating and shopping together. That is what we did every Saturday until she was really sick with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. You would have never known my Mother had cancer outside of the home. Nordstrom’s was packed that day, and there was a big sale.

Life Defining Moment

Int. Space Station crew member Tracy Caldwell Dyson, 2010.

I flew in from California to spend time with her, as the family did not think she was going to make it and I was very worried about her and her health.

We did not purchase anything, just loved walking through the store. Even if we did not have a lot of money, Mom always made us look like we were millionaires and we were the only ones that could purchase a jacket retailed at $300 for $20 any given day; we were bargain shoppers.

My Mother saw something I did not on this particular day. We were leaving the store, and she quickly said, “That is what I want for you!” I said, “What are you talking about, Mom?” This is when my life-defining moment occurred. “I want that for you, Meg. I want someone to be able to take you into any store and say buy anything you want in the store. I want you to have options to work or not work as well. That is what I want for you, Meg.”

I turned to the right and saw an elderly couple and the gentleman was holding his wife’s clothes and smiling. He was in total awe of her; it showed in his face; the eyes see through a person’s soul. I was irritated. I told my Mom, “Mom that simply does not exist any longer.” It exists, yet is unfound at this time. It was simple. She did not want me to struggle as a single parent as she did in her life; she only wanted the very best for me.

I wait for that man, the man with the awe-inspired eyes, yet never wallet of cash.

A Life Defining Moment was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Meg Collins

4 Responses to "A Life Defining Moment"

  1. Andrew Sacks  Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 21:40

    Meg, thank you for this perceptive and penetrating article, replete with genuine love and compassion, Family truly is the most important thing.

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  2. Paula Shene  Monday, August 15, 2011 at 7:56

    My first thought was and is “How is your mom?” This expedition must have been physically challenging for her.

    Moms always want more for their children or at the very least, the same, but never less than what they have. It is good that she has you.

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  3. andrea  Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 21:31

    I enjoyed this story a lot.

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  4. Eva Blaskovic  Friday, November 25, 2016 at 14:34

    Lovely article. I have seen this as well: “He was in total awe of her; it showed in his face” — often sought, yet so rare. It is what I wish for my kids.

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