Mom your presence is truly missed, I wish I could say that your absence gets easier as the painful years continue, but they do not. Mom I smile as I think of you, and I want you to know that I smile often, for my thoughts of you bring me joy. As I lay under the covers in this empty house at noon I take stroll down memory lane, but I am not alone, for you are with me at all times. Mom I did not know how much I needed you until you left me behind. Mom I love you, I miss you, and my heart aches daily for you.