Always With Me

Me and My Mom

Me and My Mom

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  My mom took her final breath on March 4, 2006.  She lived a happy life for the most part, but it wasn’t an easy life.  She had a few regrets.  She told me once that she never crossed the ocean, and it was always her dream to travel.  She told me to travel as much as I could so she could live vicariously through my stories.

Within a year of my mom’s passing, I took my very first solo adventure to Machu Picchu.  I never looked back.

Whenever I plan an upcoming trip, I always think of my mother and wonder if she’s with me when I travel.  I “talk” to her about this – usually on a long walk when my head is clear.

A few years ago, while I was imagining my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia, I was on a walk, and “talking” to my mother about what I hoped to see.  I was telling her that I was especially excited about visiting Vietnam.  At that moment, no word of a lie, I looked down and I found this looking back up at me.


I couldn’t believe my eyes!  It was just laying there on the asphalt of a Tim Horton’s parking lot.  I’m not the most observant person, so the fact that I spotted it at all was astounding.  But to see this at the very moment I was thinking of my mom, made my heart skip a beat.

I’m not even sure what it is.  It has no hole, so it was never a charm.  The shape is irregular, so I doubt it was ever an insert or part of a jewellery piece.  But I stared down at this little token and decided it would accompany me on every journey going forward.  I decided that this was my mom’s way of being with me when I travel.

But it gets even better…..I turned the token over….


Thinking of you mom, on Mother’s Day and every day.  I believe you are always with me.

Your daughter,

Collette xo

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