Sparks with Nellie

18 years today, my Mother passed away. It was not unexpected. She had been battling cancer for almost a year. I had kissed her goodbye as I left town on a Sunday afternoon to head back to Edmonton. I worked for a software company and every second week, they let me work in the Calgary office so I could be with my Mom. As it was our anniversary, I was hoping I could get home in time to have a nice late supper with my hubby.

When I arrived back in Edmonton, and wearily walked up the steps  –there were 2 cat carriers, my husband had a suitcase, our dog Bob and our 2 cats, Nellie and Licorice packed and ready to go. My cell phone battery had died and I did not know that Mom had rapidly failed. We did the normal 3 hour drive in less than 2 and I got there in time to say goodbye.

This spark is for you Mom. You thought life was a great adventure and passed that along to me. And I am still adventuring!


I know Nellie is sitting on your lap, she LOVED your lap, and I love you both and there is not a day I don’t think about you.

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36 thoughts on “Sparks with Nellie

  1. Dear Barb……what a precious post in honor of your Mom. I’m sure she watches over you – perhaps with Nellie on her lap – and is so proud of you and all your accomplishments and considerable talents. Our Moms have a most special spot in our hearts forever.

    Love and Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)

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  2. Aww, what a sweet post. It’s nice to think about Nellie and your mom spending long blissful afternoons together, napping and purring. I figure, if the kitties aren’t there, it ain’t really heaven 😉

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  3. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. It made me cry because I went through something similar with my mom. Thank you.

    I linked this post to Awww Mondays under Nellie’s Spark.

    Big healing hugs on this day of remembrance. Scritches to Marv. ♥

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  4. This is a beautiful Spark in memory of your mother, and a lovely way to think of her with Nellie sitting on her lap. Hugs to you.

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  5. Oh my goodness, a spark indeed! I am so glad you were able to say goodbye and yes, I have no doubt that Nellie and your lovely mom are enjoying many adventures and lots of cuddling across the bridge. XOXO

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  6. My mum passed while I was there too. Her carer brought Ginger her kitty in, she had made Mum’s life so happy these past years. Mam waited until Ginger came before she decided to go. I miss her sometimes, I think, “Oh Mam would like that, or Ohh I wish I could tell her….”

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to your special mom, miss Barb. We’re sure sweet Nellie is with her and one day you’ll be all reunited again ❤ Soft Pawkisses for the occassion ❤ ❤ ❤


  8. What a heartfelt post and wonderful Spark. We can imagine how much comfort you get by thinking of Nellie sitting in your mom’s lap. So happy you were able to get back to your mom’s side before she passed. Sending hugs, Janet


  9. We bet your Mama has all kinds furbabies giving her love. And Nellie no doubt spends a lot of time in her lap xx

    We hope you are enjoying all the sun we have been having lately!

    the critters in the cottage xo


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