The holidays are a great time to be with family, but they also remind us of those who are no longer with us.

First Thanksgiving without Mom

Joshua Walters

I called up my first love

We usually reach out once a year

For a traditional birthday call

This year she had lost her mom

I called to console her

This Thanksgiving was going to be the first without her mom there

She told me it had been a really hard year for her

I wanted to say something comforting

But I was at a loss for words.

“Sorry for your loss,” or “My condolences” can sound like a

pre-programed message

On the phone there were moments of trying to make pauses pass

I finally started to list her family; sister, husband, children

And in the end said that her mom lives on…

In her children and grandchildren

I think it is a good thing to remember

We may lose our loved ones,

But they live on,

In us.