We Were Water Skiing
17 February 2006
On June 11, 1980 I was watering skiing with my mama and our husbands. She was in the water and had just taken a bad fall but was not about to stop for the day. She wanted to learn how to ski on one ski so she stayed in the water and got herself ready.
It only took a few seconds for the rope to float out of her reach and she asked us to bring the rope back around to her. When we turned the boat around and was facing her, her face was in the water. I yelled for her a couple of times, but she did not lift her head out of the water. I jumped from the boat and swam to her, I pulled her face out of the water but it was too late. She was gone.
We had no idea what had happened. You see, she suffered from cronic renal failure and we thought she had passed out from complications of that. I shoved her into the boat, and raced to shore. My step dad gave her CPR for 2 hours. That's how long it took to get an ambulance to where we were. Once they got her to the hsopital and ran some tests, they told us it was an aneurysm.
She lived on machines for the next 2 days. She never woke up again. On Friday, June 13, 1980 at 4:30pm my mama passed away. I was sitting with my graduation class waiting for my name to be called.
It has been 26 years this year that I have been without her. She was only 38 years old. Way too young to die. I feel her life had just begun. I am glad to know if caught in time that a person with an aneurysm has a chance with surgery. My mama did not have that chance. Thank God for technology.
I miss my mama so much. I loved the poem from Sharon LaSalle - thats just how I feel.
Thanks for listening, it feels good to talk to those who know part of what I have gone through. Love to all.
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