^Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom! (February 8th)^
XVIII.) R.I.P. - Alice E. Jacobs (02/08/1942 - 9/22/2015): The most wonderful mother in the world
This post was originally published on February 8th, 2017 - more than 16 months after Alice was laid to rest for good. To keep Alice's memory alive and to support others in their time of grieving (however long that may be) this post is being re-published on Alice's birthday for the general audience to read, and for my readers to visit again. For others that I come across who happen to share with me their sense of loss towards a loved one who has recently died; I do often volunteer to share this post with them as I believe this will support them in their own individual healing-process, as writing this has made a world of difference for me and my healing process.
My mother Alice, was one of the most authentic people I ever met. I say this before I even say she was sweet, kind and had a huge heart. I find authenticity one of these qualities that we as people naturally want to express, yet often suppress out of fear of what people will think of us. In that sense Alice was fearless! She was fierce in standing up for what she believed in, and when she wanted to get something done, she didn’t let anyone or anything in her way! This was Alice, and she was fine with it, even if some people didn’t like her for it. Sometimes I would hear people say “Wow, I really like Alice!” as if they were unique for being so accepting of a strong personality like hers. What people failed to realize, and what I didn’t appreciate for much of my life – is that Alice was as real as they come.