On Saturday morning, 3 March 2018, I had to say goodbye to my ex mother-in-law at 86 years old. She was a very special person in my life and I loved her to bits. Her demise was sudden and a huge shock. Her sons are both overseas so although she was in an Old Age home her care was mostly left to me. She was my mom in every sense of the word and my mom for 37 years. She meant more to me that my own mom ever did. My children were also both, extremely fond of their Nana as she played a huge part in their lives.
Mom's greatest pleasure in life was to go and gamble and she taught my kids poker from a very young age. When my children were still young we would make a point of visiting on the weekend and we would have game nights. The game nights consisted of either card games, such as rummy or Sevens, or poker and we always played for coins. Mom also always won. It was a very special time in our lives and created memories that will forever be treasured.
It's no coincidence that my son is a regional manager in the gambling industry. Every time I went to see her I would take her gambling and she LOVED it.
On Wednesday, 7 March, a memorial service was held in my mom's honour. Since then, every time I turn on my car radio, the song "The Gambler" by Kenny Rodgers comes on. The strange thing is that this particular radio station, NEVER but NEVER plays country songs.
Every time the song comes on, I see mom in my minds eye and see the excitement when she knew I was taking her out. Is this a coincidence? I think not.