My Mother’s Death: An Irrational Joy

Love: Pass it on.

Mitch Teemley


My mother died on Thanksgiving Day and I have never felt more joy in my life. Am I mad or merely cold-hearted?


I was raised believing in Me and Mom and Dad. And that was pretty much it. God wasn’t in the picture. Or rather, he was but I didn’t know it.

My parents were children of the Depression, and as a result grew up devoted to Security. Money was good because it bought Things. Things were good because they bought Security. And Security was good because it bought Happiness.

And for a long time that seemed to do it for them. I grew up watching Dad make money, which he was brilliant at, and Mom make crafts, which she was brilliant at. She loved beautifying her surroundings.*

But after my father diedat age 45 and my mother disintegrated into grief, I lost whatever was left of…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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6 Responses to My Mother’s Death: An Irrational Joy

  1. atimetoshare says:


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  2. DeniseBalog says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart again this year. I was not “blogging” in 2014 and would have missed reading about your Mom. Your experience is a real life example of “the Peace that passes all understanding” spoken about in Philippians 4:7 to those who cannot grasp this Peace. Jesus came to give us all His Peace and I join with you in celebration for you and your Momma will rejoice with Thanksgiving on another day in His Presence! Beautiful picture of His love. Thank you:)

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  3. Morocco says:

    Beautiful tribute, gorgeous mom! I can relate. My mother also has gone over yonder. Isn’t it amazing how God works?! Be blessed my friend.

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