A Conversation with Mom

I dialed her number because I knew she would listen.

“Hello, Sunshine!” she exclaimed with the same loving tone I’d known for so long.

“Hi mom,” I said back, and let out a long sigh.

I didn’t have to say much because she knows when I sigh like that, something is troubling me.

Our conversation wasn’t long, and she listened with a compassionate and astute ear like always. No interruption, she let me say what I needed to say.

When I finished, she said to me – in her matter of fact way – “what are you going to do?”

I was used to this question; she’d been saying it to me for years. I wanted to scream, “I don’t know! That’s why I called you.”

But I didn’t.

Instead, I smiled, beaming now, and said, “I’m going to be myself. My vulnerable, funny, creative, smart, and kind self. And I’m going to write one hell of a story.”

“That’s my, sunshine,” she said back to me with pride and love in her voice.

Or, at least I imagine that is the conversation we would have had recently if my mom were still alive.

Her lessons and words live on guiding me every day in business and life.

Never forget your roots, and always stay true to yourself.

Laura Mikolaitis
Laura Mikolaitishttps://bellasolwrites.blogspot.com/
Laura is an intuitive dot connector who loves to weave tapestries of possibility by seeing beyond the symmetry. A life long learner and achiever, Laura isn't one to sit idle and jumps at any chance to learn something new, especially if it poses a challenge. She holds a Master of Science degree in Communications and Information Management from Bay Path University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from SUNY Oswego. Laura is known for her keen ability to deep dive, assess, and present solutions that work. She also believes that showing vulnerability doesn't mean that you are weak, lack confidence, or cannot get the job done. For Laura, it helps her understand on a deeper level and make meaningful connections, which enables her to establish lasting relationships and partnerships. Laura spent many years of her career in manufacturing and consumer packaged goods before leaping to textiles. She's tackled roles such as Brand Manager, Product Development Manager, Project Manager, and Director of Global Business Development and Sales Operations. Currently, Laura is on what she fondly refers to as a career interruption of opportunity, as she seeks out the next chapter of her life. Laura hails from Northern NY, but a tiny hill town in Massachusetts captured her heart years ago. She credits her writing, which laid dormant for years, to her late mom, who always believed in her. Inspired by millions of moments, Laura writes unabashedly from the heart. Whether it is poetry, fiction, or a personal essay, her love for the written word feeds her mind, body, and spirit. With a dash of hope and a sprinkle of faith, she is the little engine that could.


  1. Laura, as someone who misses my mother and her encouragement, I send you a virtual hug. When I thought about eventually losing my mother, I did not know how I would survive. I was blessed having helped her leave this world, and I can still smell her scent, feel her skin and hair, and hear her voice. Without being presumptuous, I imagine you might share a similar experience. Your lovely writing continues to give us an inside look at the remarkable bond you shared. Thank you for this.💖

    • Darlene, thank you so much. Virtual hug gratefully accepted – and one sent back to you! As for the similar experience, absolutely. I often smell her perfume, especially during times when I’m uncertain or having a hard time. She was my rock for sure, and I miss her every day. I never imagined the last time I said goodbye to her would be the last time. But in my grief, I found this love for writing and so she is my inspiration every time I sit down to pen a thought. Thanks for being here, Darlene. I appreciate you.



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