How many times have we said or heard someone say “if only I could hear her voice one more time?”

It’s been eighteen years, 8 months and 19 days since I last heard my Mother’s voice. Easter Sunday April 16, 1995, I would walked out of her hospital room only to walk back in the next day to see her for the last time in that room; Mama had died earlier that morning her voice silent forever… Sure I had my memories of a voice which over time was fading, that is until a few days ago, you see on January 2, 2014, I would hear a recording of Mama’s voice, not as I remembered it except for the laugh that was undeniably her laugh but the voice well the voice sounded more like Aunt Josie one of her sisters. At first it didn’t seem like the voice I had been carrying in my mind and heart for so long but... I would replay that recording five times before I felt comfortable with the voice I was hearing.  As I replayed it memories began flooding me, consuming me, conversations we had had rush to my mind, the sound of my name spoken by my mother would overtake me.  It was bitter sweet! Never again will Mama’s voice fade from my memory because I have- The Recording!

Thank you to my sister-in-law Karen Armstrong for this precious and priceless CD gift of my Mother Mildred DeLavallade Armstrong’s voice recorded July 9, 1989 during an interview at KNBR Radio in San Francisco with Host Gimmy Park Li, Public Affairs Director.

Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

“52 Ancestors: #1,The Recording… Patricia M. Armstrong Watkins” (010514)

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