Heaven Bound


Year after year

On your special day

Mother’s Day

I brought you flowers

Gave you a hug and kiss

Reminded you how special you were.


Every one of those years

I knew you were grateful

For my gifts and my love

Yet, a sadness remained

In your beautiful blue eyes

It remained throughout the years.


I remember that dark day

When we were told that

Your only son, my only brother

Was killed in war

On Mother’s Day

Body never recovered.


But, this Mother’s Day

I will rejoice for you, and

Will no longer be sad Mom.

You are now in heaven

Celebrating and eternity

With your only son.


Mom, Happy Mother’s Day

Your tears have been wiped away

The greatest gift of all.

And, Mom know this…

One day, I too will be

Heaven Bound to you.


Deborah Ann Tornillo

Author, 36 Days Apart

Copyright, 2011

Deborah Tornillo

Deborah Tornillo was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas by her loving and nurturing parents. She attended the University of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she studied Art. After marrying, raising two daughters and enjoying life with her family, Deborah joined a higher calling by committing to be the primary caregiver for her parents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in February 2006. In her new collection of memoirs, 36 Days Apart: A memoir of a daughter, her parents and the Beast named – Alzheimer’s: A story of Life, Love and Death, Deborah chronicles the time spent taking care of her mother and father. 36 Days Apart recounts this painful, enlightening journey, and Tornillo writes candidly about the struggles and fears she faced as her parents’ caregiver. As their disease progressed, Tornillo was faced with the difficult task of learning how to be a parent to her own parents. Through the year and a half of caring for them she extensively researched Alzheimer’s in order to provide the best care possible, all the while knowing that the disease would eventually win in the end. 36 Days Apart gives an honest, unflinching look at the realities of caring for and losing loved ones to Alzheimer’s. Tornillo gives the reader an inside look into the day-to-day life she faced during her heartbreaking, difficult time.

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