After spending some time conversing with the social worker, she found out that her Mum had passed away due to a heart attack. Though it was sudden, she had passed on peacefully and wore a sweet smile till her very last moments. Cadence did the best that she could to secure a quiet resting place for her Mum at Sunset Valley.
Cadence was not close to her Mum and her Mum had chosen to ignore her most of the time when she was a kid. She did not even told Cadence where she was; when Cadence once went back to their old house to find her, the neighbours said that she had shifted out long ago. However, being the kindhearted lady that she always was, Cadence was still sad and mourning over that fact that she was not there during her Mum's last moments. "Mum, why did you not contact me at all?" Cadence cried in front of the grave.
Cadence had always bore a grudge against her Mum as she felt that she suffered injustice during her childhood. She had a very different childhood from her peers and envied her friends for having happy families. Her childhood was also one of the driving forces of her taking part in the 100 baby challenge. She had a simple wish of having a happy family, raising adjusted and well-balanced kids. "Mum, I did it. Thank you for bringing me into the world even though you did not want to..." Cadence looked at the grave and said.
"Here you go, dear. My condolences. Your Mum spoke fondly of you when she once mentioned that you were doing the 100 baby challenge. We found this box amongst her belongings, it has your name written on it." Grace, the social worker from the nursing home passed Cadence a creaky old wooden box with her name engraved on it. Feeling blue and down, Cadence took the box to the beach and opened it there. In it, there was a folded letter written by her Mum and all the newspaper and magazines clippings that featured Cadence and her 100 baby challenge.
"With Love, Your Mum, Ms Jewel Faith."
Now that Cadence is a mother herself, she had learnt priceless lessons on love, giving, forgiveness, kindness, hope and peace. She had long forgiven her Mum but was still very tightlipped about her painful childhood. She has never mentioned about her childhood to anyone, even her kids. It was a piece of memory that she would keep in her heart. However, now that her Mum has passed on and asked for forgiveness. She hoped to have a closure on this matter by chosing to share it.