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I found a 19-word note my mum wrote before she died – put me in the darkest of times


After her mother’s death, a woman found a 19-word note on a 3×3 hot pink Post-it that got her through some of the darkest times of the past 14 years.

Blake Turck shared the heartwarming story of how she discovered her mother’s final message—a simple but profound post-it note with the timeless motto, «Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain .”

Turck found her mother’s note while rummaging through her belongings after she died when Turck was 29 years old.

“She wrote that message all those years ago, probably as a reminder to stay positive and hopeful, and she never intended for anyone to see it. That message became one of the greatest gifts she left me,” Turck said in the Washington Post.

After her mother died, a woman found a 19-word note on a 3×3 hot pink Post-It that got her through some of the darkest times of the past fourteen years.

Blake Turck shared the heartwarming story of how she discovered her mother's final message—a simple but profound post-it note with the timeless motto,

Blake Turck shared the heartwarming story of how she discovered her mother’s final message—a simple but profound post-it note with the timeless slogan, «Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.»

“She wrote that message all those years ago, probably as a reminder to stay positive and hopeful, and she never intended for anyone to see it.  That message became one of the greatest gifts she left me,” said Turck (pictured with his mother Deborah) in the Washington Post.

“She wrote that message all those years ago, probably as a reminder to stay positive and hopeful, and she never intended for anyone to see it. That message became one of the greatest gifts she left me,” said Turck (pictured with his mother Deborah) in the Washington Post.

«She’ll be 14 years old on Mother’s Day, and as the Post-it keeps disappearing, my connection to her deepens.»

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“In smaller moments of anxiety, or when I fear the future, her presence prompts me to be present and pause for gratitude. I hear her voice saying those simple, still clichéd words, telling me it’s going to be okay. And I believe it.”

Turck’s story began in the emergency room when she received a distressing call that her mother had collapsed.

Upon arrival, she received the devastating news of her mother’s metastatic cancer. Three days later, her mother died, leaving Turck to deal with the aftermath.

Amid the mess of her mother’s New York apartment, Turck said she found solace in the remnants of her life.

She found unexpected solace in the treasure chest her mother owned, but it was the little pink Post-it note tucked inside her mother’s 2010 planner that resonated most deeply.

Turck spoke of the depth of her mother’s struggles and triumphs — marked by loss, illness and unwavering positivity.

«My mother had a penchant for long-winded paragraphs in her writing that, while motivational, could also be called toxic positivity today,» she wrote.

From childhood to adulthood, her mother's words of encouragement in times of darkness offered peace (Turck and her mother in Vermont in 1982)

From childhood to adulthood, her mother’s words of encouragement in times of darkness offered peace (Turck and her mother in Vermont in 1982)

In the years following her mother's death, Turck (pictured) found herself facing her own struggles.  The post-it served as a beacon of hope

In the years following her mother’s death, Turck (pictured) found herself facing her own struggles. The post-it served as a beacon of hope

“I acknowledge the irony that the most clichéd phrase of all—the one that usually finds its way onto refrigerator magnets—has become my most beloved of all her clichés. I once took them for granted, but in their absence I cling to each as a lifesaver.”

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“I wasn’t the type to hang up clichés at home, but Post-it was different. It was the last word.’

But from childhood through adulthood, my mother’s words of encouragement offered peace in moments of darkness.

“Over time, his literal placement in my life shifted. When I first found it, I put it in my own paper planner (like mother, like daughter),” Turck wrote. “I carried her words in each new planner—I initiated each one by sticking a Post-it on the back. When I was nervous or sad, I turned to it.”

Finally he moved to the mirror above my dresser in the bedroom where he stayed. The bright color that once stood out has faded – now it’s a mottled mix of pale hues. The sticky pad has lost its ability and now a small, clear piece of tape holds it in the left corner of my mirror.

As Mother's Day approaches, Turck pondered the legacy of her mother's final message of resilience and hope that even in the darkest times, light can be found—and in this case, it came in the form of a simple pink Post-it Note

As Mother’s Day approaches, Turck reflected on the legacy of her mother’s final message of resilience and hope that even in the darkest times, light can be found—and in this case, it came in the form of a simple pink Post-it Note

Turck and her mother on prom night (1998)

Turck and her mother on prom night (1998)

In the years following her mother’s death, Turck found herself struggling with her own struggles.

«Before her untimely death, I had never suffered any major tragedy,» Turck wrote. “Eight years after I discovered the Post-it, I lost my baby five months into my pregnancy. My grief continued through more losses and setbacks over the next five years. During her infertility, the Post-it was a touchstone of my mother’s strength as she faced her own difficult days.’

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But the post-it became a beacon of hope and a tangible connection to her mother’s strength and love.

«A quiet optimism radiates from the 19-word mantra every time. One that got me through some of the darkest times when I needed my mother’s love or support the most,” she wrote.

As Mother’s Day approaches, Turck pondered the legacy of her mother’s final message of resilience and hope that even in the darkest times, light can be found—and in this case, it came in the form of a simple pink Post-it note.



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