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For many of us, the holidays are a time of warmth and celebrating with our loved ones. But, for others, the merry time of year is just another reminder of the loved ones who have gone to the heavens far too soon.

The latter seems to be true for country newcomer Jackie Lee.

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As previously reported, the “Getting Over You” singer’s mother, Ladonna Midkiff, sadly passed away on June 4, 2016, after a brave battle with cancer. Inevitably, Jackie is still coping with his loss.

In an Instagram post on Christmas Eve, the rising star told fans that he went to visit his mama’s grave, after avoiding the burial site for many months. He also shared just how much he misses his mother’s warm presence.

I don’t ever come here. It’s only a few miles from my home in east tn but I don’t ever come. Mainly bc I know I have no reason to be here. My moms not here and neither are my memories with her, but for some reason on a Sunday Christmas Eve I just wanted to come and just sit for a little bit. I miss my momma so much. Sometimes I just wanna take off running or punch something to burn the energy. Today tho was peaceful and if I’ve learned anything from the past 15 months of my life it’s perspective. I’ve learned more from my momma this year than any other year of my life. My mom has a way about her that makes you feel like you belong. Even when you don’t feel worthy of belonging. I still have my dreams, I still have my hopes and I know Im gonna travel the world for the rest of my life singing but my goals in life have changed. My goal is if you’re ever around me to make you feel like you belong bc if I can make you feel that way then you get to meet Ladonna Midkiff. The greatest woman to ever live. Merry Christmas 🙂

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“I don’t ever come here. It’s only a few miles from my home in east [Tennessee] but I don’t ever come. Mainly because I know I have no reason to be here,” Jackie Lee wrote alongside a photo, which shows him sitting on a bench and facing his mother’s tombstone. “My mom’s not here and neither are my memories with her, but for some reason on a Sunday Christmas Eve I just wanted to come and just sit for a little bit.

“I miss my momma so much,” he continued. “Sometimes I just wanna take off running or punch something to burn the energy.”

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Even though Jackie Lee is still visibly working through the pain of Ladonna’s untimely passing, he explained how her death has given him new perspective on life.

“I’ve learned more from my momma this year than any other year of my life,” he noted. “My mom has a way about her that makes you feel like you belong even when you don’t feel worthy of belonging. I still have my dreams, I still have my hopes and I know I’m gonna travel the world for the rest of my life singing. But my goals in life have changed. My goal is if you’re ever around me to make you feel like you belong because if I can make you feel that way then you get to meet Ladonna Midkiff. The greatest woman to ever live. Merry Christmas.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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