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Happy Mothers Day to My Mother!

 What a wonderful time to celebrate and pay tribute to our precious mothers! Mine has been gone for several years (about 30) and it is difficult to remember so many things about her. If I were to describe her, first thing would be how sweet she was. Her life was difficult because of health issues when she was young, so most of her life she was as the old saying goes "puny". There was just 3 of us kids. I was the oldest, sis was two years younger and brother was 9 years younger. Our childhood was (except for the polio, sis and I had at ages 3 and 5) pretty normal. We lived in the country and rode a school bus about 10 miles to our little school. All in all, just normal. No big problems. Our dad worked hard on different jobs and Mom took care of many things around the farm. Milking cows was just one on the chores. I remember one time she had gone after them in the pasture and came in all breathless, because a panther had chased her back to the barn. I don't remember her ever being afraid of anything. She really was a remarkable woman and her family meant everything to her. When we needed discipline, there was no yelling and screaming. None of the things that so many have gone through. To say we were blessed would be an understatement. She was an expert seamstress and made all our clothes. She had a great aunt that lived in Hoboken, New Jersey that was a movie star in silent pictures who would send huge crates of clothes to us about once a year. Dad would have to go to Harrison, the largest town around and pick it up. You would not believe what all she would send! In one shipment was a fur coat that she cut up and made things for us. I still have some of the treasures! It was hard for us living in a small rural area to comprehend (small gold purses,  hats, shoes and some of the prettiest dresses),  how could one person wear all those clothes. Oh, and her backyard backed up to none other than Frank Sinatra! Anyway, she loved our mother! . She wasn't the only one that loved her though. She was blessed with many friends, I honestly don't think there was anyone that didn't like her. When you came to our house, she was the perfect hostess. She loved to cook and you didn't leave hungry. She kept our house clean, and our clothes were always ironed and ready for us. I remember one time she had made us each a new dress. It was Sunday morning and we were getting ready for church. Some how or another I spilled shoe polish on my dress, I tried to wash it out and then tried to dry it. Well, anyway I got it to close to the stove and burned a hole in it. I was probably 8 years old, but I remember just being sick at my stomach. When she got back and saw what I had done, she just shook her head. But, I did wear that same dress to church, hole and all lol. So many memories and so long ago. I wish my girls had gotten to know their grandmother, but one day they will see her in heaven. I am looking forward to that day to! To say how much "I miss her"  I can't even describe in words. I have often wondered why she had to leave us, but God knows all things so I just leave it at that.  But, I do remember all the times that I wanted to go to her and ask for advice or just sit and talk with her.If your mother is still with you, you are blessed. If she has gone on to Glory, then you, like me, will see her again. What a reunion that will be. This life on earth is not the end of the story, we have hope and our destination is Heaven to spend eternity with our Savior, Jesus Christ. (the following is on her tombstone)

Remember dear children,  as you pass by
As you are now, once was I
As I am now, so you must be
Prepare for death, and follow me!

Happy Blessed Mothers day, Mama


micey said...

wow! just wow! thanks for sharing this. Happy Mother's Day!

Charlotte said...

I agree with micey. Wow. What a wonderful reunion it will be when we see our beloved mothers and other loved ones. Thank you for sharing your precious mother with us.
Happy Mother's Day.

Pamela said...

Sweet and precious memories. I enjoyed the peek into your childhood.

Have a blessed Sabbath,

Vintagesouthernlife said...

This was such a beautiful tribute to your mother. Thanks for sharing.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Your mom sounds very sweet,how wonderful that she didn't even get upset with the whole in the dress. I'm looking forward to seeing loved ones in Heaven.
God Bless,

sarah said...

beautiful memories.....have a very happy mother's day.

Sherry said...

Great post Shirley. Sounds like you had a wonderful Mom as I did too. I remember how patient my Mom was with all us kids. My Mom would be 81 tomorrow if she had lived. I too am looking forward to seeing her again in heaven.