My mother is an amazing woman.
At 87 (and 1/2) she is still sharp as a tack. She has always liked to read, do word puzzles, and do crafts. She keeps her hands and her mind busy. She even has a few games she enjoys playing on the computer. All things that keep the neurons firing!
She met my Dad, Bill, and they married in 1945.
Mom was a homemaker during the years she raised our family. My siblings were pretty close in age being born from 1946-1949. I brought up the rear not being born until 1958.
Once I entered elementary school, Mom got a job in my school. So although she worked outside the house, she was there when I left and there when I got home (and right down the hall all day long!)
Our family lost my brother Robin in the Viet Nam in 1969. The worst loss a mother can suffer. Her strong faith carried her through.
Mom is devoted to her family, and even now will put the wants and needs of others before her own.
My siblings and I have given her 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and so far 5 great grandsons! She was a very involved “Nana” for many years, but as she has gotten older that has proved more difficult.
I have such wonderful memories of our family times. I was one of those odd teens that enjoyed spending time with my parents. We camped and traveled during the spring, summer and fall from 1969 until I left for college in 1976. My parents continued with many great trips. I am glad I had those times during my teenage years with both my parents.
In 1986 my Mother lost the love of her life when my father passed, and we became even close. We enjoyed traveling, shopping, and going to shows and concerts together. We don’t have the opportunity to do those things as much any more with a teenager in the house, and Mom just doesn’t get around like she used too! We’ve been able to do over the years what many mother’s and daughter’s, no matter how close, can do, and that is live together. That’s not to say there aren’t times that it is difficult (with my teenager in the house), but as she get’s older, I am glad that I am able to be close to her!
She has outlived both of her siblings, and in preparation for her 70th high school reunion, she is realizing that there are very few of the Class of ’42 left as well!
I will never be able to repay Mom for all that she has done for me throughout my life. The things I am able to do, just don’t seem adequate!
Thanks A-Latte for stopping by!