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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

May 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Some people think they have the best mom in the world.  I’m one of those lucky people, because I do!  She’s what has kept our family together all these years after my father passed away.  I wrote about her life in a post on Mother’s Day 2010.

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Mom working at Dravo’s shipyard.

I wrote about how difficult her life had been when it started out 91 years ago.  And the part she played as a Rosie the Riveter during WWII.  It was women like her who built a battleship a day (or a fighter plane every hour) that helped win the war.  I also wrote about her time as a Foster Grandmother for more than twenty years and how she worked in a children’s hospital taking care of sick kids.  She’s more than a wonderful mother, she’s a person who is always giving.

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Mom with a few of her orchids.

Children love her and so do plants.  People bring her their sick and dying plants and no matter how far gone they are, the flowers and plants always get better in her care.  I once asked her what her secret was and she told me, “I tell them, ‘you better not die on me!  You’re going to get well and they do!'”

I spoke about her mini stroke and how she willed herself into getting better again.  Over and over she told herself she would recover completely and she did!  Her mind is sharp and she’s as active as ever.  I call her almost everyday on the phone and it’s always the same:

“What are you doing, mom?”
“I’m taking clothes upstairs from the dryer.”  Or, “I’m bringing plants downstairs to put out on the porch.”

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91 years young and at the gym!

She’s always on the move.  I call her the Energizer Bunny!  People 20 – 30 years younger aren’t as tech saavy as she is.  She has her Facebook page, she reads her emails, and she sends text messages over her phone.  Sometimes I’ll be on the computer and someone will Skype me.  Yes, it’s usually my mom!

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Mom Skyping in her office.

The other day she told me, “Oh, can you call me later?  My doctor’s office is just about to fax me.”
“Fax!  I didn’t know you knew how to fax.”  I said, somewhat surprised.
“Why not?”  Mom said.  “It’s easy.”

She still watches her soap operas, but now she likes to say she’s multitasking.  What she means is, she turns on the TV and turns on her iPad and plays Candy Crush while she’s watching her soaps. She’s too wonderful for words!

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Mom getting ready to sing a song with the Mariachi band!

Maya Muses:  Yes, she still loves to travel.  As a matter of fact, she’ll be taking off on a trip soon and she doesn’t mind a frozen margarita every now and again.  They don’t call her generation “the Greatest Generation” for nothing!  I call her “the greatest mom!”

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I love you!

Photo Credits:  Bouquet and Personal Photos

Tags: Is Anyone Listening? · Special Moments

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 patrick // May 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    You said it all darling. She’s my dear American mom and it’s true she’s amazing in many many ways.
    Love you Mom. Have a great , wonderful mother’s day.

  • 2 Lynn // May 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Merci cheri. Wish we were there with you today, Mom. We love you!

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