REFLECTIONS ON MOTHER’S DAY

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Blog, Journal | 8 comments

A holiday fraught with so many different emotions for people, many which I addressed in a Mother’s Day blog post four years ago. 

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This year as I reflect on Mother’s Day, I give thanks for my mother-in-law and my mother. When I think of these ladies,  the word spunk plays through my mind. 

I grieve because one Mom will leave this life within days of this Mother’s Day, the other Mom left this life within days of Mother’s Day thirty-eight years ago.

My husband and I wait for news of the imminent death of his ninety-nine-year-old mom. She is quickly fading. She didn’t live a remarkable life as the world views success. But this lady faced life with grace and grit. Like so many others, her husband served his country in Europe during WWII, leaving her at home with a baby son. Fortunately, she had a large and close family in their small mid-western town. When the war ended, her husband returned and they had a second son. But when their boys were thirteen and seven her husband died from cancer. A woman of strong faith, she soldiered on, got a job, and raised two godly sons. Life wasn’t always easy, but she had spunk and lived many years serving her family and her church.

My mother was not able to continue her education beyond the eighth grade because her father was a naval officer and the family was stationed in Asia. She didn’t let the lack of formal education keep her from continuing to educate herself. She was an avid reader who loved to learn. Raised in the 1930’s, she was not allowed to get a job because her parents thought it unseemly. She married in her mid-twenties to a naval officer and served as a wife, mother, and in the many different roles that were part of being a senior officer’s wife. Again, not a remarkable life by the world’s standards, but a wonderful role model in so many ways. She was a wonderful cook, played the organ, keep the books, sewed, and made hats to perfection. She faced the many moves with grace, grit, and a positive attitude. I am forever grateful for her spunk facing all of life’s challenges, even cancer that took her life thirty-eight years ago.

So there is a feeling of loss this Mother’s Day, but I am also inspired by these two remarkable women.

I hope this Mother’s Day, you can reflect on women who inspire you and give thanks.

8 Comments

  1. I miss her all the time. She would be thrilled to know both one of daughters and one of her granddaughters love all things Asian as she did. She was my best friend as well as my Mother.

    • Thanks for commenting, Carol. She was smart, funny, wise, and selfless. I appreciate her more and more with each passing year.

  2. Thank you for sharing about those special Mother’s. My Mother went to Heaven in 2013, one week before her 92nd birthday. I miss her very much. She was a very kind and loving woman.

    • We are never ready to lose our Moms. No matter how old we are, it leaves us feeling a bit orphaned.

  3. I lost my mom almost 20 years ago and she is still greatly missed! She was a lovely
    and devout woman and a wonderful example of a mother. Your mom and mother-in-law
    sound like wonderful ladies who showed much steadfastness in their faith.

  4. I lost my mom 10 years ago! I still smile when I think of you, Mother and me shopping at Tyson’s Corner when you were the only one walking

    • I remember her, too. She was such a grand lady … and a hoot.
      Happy Mother’s Day, sweet friend.

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