Mother’s Day is a very special day! I won’t be spending the actual day with my Mom, but that’s OK – we celebrated early this year. I usually plan a trip up to my home town during May for a couple of reasons: 1) Mother’s Day! No other explanation needed. 2) Memorial Day – I really enjoy helping her put together and set out the urns at the cemetary for our various family members who have left us. I also enjoy helping her start the potted flowers on her patio. But, this year, she was just here and we took a little trip together that took up a large portion of April. So, I won’t be going up now until sometime during the summer – maybe in July to celebrate her birthday!
So – since I won’t be there with her this Mother’s Day, here is my gift to her – a tribute to what she means to me now and forever! I wrote another Mother’s Day Tribute in 2008 that pretty much tells our story – click here to read it. This won’t be a repeat of that – so if you really wanna know more – use the link and go read for yourself!
Mom was all we had and always made sure that was enough — meaning, we never felt like we were missing out on anything because there wasn’t a father figure there! She worked hard, sacrificed, and struggled, but still always had fun and made sure we had a great childhood! If I had to summarize my memories with her, it could be covered in one word – FUN! We always had fun and there was a LOT of laughing – gut aching, can’t breathe type of laughing! And we always made do…..it doesn’t matter how much or how little you have of something – make the most of what you do have and live life to the fullest, regardless of everything!
Valuable things she taught me:
My Mom in pictures:
My Mom with her Mom
Mom with me (age 2) on the day she brought my new brother home – 1958
Mom helping me get ready for my wedding – 1985
One of our several road trips to Atlantic City – Mom is the one with the white wig standing on the right – I am scrunched down in front of her and that’s my brother with the gun to his head! The other lady is a friend of Mom’s that traveled with us and her daughter is scrunched down between my brother and me.
The prettiest Mom – EVER!
Mom – how happy she was with Charlie (my Poppie)
Mom at work at GE
Grandma, Mom, and me – another Mother’s Day – 1989
Me, Mom, and Kevin – summer of 1966
Mom and me dancing at a GE party – 1974
Mom – having fun – as usual!
Mom ALWAYS has a tube of lipstick in her pocket, but this was the only time I saw her use one in a sword fight! hahaha
She didn’t need a clown to make her laugh, but this one sure did!
Dancing…..she’s why I have such a love for music and dancing!
Mom and me in Las Vegas – June 2006
Mom and me with a wax Elvis in Vegas – June 2006
Mom and me on a cruise – April 2010
Mom, Kevin, and me – April 2009
That’s my Mom — I love her more than life itself! I want her HERE with me so we can be together every day more than anything I have ever wanted in my life – I hope some day she will give in and come live with me! Until then, we will take every opportunity to continue making wonderful memories and share great experiences together – like we have all of our lives! I can’t wait to find out what adventure will come our way next!
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom — I love you!