Saturday, May 08, 2010
Mother's Day 2010
Happy Mother's Day to the most beautiful woman in my world, my Mom.
My Mom, 86 years old
Mom, 16 years old
Me and Mom 2002
Mom at Gindy's (office cleaner) 1954
Mom and "her boys" 1952
Me and my favorite lady at my favorite place, the garden
Me and Mom, her #1 Son 1941 (first born)
Mom and a friend 1998
Mom with her fake fur coat on Washington Avenue, Downingtown, PA
Mom with her sister-in-law Mabel and co-worker at Pepperridge Farm 1997
Mom with her older brothers George and Randall and her favorite doll (her brothers later tore the head off her doll) - 1927
Mom resting at brother John's in South Carolina 2009
Mom with youngest son John at his home in South Carolina (where she now lives)
Mom with #1 Son again
Mom visits #1 son at his palatial estate in Downingtown, PA
Mom and Pop at their 50th anniversary dinner at the Eagle Tavern in Eagle, PA.
She never got over the amount of the bill. We tease her about it to this day. "You spent that kind of money for that slop?"
Mom in her cheesecake pose on Pop's Packard (he put her up to it.)
Mom and two of her three favorite sons - Ron and John 1959
Mom with youngest son John's family 1970
Mom enjoying a little reading at John's 2009
Mom getting some air in John's back yard 2009
Mom loved to sit in the late afternoon at Pop's garden in the chair that he made - 1998
Brother John taking good care of Mom 2009
A lot of people say they have the best Mom in the world. Well, I can say unequivocally that my brothers and I do have the best Mom in the world. We have been so blessed. Our Mom, who lost her mom when she wasn't quite two years old, has devoted her whole life to "her boys", as she always calls us.
Ever since our Father died in August of 2000, life hasn't been easy for Mom. She and Pop were married for sixty years. They were each one half of a whole. After Pop died she seemed lost without an anchor. My brothers and I tried to fill the void but we could never quite match Pop.
In her later years as her health deteriorated, she came to depend on us more. Up until October of 2009 my younger brother Isaac lived with and cared for her. In October, my brothers and I decided that the Pennsylvania winters were just too harsh for her so we moved her down to my other younger brother's home in South Carolina. She wasn't 100% for this move but she understood this was what was best for her.
She had some difficulty in adjusting to her new home in South Carolina. We expected this because she had lived in her home in Downingtown, Pennsylvania since 1958. It is hard for a Mom to be uprooted from surroundings that have given her so much comfort and security over the years.
However, I am glad to say she has now adjusted to her new life at my brother's home in South Carolina. My brother, his wife Barbara and his daughter Nancy are taking good care of "Mom-Mom." I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for my Mother.
This June Bill and I plan to take a road trip to visit Mom in South Carolina. I'm looking forward to being with my Mother once again.
Happy Mother's Day Mom.