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Friday, May 9, 2008

Mother's Day...

I decided to get my Mom something this year for Mothers Day that she really wanted...books. She loves to read; but she also has trouble sleeping. In her 83 short years she has had her share of tragedy. She lost her husband at the age of 39; with 3 kids, she had never had a job, couldn't even drive a car... she was the last of the true southern belles. I know my Dad thought he took "care" of her by doing everything for her. Little did he know, he should have done more to prepare her to do it on her own. She survived that loss at such an early age, learned to drive within weeks, got a job that she had for over 33 years, and put all three of us through college. She is the Mom of all Moms. I doubt that she knows I feel that way. She recently bore the loss of my brother, to suicide. I thought she would never make it through that. But here she is; never to recover, but able dig down and find the strength to find reasons each day to live. She struggles with sleep though...she resorts to reading to carry her through the nights and save her from her own thoughts. So for Mothers Day this year, instead of the usual clothes or jewelry; I decided to get her lots of books. I hope she enjoys them and I hope she finds peaceful dreams. Happy Mothers day to all you Moms out there. And also to you single dads, some of whom are every bit the greatest parent possible.

4 comments:

Coll said...

What a lovely gift for your mom who loves to read. She sounds like an amazing lady.

kats said...

Sounds wonderful. I gave my mom some iTunes cards, so she can learn to download her own music. I thought it was such a silly gift and she liked it so much!

citizen of the world said...

Both a great gift and a loevly tribute to your Mom. Losing a child is horrific in any circumstances, but so much complicated sorrow in a loss to sucide. It would be hard to bear.

Jennifer said...

Books are my favorite gifts, to both give and receive. A lucky mom, yours!