Special Mom's Day

This is a special Mother's Day for me.
This year, May 9th, would have been my Mother's 88th Birthday. She passed away the week after 911. Of course we all miss her dearly, but, my dad, my 5 siblings and I, and all the rest of our clan, have fond memories of our growing up. It still amazes me that she could cook up a meal for 8 people, and do all the laundry and cleaning that goes along with a family that size! She made the BEST Karo fudge ever, even when we ate it with a spoon! LoL! Most of the time she kept a sense of humor about it all. In later years, at our big Holiday get-togethers, it was always chaotic and loud with all the kids, grandkids,and great grandkids...about 40 of us now, give or take a few. It would be a bit intimidating for the *newbies* in the family! :)

I am realizing that our Moms are never gone, but they live within our hearts forever.
Thank you Mom!
Happy Birthday!

Hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day!

My Mother Kept A Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it's start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem...
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me

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