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My Mother
Vanity | January 12,2011 | FryingPan101

Posted on 01/12/2012 6:58:10 AM PST by FryingPan101

When I would think of her over the years, I would think of a blue bird. I never knew why. It's just what I felt. She had an aura. Maybe because her eyes were blue and she could sing like no other. She loved music. It took nothing to make her sing. She expected all her children to sing. We did. Even if she didn't know the words, she would make them up and dance in place. She was the reason I came to write songs. When I was nine years old, I was chosen to sing a solo at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville, Georgia. I sang as clear as a bell. Jesus, Thou Art Coming. I couldn't believe it I could sing like that. She turned from her place in the pew and looked at me over my Dad's shoulder. I could only see her eyes. They smiled.

She could whistle. She could whistle whole tunes and they were beautiful. She was beautiful. Eyes of blue, dark hair, a warm smile. She was an artist in her own right. Always sketching faces and scenes. Yet, none of that was her strong suit. Her strong suit was her faith in God. She faced hardships all her life that would have broken an average spirit. She wasn't average. She lit candles for everyone. She fought every day to overcome worry, sadness, fear, and disappointments that came our way as a military family. She stood strong when her young husband went off to WWII as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. Then again he would fight in the Korean Conflict. He wore six stars on his paratrooper wings. He made every campain jump in WWII and Korea. She nearly burst with pride when she spoke of him or introduced him. She faced tragedy with all the strength she could summon when her five year old son was the victim of a drunken driver. She and my Dad cried for a lifetime.

She was a poor man's chef. She could turn eggs and potatoes into the greatest of feasts. She created her own style of spaghetti and meatballs that is still a family favorite today. A rump roast with mashed potatoes and red cabbage was the "welcome home" meal when we all lived far away. When I was a little girl living without the pleasures others took for granted, she would roll up a slice of bologna and call it a rolley-polley. She would make a pitcher of koolaid. She would hang an army blanket over the clothesline to create a tent for me. Boy, were kids jealous of me. And she would sing. I would one day roll up slices of bologna and call them rolley polleys. I would make tents for my children. Cherry Koolaid. Through the years I would move couches together to create a giant playpen for my grandchildren. And I would sing.

She made a home for all of us no matter where we were called to live. She was a decorator, seamstress, cook, dishwasher, housekeeper, policewoman, doctor, teacher, storyteller, and disciplinarian to her children. When we were ill, she was the nurse. She had the softest, coolest hand on earth as it touched our foreheads. My children and grandchildren still bend their heads forward for me to check their temperature...because of her. She was a lady at all times and humbly proud of the beauty God bestowed on her.

It wasn't a perfect life by any means. It was a life filled with challenges that sometimes saw results that were painful. Some days were filled with anguish, confusion, and even anger. But she was always there fighting the fight for her family.

She will always be loved and never forgotten. Yesterday, in the loving care of my sister, she finally ended this life's journey to join my Dad and brothers in heaven. In a dream last night I saw her run to them. She was smiling and she sang.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: goodbyes; mother; tribute

1 posted on 01/12/2012 6:58:16 AM PST by FryingPan101
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To: FryingPan101

That is a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother. I’m sorry for your loss.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 7:02:55 AM PST by colorcountry (Comforting lies are not your friends. Painful truths are not your enemies.)
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To: FryingPan101

Prayers for you and your family.

This choked me up as my mother is so similar to yours.

God bless you.


3 posted on 01/12/2012 7:05:39 AM PST by bonfire
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To: FryingPan101

You were blessed my FRiend.

May God continue to bless and keep you, as your mom sings to you from above.

Tears. Bittersweet, but with faith.
Tatt


4 posted on 01/12/2012 7:06:38 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: FryingPan101

With salty tears falling down my cheeks, I offer you my sincerest sympathy.
Loosing your Mother is one of the toughest crosses we bear in life.
May God always keep her in his tender loving hands.
God Bless.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 7:11:51 AM PST by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal In Sarah.)
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To: FryingPan101

Thank you for sharing this touching eulogy this morning.

My God continue to bless you and your family as He has with wonderful memories of your lovely mother.

I am sorry for your loss.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 7:15:19 AM PST by capecodder
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To: FryingPan101

What a beautiful tribute! May God comfort you in your mourning.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 7:16:32 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: FryingPan101

Lives like your mother’s inspire us to forge ahead - fight the good fight, finish the course, keep the faith and never give up.

It would be easy to despair when major setbacks appear - Thank you for the example of heroic inspiration and courage to be found during the course of an “ordinary” life.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 7:19:24 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: FryingPan101

So many parallels here. I feel your pain and I feel your joy. May God bless you and welcome your Mother into his arms.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 7:23:13 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: FryingPan101

May God give you peace in knowing you will see her again. Losing my mom was the hardest thing I every experienced, but I know she is enjoying heaven and praying for her family, now she is praying face to face with God. God be with you and yours.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 7:31:45 AM PST by Linda Frances
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To: FryingPan101
Sorry for your loss but you honor her very well. I've visited nursing homes and assisted living centers plenty and when speaking with introspective elderly residents who talk about their lengthy lives, I've heard "I still miss my Mother" more than a few times. This from women and men in often in their 8th and 9th decade and some with markedly diminished mental status and, to me, that enduring memory--when so many others have fled-- is always profound.

May you keep yours and she RIP.

11 posted on 01/12/2012 7:36:18 AM PST by Dysart (#Changeitback)
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To: FryingPan101

What a lovely tribute. My condolences on the loss of your precious mother. May the Lord give you divine comfort and peace.

Knowing that she is in His arms, and happier than she has ever been before, is such a blessing. Praise God that it’s not goodbye to her, but only a temporary separation!


12 posted on 01/12/2012 7:40:12 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: FryingPan101

You’ve been blessed. Now so have we. Thank you.

My condolences.


13 posted on 01/12/2012 7:47:49 AM PST by Lucas McCain (The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.)
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To: FryingPan101

What a wonderful tribute!
Your loss is the gain of all of heaven. Though you grieve, smile for her. She is radiantly happy and you will see her again!

sneaks


14 posted on 01/12/2012 7:53:27 AM PST by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: FryingPan101

My condolences.


15 posted on 01/12/2012 7:54:26 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: FryingPan101

Thank you for this post. Makes me think of my mom who is thankfully still with us. I’ll be going home to visit in March but will call her today.


16 posted on 01/12/2012 7:58:30 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: FryingPan101

You were most fortunate to have such a mother. And many who have wonderful moms take it for granted, so your mother was fortunate as well that you cherished her so.


17 posted on 01/12/2012 8:01:07 AM PST by texas_mrs (Heartless Conservative & Native Texan)
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To: FryingPan101

Very sweet, thanks for sharing. Sorry about your loss.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 8:06:24 AM PST by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: FryingPan101

May God’s Peace That Passes All Understanding surround you and your family in this time.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 8:23:54 AM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: FryingPan101

Condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.


20 posted on 01/12/2012 8:34:49 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: FryingPan101

Thank you for sharing this. I am sorry for your loss, happy for your joy. In many ways, your tribute reminds me of my own mother, gone for some years now. God Bless.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 8:47:25 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: FryingPan101

What a beautiful eulogy for your Mother. I pray that you read that at her funeral. You are blessed to have had such a mother. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories of her.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 8:51:53 AM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: FryingPan101

What a beautiful tribute.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 8:54:13 AM PST by SuzyQue (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: FryingPan101

A beautiful tribute, to a beautiful life. May God bless you.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 8:56:46 AM PST by sissyjane (I'm For NEWT!)
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To: FryingPan101
Beautiful tribute. Your last sentences remind me of my Mom's passing just about 3 years ago.

As her breathing stopped, my very first thoughts were, "You're whole again, and you're with Dad again."

25 posted on 01/12/2012 9:03:29 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: FryingPan101

Lovely, beautiful tribute.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 9:09:40 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: FryingPan101

I am so sorry for you loss, FryingPan. Your Mom was very special, beautiful and obviously loved her husband and children. She is not gone from you. She is simply in a wonderful place and will see you again. Prayers for you, my friend. As silly as some may think, I believe she is singing with the angels. ((( Hugs )))


27 posted on 01/12/2012 9:18:13 AM PST by momtothree
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To: FryingPan101

Prayers to you & your family. Thanks for sharing this loving tribute with your FRiends.


28 posted on 01/12/2012 10:13:54 AM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: FryingPan101

What a great tribute. I have to go find a hanky.


29 posted on 01/12/2012 10:30:14 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: FryingPan101

God bless you. I am so sorry.


30 posted on 01/12/2012 12:29:23 PM PST by arbee4bush (My Dad, My Hero. Love You Dad!!)
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To: FryingPan101

May God bless you and your family. You have a lot of beautiful memories about your mother, treasure them and remember them often.
One day you will be running to your Mom, Dad, and other loved ones!


31 posted on 01/12/2012 6:38:57 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: FryingPan101

That is a beautiful and loving tribute any mother would dream of getting. Condolences on your very great loss.


32 posted on 01/12/2012 7:25:27 PM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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