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BlogTalkers: M is for the many things she gave me...


This week's question/request...

How did your mother spend her day? Did she have a job or do volunteer work outside the home? How did her outside commitments affect your family? How did they affect you?

Eee! That one part, How did her outside commitments affect your family? How did they affect you? sounds like another loaded question... leading to a Freudian moment of some sort... Perhaps I'm misreading it, but I bounced it off Sue and others and they concur it sounds dicey... so...


Well, it's Mother's Day... and although I think every child can (and usually does) complain about one's parents, I don't think I'll partake in that... Sure, my mother wasn't perfect... by some standards, she was awful... by others, she was a saint... for me, she was my mom... and I love her... so instead of going "after" any part of her life on this day, let me give a grocery list of what I'm aware she did while I lived at home and a brief talk about the positives...

My mother volunteered at my school playing piano and for pretty much every field trip.

My mother became a student and went to school to learn accounting.

My mother became the family's business accountant.

My mother helped run two businesses the family bought into.

That's pretty much the things I was aware of... I'm certain there were many more... she was a friend, a mother to two other children (all of us were horrid,) and a wife. She kept house (working like a Trojan) and generally was a very good friend and confidant to many.

She ensured I went to piano lessons... even when it meant driving in rush-hour traffic to get to them... she nursed many wounds... put up with a "freaky" son... and generally had a VERY tough life.

I once said on this blog that we are all survivors in one way or another, and one person's troubles and issues are worse to themselves than the next persons with very rare and horrible exceptions, that said, if I was to do a laundry list of how her children behaved between the ages of fourteen and (up to) their early twenties, you'd be thinking the woman deserves a medal... and I would concur with you and then some.

She still helps us all... and with a sense of humour, intelligence, and genuine zest for living that is an inspiration in many ways.

In fact, I often brag that she's done more in her "retirement" than I've done in my working life in some ways... volunteering to play the piano at local (to her) pensioner homes, churches, and whatnot... and at one point, an avid practiser of Tai Chi.

Even today, Mother's Day, I'm going to have to time my call to ensure she's home... she's that busy.

Now, some MIGHT complain Well! You're saying your mother would miss a Mother's Day call from her only son!?! and I would reply To volunteer her time to those who are more infirmed than her? To help a church choir? To genuinely be a VERY good neighbour in her community? Yes... and I'm very proud and glad of that fact!

There's no doubt in my mind that my mother loves me... nor is there any doubt (I hope) that she knows I love her... and yeah, I have my moments, like everyone, where I can point out flaws... but at last check, my mom was human... She had her own life... She had commitments to friends, other children, husband, house, business, and even volunteering...

...but in my heart, I know that those "pinpoint times" when things seemed like I was taking a back-seat to others, they weren't... and if I needed her, she'd be there... and realistically, that's more than I can ask from anybody or anything. Truth to tell, the ONLY person who comes this close in my eyes to the genuine love, compassion, and help is Sue.

So, do I "regret" or have anything negative to say about my mother's other commitments? Hell no. Life is what life is... when she was there, it was great... and those scant few times she wasn't, I survived and thrived...

...and why did I thrive? Most likely because of what I learned from her.

So, Happy Mother's Day... and many more to come I hope!


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Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email ·
She sounds like a fantastic role model and a great mum.
PermalinkPermalink 05/13/07 @ 12:55
Comment from: admin [Member] Email ·
Hey MsDemmie... She's a pretty fantastic woman!
PermalinkPermalink 05/13/07 @ 18:09



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