"Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe~
With the death of my sister-in-law's mother, I have been thinking a lot about my mother. I have been thinking about how blessed I am to have her in my life and what a wonderful mother she is. I thought this would be a good time to tell you a little about my mom.
My mom was the youngest of two children. She was born on September 25, 1949. Her childhood was very normal. The only dramatic event in her childhood was her parents divorce in 1960. She met my dad in high school and they were married on September 16, 1967. My mom was only 17 when she got married, but they were afraid my dad would have to go to Vietnam, so they got married. My dad was lucky and was stationed in North Dakota. My mom miscarried her first baby in 1969. She then gave birth to my oldest brother in 1970, me in 1972, and my younger brother in 1978. She always wanted a little girl, but she never did get one until her first grandchild was born in 2006.
My mom was a stay at home mom for most of my childhood. There was a short time when my dad was laid off from his job that my mom worked outside the home. For the most part she was there for us. My mom was a strict mom, but she loved all of us and wanted us to be the best people we could be. My mom raised all three of her boys to know how to take care of themselves. She taught us to cook, do laundry, iron, and clean. She wanted us to be independent and not to have to depend on someone else to take care of us.
She wanted all of us to go to college and helped us all achieve that goal. My older brother is a junior high school social studies teachers, you know what I do, and my younger brother is a lawyer.
My mom always taught us that some one's beauty was inside. She always says, "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone." She taught us to not to judge people by how they look or what they have or don't have. She always told us to look for the inner beauty in people. She taught us to care for people, to be thoughtful, and to always show appreciation to people.
My mom is one of the most thoughtful people I know. When she buys a gift for someone she doesn't go out and buy something. Everything she does for people has thought behind it. She makes all of us a "special gift" at Christmas. She has done this for years and everything she made has a special meaning to its recipient. She is also very talented. She draws, she quilts, and she sews. She has made me things over the years that are unbelievable. I keep telling her she could sell the things she makes, but she hasn't done it. I guess I will have to open a craft store to encourage her to sell some of her creations. In a later post, I will post pictures of all the items that my mother has made me. You will be impressed.
Most of all my mother loves me and accepts me. We love doing the same things and love spending time together. As I have gotten older, and have my own life, it has become harder for us to do things together. When we do, we always have a wonderful time. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mother, and I could never thank her enough for all that she has done for me.
Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all your wonderful comments and e-mails concerning the death of my sister-in-law's mother. You prayers and concern are very much appreciated. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful evening, and that you are spending it with the people you love the most!