Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy 100th, Mom

I think I've always enjoyed all things historical, even before the first time I heard the word history. I'm not sure when that was, but I probably wasn't even in school yet. My parents liked visiting historic sites and we started with Sunday afternoon car trips in Connecticut. So it's no wonder that I like to write about historic commemorations, whether it's the 350th anniversary of New York last month or the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse in my last post.

But this commemoration is intensely personal. My mother's 100th birthday would have been last week on October 11th. My mother will have been gone twenty five years next February, but October 11 is still very special to me. There are things my mother made me do -- go to Hebrew School, wear my braces and get flu shots every year -- and things she encouraged me to do -- say prayers ever night, read for fun and try things even when I was scared to do them. I am grateful for all of these things and a thousand more. Thanks, Mom, and happy birthday. You were the best!

Buttercup and Mom, winter of 1951

I've got some other great pictures of my mother and I hope to start scanning them in as soon as I get my new printer up and going. It arrived yesterday and I unpacked it, but today was too busy to spend the time I needed to get it set up. I've found that doing anything setting up the computer doesn't take twice as long as I thought it would, but three or four times as long. Slowly I seem to be getting where I need to be with my new equipment and I hope to have everything done that I need to do by the end of October. 

I had a terrific time at the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse and I will post the photos next week. I leave for Providence tomorrow morning, but I hope to do a few posts with my phone over the weekend. I'm so hoping for some great New England foliage. The leaves here are starting to fall of the trees, but there's not much bright color to be seen. Rhode Island, please don't let me down. 

Busy day today. I had my two-week followup with my coach at the gym, had my hair cut and my nails done and a dozen other little errands. Now I've got to get packing. I leave for the train at 7:30 and my retiree schedule isn't used to early rising. 

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care.

14 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

ENJOY the fall foliage. Hope you have a great trip. This was a wonderful tribute to your mom. She sounded like a special lady, for sure.

Nellie said...

Don't you wonder how you ever got anything done while you were working? A retiree's schedule fills up rather quickly!:)

Mevely317 said...

How these 'silent anniversaries of the heart' resonate! (My own mom was but 6 months behind.)

I'm looking forward to seeing more images of your sweet mother, Carol.
In the meanwhile, GO(!), have too much FUN(!) ... and please stay real safe!

Hugs,
Myra

Terra said...

You had a supportive mom, I can tell by this post and the cute photo. My mom was a great mom also. I look forward to your fall foliage photos in future.

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely photo of you and your mother. It sounds as if she was a wonderful lady. Have fun on your trip and enjoy the weekend!

Leslie said...

Such a wonderful tribute to your mom!!! I love that photo! My mom was born in 1951 ~ : ) She also was a good mom. She passed away over 10 years ago at 52 ~ I often wonder what my life would be like with her still in it. I still miss her every day! : )
Enjoy your trip!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Special dates like ones mother's birthday are never forgotten and you did such a nice tribute to her. I'm like you and my retirement schedule rarely has early morning departures. I get up early but thankfully don't have to leave the house early most days anymore. I used to be at work already at 7:30 in the morning, but with your trip being the reason I'm sure you won't have any trouble doing so. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

BJ PUP said...

Nice memories.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Our moms never leave us; they are in our hearts forever. I have a daughter who has my mom's eyes and is looking more and more like her as the years pass. It gives me great joy to see that.

Theresa said...

Our Mamas are always in our hearts! Mine loved her birthday and I celebrate it for her every year! No matter how long they are gone, we still miss them terribly! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

My friends are always teasing me about my vivid memories of growing up--I have a feeling they think I'm making them up! However, I'm always grateful I have such good memories--commonplace though they be. My mom also would have turned 100 this year--1914 must have been a very good year! Blessings on you, Carol, and on your memories. Based on your photo and its date, my sister--also a Carol--would have been about the same age. She died at age 36 and is also a vivid part of my wonderful memories.

Susie said...

Carol, That is a great picture of your mother and you. Love your hat. :) I remember those hats. It's good all the things your mother taught you or encouraged you to try. I was just thinking my mom would have been 91 this year. Wow, she herself would have said that is old. LOL. I miss my mom's sense of humor. Blessings to you , xoxo,Susie

Ida said...

I love that you still remember you mom's birthday even though she's been gone 25 years. Sounds like you had a great bond with each other.

Catherine said...

Dear Carol, A beautiful tribute to your mom.
I lost my parents many years ago and I know how it feels to remember with love.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo