We lived in a small house with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath; 6 kids, parents and a Grandfather! Talk about crowded, but it was our life and today I know it was instrumental in to making me who I am today!
Time went on, and I became a teenager and as all teenagers do, I knew what was best for me and started to pull away from my Mother as well as every other “adult” in my life. My mother made sure we all had a job by the age of 16. No laying around the house for us on Saturdays. We began to learn work ethics and the meaning of the words, “nothing in life is free”.
When I got married and left home to become my “own person”, I maintained an off and on again close relationship with my Mother. I never strayed from my Mother, just sometimes closer than others.
My young adult life consisted of marriage, having children, divorcing, and then trying to make it on my own. I became busy with my own career, picking up kids from daycare, homework, housework, yard work, cooking, taking my own children to church, dating, and somewhere in the shuffle, my Mother had to settle for an occasional telephone call, occasional visit, and numerous greeting cards. Holidays were always a time for a huge meal, lots of gifts, and to accept love and appreciation for each other. We all loved Holidays!
Mom, you will be sorely missed but I will see you again someday. Give Dad my love!