Monday, October 23, 2017

Remembrances of My Mom - Positive Sparks Mondays



My mother passed away this past July after a long health decline. I still recall the joy of sharing remembrances during her memorial service and thought a few of them might strike positive sparks (thanks to Annie of McGuffy’s Reader for starting this feel good wave). Marilyn set good examples more than lecturing, and spread a lot of fun while doing it.

My dear niece Ashley shared such a memory. A decade earlier she and her sister were awaiting their paternal grandmother to pick them up from school one day. My mom showed up right on time – driving a Corvette. Tearful laughter ensued as my niece wondered aloud how many grandmother’s were cool enough to pick up their grandkids in a Stingray fit for the race track (and Mom raced a few times in her day, too!).

Randy, a dear family friend, recalled his first meeting of my mother as she rolled dice over a solo game of Yahtzee. When a handheld digital game became available, he immediately bought her one. She, in turn, saw me enjoying the device on a visit and gifted me my own that following Christmas. I still have it.

Mom loved her animals, too. Even after losing dear miniature schnauzer Rocky and thinking their dog rearing days were over after that heartbreak, she acquiesced without complaint when my father decided to get a puppy. What a handful, and a true Daddy’s girl that dog turned out to be. Still, unable to walk on her own for the last year or so, Mom spoke of her joy at hearing little toenails tapping the wood floor as Misty came to wake her each morning. On that note, I’m thankful Dad has that little schnoodle keeping him company.

Have a joyful Monday!

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16 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful memories of a beautiful lady who knew how to live life well. Thank you for sharing them with us. Hugs to you.

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you are having a wonderful Monday.

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  2. Oh, Darla...this is so special. Thank you for sharing these special sparks. Love you, my friend. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you! ~hugs~ Best wishes and love to you and yours, my dear.

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  3. From what I have read, your mother was an amazing woman. And you are too. XO

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. I lost my mother when I was 18 and still remember her fondly. Don't forget that those that are close to us will live on with us for as long as we allow them to be free in our minds.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I'm so sorry you lost your mother at such a young age. I can't imagine how tough that must have been.

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  5. Such positive thoughts to remember and to share with others. Okay....gotta ask, did your mom own the corvette? hahaha...I love it. Sounds like she was a total mess! I never took up racing...although I thought about it. My nephew started out racing go carts and then late model cars at a track about 30 mins away. They had a series called, "Taxicab driving"....no caution, no stops, just get out there and bang them up. I wanted to do that but I have a bad back and asthma so I decided against doing it. My brother was going to be my sponsor! I think I would have liked your mom.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. My mother would have liked you, too. And yes, she did own the 'Vette. Dad started collecting the cars, refurbishing several from rusty scrap, and bought a newer one special for her to drive. Taxicab driving sounds like our demolition derbies. I thought it looked fun as a child but didn't want to end up with a bad back. ~shudders~ I already had the asthma, too. Hope you're feeling well!

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  6. You mom sounds like she was one amazing woman. I love the fact that she made the school run in a corvette. :-)

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  7. What a wonderful post. Your mom sounds like a beautiful person. Heaven is lucky to have her.

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