My parents, and yours truly, 1961. ;-D
Those were happy days for this new family.
Dad had been in the US for 10 years, and had a job he loved, as a Groundskeeper at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA.
Little did anyone know the tragedy that was to come 8 years later.
Taken just a few years before her death, in 1990, at 60 years of age, this image shows the humor, and spirit, of a courageous, and energetic, woman, who had spent the 70's and 80's, raising 3 children on her own, as a stay at home Mother, after her husband suffered a mental breakdown.
She gave me my love of books, and the movies, my curiosity, my love of the outdoors, and my sense of humor.
Most important she gave me my sense of the importance of Family, and sticking together through the tough times of life.
Somehow, all that she gave me sustained me through the difficult years after her death, and helped me have the strength, and courage, to finally take steps to change my life between 1998 and 2002, that played important roles in who I am today.
Thank You Mom!
I love you, and I miss you.
There is a wonderful writing exercise that I recommend to budding writers, and especially to anyone researching their family history.
It is one that can be used to write about just the Mothers in your lineage as well. ;-D
Mothers are wonderful influences on our lives, but as I've written about, earlier, our female ancestors can also present some complications, God love'em! ;-D
Neo-Neocon celebrates her Mother, and her Grandmother with some wonderful photos.
Over at Protein Wisdom, Dan Collins shares an hilarious yet, oh, so true image, and a YouTube Video of Al Jolson singing "Mammy" later in his career.
Check out: Happy Mother's Day!
A Tip of the Hat to Instapundit!