A Mother’s Day testimonial long overdue…….

I’ve never really done a Mother’s Day tribute during my 5 years of blogging. I think now would be a good time to correct that egregious oversight.

I lost my mother in 2008. She was 87 and though her body was failing her, she continued to be blessed with a sharp mind. She was born in 1921 in Elmira, New York. For the last 13 years of her life she lived close to us so Patty and I could assist her as she progressed to a walker and finally a wheelchair. Otherwise, she lived independently right up until the end.

She was an accomplished award-winning artist. If you’d like to see some of her prized miniature oil paintings, you can read my blog on that fascinating avocation here.

But probably the best way to inform you about her life is through pictures. So let’s do that.

Pensive                  This picture is appropriately captioned: “Pensive Betty Jane.”

Butterfly                                         Well, I’ll “bee”…..ready for Halloween.

Fashion                      Always the fashionable one in the neighborhood. (at far right)

Daddy                Some quality time with Daddy. He died when she was only 14.

Model                   She modeled for a big department store as a young woman.

Hollywood                                                    Official modeling photo.

College                                    Her youngest son graduates from college.

Evening gown                                               Her first photo as “granny.””

4 gen                      A four generation “gals” picture with her first great grandchild.

I often think back about the many times I disagreed with her point of view on life. As I protested why she was making me do one thing or another, she always countered with the most irrefutable reasoning: “because Momma says!”  But, as I’m sure many of you have experienced, as one moves through each stage of life, one realizes how often mothers were dead-on correct about so many of those things.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

Oh, and you were right!!



About Al

Retired from a couple of professions, trying my hand at writing about the events in our lives.
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30 Responses to A Mother’s Day testimonial long overdue…….

  1. Barbara says:

    Beautiful pictures!! She reslly was stunning Al, and you look just the same as you did in your graduation photo!!

  2. What a lovely portrait of your mother and the love you feel and felt for her shines out of the entire post.

  3. pattisj says:

    Love this, Al. She was a beauty!

  4. She was a stunning woman, Al. I can see where you get your height from. 😉

    Seriously, a tender and lovely tribute to your mom. I bet she would be proud.

    You’ve been blogging for 5 years? I just reached my 5th anniversary on WP. Go figure! That makes us seriously old timers in the social media world, you know, right? 😐

    • Al says:

      Thanks, Lorna, glad you enjoyed it.

      I actually blogged for a year before I moved over to WP so actually it’s 6 years now. But I’m a true old-timer, not a young pup like you! Which reminds me, hows your new baby doing?

      • He’s doing great, Al. Thanks for asking. He graduated from puppy elementary school, but has forgotten his lesson about not jumping up on people when greeting them. So it’s back to the books for him! He’s such a delight, though. I didn’t realize how much I had stopped laughing until he came along. I laugh every day because of some silly thing he does. Scrappy was a wonderful dog. All my dogs were special in their own ways. Fozzie, he’s a winner, though. I think they make them smarter, cuter, and sweeter each time you get one. That seems right, huh? 🙂

  5. pegoleg says:

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely woman. It is scary how smart our mothers get as we get older, isn’t it?

    Great job, Al – I’m sure your mom is smiling down at you all the time.

    • Al says:

      Thanks so much, Peg. She also had a great sense of humor so now you know who to blame for me being such a wisea–!

  6. What a beautiful son she raised and her start led you to Patty, a beautiful soul. I love you and this post. ❤

  7. Carolyn says:

    Al , what a wonderful loving tribute to your mother. The proof to how well she helped mold you is to recognize the caring authentic man you are today.

  8. Wonderful post Al and what a beauty she was. My Mom was born in 1916. You are younger than I thought.

  9. Grannymar says:

    All special treasures of family, fashion and social history. Your mom’s paintings are amazing.

  10. Mary says:

    She looks and sounds like a beautiful, wonderful woman.

  11. Lynn says:

    How beautiful your mom was Al. I love that she used “because Momma says”. I often found myself trying to reason with my kids as to why I was making a particular decision on their behalf. As they would argue away, when I ran out of options, I used to say to them, “because I am the mother & I said so. I earned this right & some day when you are a parent, you will have the same kind of power!”

  12. Marie Smith says:

    Lovely tribute to a beautiful woman and dedicated Mom. You are a lucky man!

    • Al says:

      You’re right, Marie. I still am a lucky man as many of the things she taught me resonate still. Thanks for commenting.

  13. Cindy B says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. Love the “old” black and white photos as well as the more recent ones. I think she would be happy about this blog post!

    • Al says:

      Thanks, Cindy. I hope people will click on the link to see what a spectacular artist she was. They are now a family treasure.

  14. Bernice says:

    She was beautiful, Al, as well as raising a wonderful, clever son.

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