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Old 05-11-2014, 05:24 AM
 
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I would like to thank and remember all the women who were mother figures to me in my life and that includes my aunts, grandmothers and great-grandmothers! Without all of them I wouldn't be who I am today. Besides your own mother of course are there any other mother figures in your life that you would like to remember or honor on Mother's Day?
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Happy Mother's Day!

My grandmother, Vivian, was such an incredible lady. My mom was only 17 when she had me, so my grandma became a part time mother to me and I can't express how lucky I am to have had not just one wonderful mother, but two. She was there for me, loved me unconditionally, and she occupies such a huge space in my heart, even though she's not been on this earth for over 20 years now.

She loved lilacs and birds, had jet black hair and ruby red lips, baked the best apple pies and bread, and didn't say "swear words." She would exclaim, "Dirty word!" because my grandfather swore enough for the both of them. She had these cat eye sunglasses with emerald colored lenses that she wore for as long as I could remember. She would buy me turquoise jewelry and Native American dolls, coloring books, and crayons. I remember her drawing out elaborate cities and scenarios for me. We'd lie on her velvet covered bed and she'd draw anything I requested. She claimed to not be an artist, but she was.

My mother is an artist, she and I went to college together. She used to say, "Turn that music off. I want to hear the birds singing." I never understood how someone could prefer birdsong over Van Halen. NOW I DO. I understand where I got my love of nature and art. My mom instilled them in me. She would read Henry David Thoreau. My friends' moms would be discussing soap operas and my mom wouldn't have anything to add to the conversation and it made me happy. :-)
She had major problems with her eyes for many years when I was a child. I hated seeing her in such pain. She recuperated, but then in recent years, started losing her eyesight. She recently had surgery which restored her sight to 20-20 vision. It was something I am very grateful for. I'm fortunate to have a young mother.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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She wasn't mom, but she loved us:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/06/living...html?hpt=hp_c2
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