What’s Left?

May 8th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Opinion

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th!!!  If you do - you will pay for it all year if not the rest of your life. But, how could you forget? There are constant reminders on television and probably popping up in your email.

I think I’m gonna get my mom a kitten….ha!  No - just kidding. I can’t even begin to tell you what would happen if I attempted that. We have plenty of cats/kittens and even dogs. So - that is out of the question.

But on to serious thoughts about mothers - and in particular my mother and my late grandmothers. First of all, I am so very thankful that I still have my mother here with all of us!  She is a constant source of wonder to me. She goes and does just about everything she did 10 years ago. She is in great shape and we are all very thankful for that.

As I sat last night thinking about writing about Mother’s Day, I was reflecting on what good role models I have and have had as far as mother figures in my life. My mom’s mother - my grandmother - who passed away a few years ago, was as solid and down-to-earth as you can get. I really admired her as I got to know her better after she moved to Beebe and lived with my aunt. Grandmother Kate (or Mamma Kate as we called her) was a hard worker, loyal to her church - even though she couldn’t hear well enough to hear the pastor or see well enough to know if he was standing up there - she was always in church every Sunday morning. She loved to go! Anytime my mom and my aunt wanted to go somewhere - local or out-of-state, my grandmother was ready. That’s where my mom gets it!!!!  My Mamma Kate was a quiet woman who rarely gave you her opinion on something unless you asked her. And then she would let you have it - like it or not - she would give you her take on whatever you asked. But it was always wise, kind and helpful and if we had always followed her advice and example - our lives would be alot better.  My mother is like that, too. She usually doesn’t give you her opinion unless you ask for it - but if you do - you better duck because it is coming at you. And she also, is very fair, wise and kind. So, I am lucky to have these great examples of motherly love  - which I have also received from my mom’s sisters - my aunts. And although I didn’t know my dad’s mother very well - she died when I was very young - I heard lots of stories of how generous and hard-working she was. My dad’s sister, my Aunt Mary has always been a very good role model for me.  I got to go visit her and my two cousins - and other relatives - almost every summer when I was growing up. Their house was controlled chaos most of the time - but always fun and full of love.

So no matter who your motherly role model(s) are - I hope you honor them with your thoughts if not presence this Mother’s Day. I wish my mom and all the rest of the mothers who read this colum the best Mother’s Day ever!!!!

Go to your happy place!

See you next week!