|Dione, Judy, Lee - Grayson Farm, 1971|
Mom is a pillar. What she has endured in her lifetime boggles my mind. And yet, she has been nothing but pure love to me for my entire my life. She is kind, gentle, pleasant, loving. She tried her best when we were little to bake us yummies and fry us pork chops and sew us costumes of gypsies and super heros. She took us to 4-H and Lutheran Sunday School for a bit, doing everything she could think of to encourage us. She helped me with my homework and taught me tricks in 4th grade math that I still use today. She shared the gift of music with me by singing her heart out shamelessly during Saturday morning housecleaning and trips to town for groceries. But most of all, she smiled. She smiled and she hugged. And she still does. Through her own discomforts in life, she has smiled and laughed and hugged away every single little boo-boo I've ever encountered. My mother is real and down-to-earth and never self-serving. And I try my best to model my own behavior after hers when parenting my beautiful daughter, Patience.
Thank you, Mom. I love you!
|Mothers Day, May 1978|