Friday, May 6, 2011

Honoring my Mother

Mother's Day is Sunday. Mothers have been honored in various ways for centuries but it was Julia Ward Howe who started the American Mothers Day in 1870.  I'd like to wish every mother a very happy day.

Mothers are special for every child and should be held in respect and love every day, not just on  the Second Sunday of May. While all of you are either remembering your Mom (if she is gone), or celebrating the day with her I want to share with you the story of my Mom and what she means to me.

Mom was born in 1904. She was from a loving but hard working family. In 1922 she married my Dad, Willie Alexander. From what I hear it was a match made in heaven. Mom said they never fought, never really disagreed, Dad was her best friend and they loved each other dearly and unconditionally. Eleven years later (when she was pregnant with me) Dad was killed by lightning.

It was the Depression and times were hard. She and my sister moved into the house with my grandparents. Mom went to work, walking 4 miles each way to and from work, rain or shine, cold or hot. She knew I loved to color and also to play with paperdolls. So, when she could she'd bring home a little surprise for me. I know she made sacrifies to do that. 

For awhile she worked under WPA at the local library and would bring the discarded books home for me. That was how I grew to love the written expressions and stories found in books. Thank you, Mom, for that.

I never saw my Mom raise her voice. Nor did I ever hear her say a bad thing about anyone. She never complained with whatever life dealt out to her. She was so gentle, a lady. She gave me freedom to become myself and she guided me from afar without me ever realizing that the guidance was there. That made me the person I am today.

Mom died in 1996 at the age of 92. I miss her every day. Happy Mother's Day, Mom


  1. Oh Latane...How beautiful a tribute to her!
    She was Brave!
    Happy Mother's Day sweetheart!

  2. Lovely tribute and you have a Happy Mothers' Day.

  3. I'm your 13th follower, my lucky number. Your tribute to your sweet mom is lovely. Happy Mother's Day. Come to my blog and see my mom. Happy Mother's Day....hugs

  4. What a wonderful story, Latane! Thanks for sharing, and happy Mother's Day to you.

  5. Happy Mother's Day!
    This is a nice tribute to your Mother!

  6. She must have been a lovely lady...afterall she had a sweet daughter ..and that was you!!!

    Happy Mother's Day to you, Latane.


  7. Hi Latane, happy Mother's day to you!A lovely story to pay tribute to your Mom,.

  8. This was my precious sweet Grandmother, and I miss her very much! It's such a sweet tribute, Mom...may I add that you are the treasure to me that she was to you and all of us. Thank you for being our wonderful mother! Happy Mother's Day!

  9. Oh latane...
    This tribute to your beautiful mother is so sweet!!!! A blessing to have a mother like you had.
    I hope you had a good mother's day ,,,


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