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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Mom, Born 100 Years Ago Today


My mother...


Evelyn Louise Terry Anderson

would have turned 100 years old today.


My mom, kneeling in front of the TV on the right,
was the oldest of four sisters. Sadly she became
ill and died a month before her 77th birthday.
I will always regret that she didn't have
a longer life. I miss her.

My mother Evelyn at age 18 in 1936

My mother came of age during the Big Band years,
The Swing Era. She definitely didn't like my rock 'n' roll.
There was one notable exception. For some reason she and
my dad took a liking to "Sitting Here Baby," the B side of
"Nineteen Days," a 1966 single by The Dave Clark Five.
It must have been the song's old time feel and danceable
syncopated rhythm that reminded them of the music of
their youth. My parents used to make me blush by
insisting I play the record so that they could
dance to it. Mom, this is for you and dad.

"Sitting Here Baby" - The Dave Clark Five
(Nov. 1966, B side of "Nineteen Days")





My mother was a major influence on me.
She encouraged me to study hard in school,
impressed upon me her political beliefs,
and taught me to love and respect
people of all races and religions.

Mom (nicknamed "Terry") in 1960 wearing her JFK button

Mom helped me to develop a keen sense of humor
by exposing me to the television shows of comedy
legends like Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen,
 Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. I enjoyed making
her laugh by reciting jokes and acting out funny
sketches I saw on TV. To sum it up, my mother
helped shape me into the person I am today.

My father Walt, me, my mother Evelyn & my brother Keith

I hope these pictures help express the gratitude
I feel toward my mother. On this special occasion,
a particular song also comes to mind, the Lulu hit
"To Sir With Love."  I changed some of the words
to make it fit. Please start the tune playing on low
volume as background music, then scroll down
to read my birthday message to mom.




"To Her With Love"

Those schoolboy days
Of telling tales and
biting nails are gone
But in my mind
I know they will
still live on and on

But how do you thank someone
Who gave so much
and left us much too soon?
It isn't easy, but I'll try


If she wanted the sky
I would write across the sky in letters
That would soar a thousand feet high
To her with love

The time has come
For closing this book and
long last looks must end
And as I grieve
Feels again like I am
losing my best friend

My mother Evelyn, me and my father Walt, Christmas 1956

A friend who taught me right from wrong
And weak from strong, that's a lot to learn
What, what can I give her in return?

If she wanted the moon
I would try to make a start
But I would rather
she let me give my heart
To her with love


Happy 100th birthday, Mom!


I love you and miss you!


47 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute to your mother, she sounds like she was a very special lady!

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    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thank you very much for coming, my friend! Your visit on this special occasion means a great deal to me.

      I'm happy to know that you appreciate what I did here to honor my mother on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, good buddy Joey!

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  2. Your mom was truly a wonderful person. I appreciated her for her liberal political beliefs. She was a caring and compassionate person who made it clear she always wanted the best for you. I, too, miss her very much.

    Your post is a fine tribute to her memory and the song you choose fits perfectly.

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you very much for making time to return to the blog today to experience the tribute I put together in my mother's honor.

      Fortunately you were able to spend seven years getting to know my mother before she passed away.

      Thank you again for making time to visit and share your thoughts on this special day, Kathryn!

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  3. Hi Tom,

    Your tributes always tug at our heartstrings but this one pulled really hard! Your mother looked like such a classy/beautiful lady. A mothers love is like no other and it was so apparent with your pictures. I really enjoyed looking at these old, classic photographs. I must say you were quite a cute little boy and a handsome young man! Your song, “to Her with love” was such an Affectionate tribute. It showed your love and adoration towards the #1 woman in your life at that time.

    Happy 100th Birthday, Evelyn! I know you are looking down from above at your son very proudly!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for coming over to check out the tribute to my mom on the 100th anniversary of her birth - March 25, 1918.

      My father was a shutterbug and was constantly asking my mother and me to serve as the subjects of his photos. I am thankful to have so many great pictures taken on those fun filled occasions when when we stayed at a bungalow along the river and vacationed down at the seashore. I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed looking at my dad's pics.

      Thank you again for making time for a Sunday visit, Toni, and for expressing yourself so eloquently here. I deeply appreciate everything you wrote, dear friend. Enjoy the rest of your day and the week ahead!

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  4. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMarch 25, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    This post illustrates eloquently what a wonderful woman gave you life and how much of a beneficial influence she had on you growing up. As an artist, I notice her eyes especially. They tell me that she carried a distinct poise and grace, and showed beauty both outwardly and from within.

    I also enjoyed seeing these of pictures of you as a child and of your family, because they give a glimpse into your early years. I didn't realize your brother was so much older. Perhaps, like my dad said about me arriving 10 and 12 years after my siblings, you were "the surprise in the CrackerJax" :) . I also loved, in this day and age of constant traumatic news and crises du jour, being reminded me of the same, much simpler era in my life. I love the patterned curtains, t.v. and wing chair - so indicative of that time and able to take me back there in my mind.

    The clothing, interiors and smiles for the photographer shown in your selection of pictures placed me again into 50s and 60s York, PA, when someone in the living room with a Brownie or Kodak camera (and later, a Polaroid) insisted we hold very still and say "cheese". There were no shutter speeds to select with any cameras owned by my family and having to replace the bulb after each shot made spontaneous indoor portraits kind of hard. I dreaded the flashbulbs that went off, scaring me a little and leaving a black spot in my vision for a few minutes after the picture was taken. Probably because I was anticipating the bright sudden flash, in most family photos I have from that time, the dog and I both have either totally closed eyelids or eyes staring and blood-red. Back then, getting rolls of film taken to be developed and returned a week later didn't involve photoshopping. I'm showing my age here!

    Bob and I tried our best to get our son and daughter off to a good start, so I appreciate the enormous responsibilities of parenthood that your father and mother experienced. Although I never met your parents, I've been able to get to know you through the blog, and so I'm sure much of them lives on in you. Not just in physical resemblances, but also in attitudes, morals, and caring - you shine a light on who they were and what they cared about every time you answer a comment.

    Also, given the "Shady" persona that we've seen, I wonder if you were ever naughty and in need of a bit of discipline like most of us did as kids? That sparkle in your eyes suggests a certain trickiness and pushing-the-envelope that remains to this day, and comes out to play every week in your blog posts. As Wordsworth said, the child is the father of the man...

    However, the happy expression on your little boy's face and relaxed body language on the pictures of you with your mother and father particularly show that you knew you were loved and safe, and confident that they cared for you in ways custom-tailored to you. It's obvious that they delighted in you, and you in them. They were without a doubt solid and authentic people.

    Thank you for taking the time it took for you to put this special post together for us. These pictures and your descriptions are priceless time capsules, Tom! I'm sure your mother would absolutely love that you dedicated it to her on her centennial. She would be so proud to have her youngest son grow up and carry her legacy into the future.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Oh, what a wonderful comment, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming by to help me observe the centennial anniversary of my mother's birth. How I wish that your dear mother were here so that she could take a peek at this post.

      I'd like to add a few tidbits about my mother that aren't found in the text. My mom prided herself on always being clean, nicely dressed and having her hair done just right. She kept a very clean and tidy house, too, and I am grateful for that. I'll never forget her enthusiasm as she actively campaigned for Jack Kennedy and the dark weekend she spent sobbing in the wake of his assassination. In addition, I feel very fortunate to have had a childhood in which I always felt safe and secure, unlike the children of today who have to fear going to school, the mall, a concert, a sporting event or even church, because they might become victims of the latest angry young man with a military style gun.

      Yessum, my brother is more than ten years older. I didn't have as many years with him as I would have liked before he left home to join the Air Force and get married.

      How well I recall my dad, the camera buff, requiring us to stand or sit perfectly still as he made endless adjustments to his equipment before snapping the picture. Every try smiling for a solid hour? :) It got even worse when he purchased a light kit. He had a bank of bright lights trained on us that were enough to illuminate an airport landing strip. They were so bright that we needed to squint and so hot that we nearly melted before he took the picture. My mom used to get annoyed with him for being such a perfectionist and taking up so much of our time in photo sessions. And yes, I remember flash bulbs causing a black spot in the eyes for minutes after a picture was taken.

      I admit to having a mischievous side to my personality which reveals itself through blog host Shady Del Knight. I believe that I was most heavily influenced by the comedy style, timing and material of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and, later on, David Letterman.

      I am very thankful to be able to share with a dear friend like you these memories of my mother on her special day. Thank you very much for being here, Kathleen, and for composing this remarkable comment. Have a safe and happy week!

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  5. What a lovely way to remember your mother on what would have been her 100th birthday! Mine has been gone for almost 42 years, but I still have times I miss her greatly.

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you so very much for coming, dear friend!

      Gosh, I am sorry to learn that you lost your mother nearly 42 years ago. You must have been very young at the time. Most of us never stop missing our mothers and all the love and guidance they gave us.

      Thank you again for taking a look at the 100th birthday tribute I created for my mother, dear friend Kelly. I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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  6. Such a moving post, friend ... LOe, cat

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming, dear Canadian friend!

      I am pleased to know that you were moved by the post I created to honor my mom 100 years after her birth.

      Thank you again for taking a look and a listen, dear friend cat!

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    2. What i'm trying to say, friend Shady ... is I am scared out ma wits when it comes of thinking about my mom dying ... she is well and still the queen of the clan at age 82 ... and she thinks I did wrong by goin to Canada and half breed kids ... anyway ... turn up the volume, hmmm? ... Much love, cat.
      ... sorry 4 the lil typo error earlier ...

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    3. ... another thing that very appealing about you, friend Shady is your pleasure in receiving feed back as I never ... ya ... boss, I have so much to learn from you ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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    4. Hi again, dear cat!

      It always makes me happy to see your smiling face in my place and to be able to get to know you better through stories you tell about your life. This is what it is all about for me - teaching and learning - sharing and caring. Please remember that I learn just as much from you, indeed I do.

      Thank you again for coming to visit and for your words of friendship and kindness, dear feline friend!

      Lubbins lubbins lubbins! :)

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  7. I expect you to be wearing. Coonskin cap a la Daniel Boone, your mom looks quite fetching in that beautiful green velvet dress. Moms are amazing and you have written a Beautiful tribute to her and I am glad to have read it. She seems to have guided you on your trip of life. I bet you wish you could just ring her up and talk with her about current events and you may even know wha5 she would be saying. I love these pictures of your wonderful mom and that she loved JFK...one smart lady with a true vision

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Back-to-back visits from Canadian friends! Thank you very much, BB, for spending part of your Sunday here with my mother and me. I appreciate your kind visit!

      I don't recall ever owning a coonskin cap, but I do remember watching Fess Parker in the 1950s TV series Davy Crockett and later in the long running series Daniel Boone. (I also watched Scott Forbes in The Adventures of Jim Bowie and many other Western TV series of the 50s and early 60s).

      Another piece of trivia that I would like to share about my mother is that, even though she was attractive, she didn't photograph very well, at least in her opinion. She constantly complained to my father, the photographer, that she looked like "Gravel Gertie," a homely woman that was a major recurring character in the Dick Tracy comic strip.

      Yessum, BB, I often wish that I could phone my mother and have a chat. She has been gone since 1995. She died just before the bombing in Oklahoma City that killed all those children, and I know she would be heartsick over the loss of life in the 9-11 terror strike and in the epidemic of school shootings that currently plagues our country. My mother loved JFK and I vividly recall her curled up in the fetal position crying like a baby the entire weekend after he was slain on that terrible Friday, 11-22-63.

      Thank you again for being a great friend and taking a look at my tribute post, dear Birgit. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    2. Your mom I saw a true empath! Her heart went out to so many she only heard about through the media. I think she photographed well and, who knows, she may be the angel The young children meet when they go to the other side.

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    3. That's very sweet of you, Birgit. I actually did think of that very thing when the children were killed in the Oklahoma City blast. I imagined my mother waiting to comfort them upon their arrival on the other side. I had similar thoughts following the 9-11 terror attacks and the Sandy Hook and Parkland school massacres.

      Thank you very much for returning to chat, dear friend BB!

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  8. Such a wonderful, lovely and sweet post today.
    Amazing Mother and like me I am sure you miss her very much.
    Love the photos. Mine were all burned in the Laguna Beach wildfire.

    cheers, parsnip

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston aka "The Mandibles of Doom"!

      Thank you very much for dropping by and allowing me to introduce my mother 100 years to the day after she was born.

      I am delighted to know that you were touched by the post, Gayle. It's funny. I had this thing written and saved as a draft for close to two years. At first it seemed like this special day would never come, but time has a way of passing quickly and here we are.

      I am very sorry to learn that your precious family photos were lost in a wildfire. That is a dreadful setback, but at least you have your indelible memories and your priceless collection of square dog pictures.

      Thank you again for being here with us today on this special occasion, dear friend Gayle. I very much appreciate your friendship and support!

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  9. Dearest Shady. What a wonderful tribute to your mother. Your arrangement of "To Her With Love" is so moving, it brings tears to my eyes. The instrumental itself is so beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing with us your family photos and the photos of your lovely mother. I can see where she was a great influence on you, even though she didn't care much for your 'rock and roll'. How fun to play a Dave Clark Five record for your parents and watch them dance! I didn't know the song, but I could sense the nostalgia they felt. And, as your parents did, I believe it is important for them to share their mutual likes with their children and let them see how these things in common can build warmth and security in a family. Their love of music and dance sent you on your path to a life of the same. (Well, your mom probably didn't know of all the shenanigans at the Dell, lol!)

    Your mom was very special, Shady, and it shows in your personality. Thank you so much for sharing your personal warmth and family moments. Happy Birthday to your mother, Shady! God Bless



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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much, dear friend, for swinging by on this special occasion as I salute my mother on what would have been her 100th birthday. She was only 76, about to turn 77, when she succumbed to illness, and it is hard for me to age progress her to 100. I wish she was still among the living so that I could feel her warmth and love and continue to learn from her. The stories my mother told about growing up as one of four sisters during The Great Depression are the stuff of which books have been written and movies made.

      Yessum, I love to recall my mom and dad asking me to play that DC-5 side so that they could show me how they danced together in their younger years and how they still danced nearly every Saturday night in the 60s at York's famous Dutch Club. "Sitting Here Baby" seemed to be the only record in my collection that they liked. I'll never forget the time they bought me a Roger Miller album for my birthday hoping that I'd like it enough to become a country music fan and stop listening to R&B and rock. Bless their pea pickin' hearts! :) To my surprise, I DID like Roger Miller, but it didn't steer me away from the other styles of music I liked. My taste in music merely grew more eclectic and remains so to this day. Yessum, I am sure my love of music was fostered by my parents and my big brother who usually had music playing around the house. My parents' love of music and dance combined with the influence of John and Helen Ettline who created the Shady Dell, a safe space for teenagers to meet and dance, also had a lot to do with it. I also was lucky to grow up in York, PA, a soul music mecca.

      I am very pleased that you appreciate how I changed a few words to the Lulu hit to make it fit the occasion. If I am to be honest with you, it brings tears to my eyes, too, to take the full three minute ride in real time, syncing the lyrics to the melody and gazing at the pictures as I slowly scroll down the page.

      Thank you again, ever so much, for your time and for this beautiful comment, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you and Scootie are doing well and I wish you a safe and happy week ahead!

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  10. Wonderful tribute to your mother.

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    1. Thank you, Kirk!

      I appreciate you being here to read the tribute I put together to honor my mother 100 years after her birth.

      Have a great week, Kirk!

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  11. That was a wonderful tribute Tom to your beautiful Mother. I love the song along with the poem. (that's one of my favorite movies) She looks like an elegant lady in those photos. Some would say living until 77 is a good life but I say no matter how long we have a loved one it's never enough time. She will live in your heart forever and by sharing your love for her here you shared that love with us. Thanks for a peek into who you are because of her. Happy Birthday to your Mom and I hope she's dancing with your Dad in heaven!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! I am delighted to have you here to experience this 100th anniversary salute to my mother Evelyn. All of her sisters called her "Ev" and my dad and all her friends called her by her maiden name "Terry."

      I'm happy to know you appreciate my use of the theme from the film To Sir With Love and the manner in which I reworked some of the lyrics to fit my mother's birthday tribute. Lulu's signature song is one of my favorites as is the movie it came from.

      The image of my mom and dad dancing in heaven is comforting, and it is not hard to imagine them meeting Helen and John Ettline on that great dance floor.

      Thank you again for your visit and this sweet and generous comment, YaYa. It makes me happy to introduce my mother to you because I have come to know and love your mother in recent years through your posts about her and pictures of her.

      Have a wonderful week, dear friend!

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  12. Hi Tom, Sorry I'm late. This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother. She looks very elegant in these photos. Her hair and clothing simply lovely. It was wonderful to hear about her personality and her political leanings. I adored President Kennedy as she did. It was a sad day for all of us when he died. Like her, I cried a lot. I couldn't even stop crying when my family went to church on Saturday of that weekend.

    I love that your mom and dad would dance in the house. It is good for children to see that closeness. How nice for your mother that your father would take her dancing. It is such fun to dance.

    I loved the words you wrote to the music. So moving. Parting in this world is sad. Family members take a part of our hearts when they leave us. I'm glad you had such a wonderful mother. I'm very lucky to still have mine. She will be 91 in June.

    I love the beach photos. You both look so happy. So many good memories. I read in the comments your father liked taking lots of pictures. My mother was the one who did that in our family. I'm happy she took a lot of them too. God bless, and thank you for sharing these meaningful thoughts and photos with us.

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    1. Hi, Belle!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you so much for coming to see what I created in my mother's honor to mark the 100 year anniversary of her birth.

      My mother was meticulous about her appearance, yet never quite satisfied. She always complained that her hair was too fine and she couldn't get it styled the way she wanted. She was also an excellent housekeeper, kept everything clean, neat and tidy "in case the preacher walks in." The pastor of our church was known to make occasional house calls to members of the congregation, and my mother lived in fear that he would enter our house and see a speck of dust or a sock on the floor. :)

      Yessum, my mother was a lifelong Democrat and supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. She was crushed by the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. In many ways America in 2018 has come to resemble the America of 1968. If my mother were still alive I know she would be aligned with the youth of our nation who participated in the March For Our Lives, outspoken about gun reform, Russian manipulation of our elections, gerrymandering, voter suppression and other major social issues of our day.

      You're right. Many kids today witness their parents engaged in hand to hand combat. I was lucky to live in a home with parents who loved and respected one another, sang and danced, hugged and kissed.

      Yessum, our family spent many summer vacations at beach towns in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Unfortunately my father didn't have much fun at the seashore because he had fair skin and often wound up with severe sunburn, even when he applied a thick coating of tanning lotion and even if he stayed in the shade 90% of the time. I felt sorry for him. My dad strongly preferred vacations in the mountains, but that was a problem, because my mother was not keen on "roughing it." She loved air conditioned comfort and convenience while he was an outdoorsman who loved things like hiking and camping and sleeping in a tent. Opposites attract, I suppose, but the one thing they did have in common was their love of dancing to the sounds of the Swing Era.

      I pray that you have many more years left with your own mother, Belle. Thank you again for taking time to compose such a lovely comment on this special day. It makes me very happy to introduce my mother to you, my dear friend.

      God bless!

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  13. Tom,

    I just read your memorial for your Mom. It was lovely. It made me wish I could still call my Mom and Dad. Unfortunately, my long distance service doesn’t reach their present area code.

    When you mentioned humor, I remembered you reciting the Anacin commercial.

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    1. Hi, cousin Terry!

      It's very nice of you to let me know that you read and appreciated the post I put together for your "Aunt Ev." I miss your mother and father as much as I miss my own.

      Your memory is keen if you still recall me reciting the Anacin commercial. That's exactly what I used to do, memorize and reenact TV commercials and comedy bits for my mother's amusement.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, cousin Terry. Your message means a lot to me!

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  14. We always will miss our moms. When mine died she took so much of me with her that I felt I wasn't the same person. You've given us some of your memories here today and they are beautiful. Here's to our moms.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for this week's post, the celebration of what would have been my mother's 100th birthday.

      I am sorry to learn that you lost your mother, too, Cheryl. When you lose a parent it certainly can change you and leave you feeling like a big part of you is missing. Given enough time most of us make the adjustment and learn to be the gatekeeper, letting in the happy memories and blocking the unhappy ones.

      Thank you again for being on hand to help me observe this special moment in my family's history. Have a wonderful week, dear friend C-Lee!

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  15. I speak to my mum every night for between 30-50 minutes even if I have spoken to her two or three times during the day, we never run out of things to talk about

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, dear Australian friend? Thank you for making the long journey to be here today and meet my mum during the week long observance marking the 100 year anniversary of her birth.

      In my experience frequent chats and long phone conversations are typical of a mother - daughter relationship. As for me, I very much dislike talking on the telephone, and much prefer being in the same room with a person. One thing I can tell you about my mother is that she was quite a conversationalist. There was never a lull in the conversation when she was present.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend Jo-Anne!

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  16. Happy Birthday to you mom. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady. She taught you well. I'm sure she was (and is) very proud of the person you have become. So nice of you to remember her this way on her special day. I'm sure if she could, she'd give you a great big hug!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      It was very nice of you to come by, dear friend. Thank you very much!

      Yessum, my father led by example more so than by words, I suppose you could say. My mom was the one who "preached sermons" to me and influenced my thinking on citizenship, politics and social issues. Indeed I wish that she were still here today and could give me a great big hug!

      Thank you again for your kind visit and caring comment, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  17. This is so touching, Shady! I love the pictures. Aren't memories wonderful? Your version of the song (for your Mom) is perfect and reflects the lasting benefits of growing up in a loving family.
    Have a pleasant week, my friend.

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      Thank you so much for coming over this week to experience this special post in honor of my mother.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed seeing some of these pictures from my family photo album. We had many wonderful times together vacationing at the seashore, staying in log cabins in the mountains and simply finding fun things to do around the house. Music was almost always playing. I feel fortunate indeed to have grown up in such a nurturing environment. My mother influenced me more than I probably even realize. I miss her every day.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and sweet words, dear friend diedre. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. Tom,

    Many apologizes for the late visit. The day this post went live, we were leaving town to say our last good-byes to DH's dad. It was hard, especially for DH. We appreciated your prayers and thoughts so much. That meant the world to us both. Thank you, dear friend!

    What a lovely tribute for what would've been your Mother's 100th birthday! Your song choices carry a delightful meaning for this occasion and I imagine the emotions that flooded your heart while you composed this dedication. The second song is beautiful and your rewrite of the lyrics so sweet. I can bet she's smiling down on her boy for these lovely words. There is nothing like dear ole Mom, is there? Happy Birthday, Mrs. Anderson!

    Have a good day, dear friend and again, thanks for everything!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming by to see the tribute I put together for my mother 100 years after her birth.

      There is no need for you to apologize for being late, dear friend. I was well aware of the recent death in your family and your need to travel. I thought about you and DH many times over the last few days wondering how you were holding up as you mourned the loss of his dad. May your hearts be healed and happy memories replace the pain you are now feeling.

      I'm delighted that you appreciated my song selection for this special post. For quite some time I had been wondering which piece of mewsic to use, then suddenly it occurred to me that the words of "To Sir With Love" could easily be changed to make the song fit.

      Thank you again for remembering me during this difficult week, dear Cathy. I am very grateful for your friendship and support. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you at the A To Z starting line on Easter Sunday.

      God bless!

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  19. Tom,

    It makes my heart smile to have such a sweet, considerate friend in you. We're doing very well in the aftermath of my FIL's passing. Your prayers and thoughts meant a lot to us. Austin (my FIL) will be missed terribly but we're so blessed to had him for so many years. I believe he inherited genes from his mom because she lived to be 96. She was only two months from her 97th bday when the Lord called her home.

    I know this week has been a tough one for you, too. I think it's super neat how you're so good to pay special tribute to her yearly. What a wonderful way to reflect on tender memories and moments of your dear mother. You're a good son and I bet that's what she's telling all the angels. :) Have a blessed Easter Sunday and yes, I'll see yon on the A2Z starting line, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming by on your Easter weekend, dear friend! I am always happy to see you and grateful for the attention.

      It seems there is longevity in DH's family and that bodes well for him. I certainly hope he enjoys a long life as did his dad and his grandmother.

      Your sweet words about my mother and me touched me deeply, Cathy. I am very thankful to have your friendship, too. Thank you again for making time for a weekend visit. Happy Easter to you and your family. I will see you bright and early tomorrow morning when the starter pistol is fired and the grueling A TO Z marathon gets underway!

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  20. What a wonderful tribute to your mother, dear friend. She would be so proud of all you do. Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Anderson!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      It was very nice of you to come by and see the birthday tribute I created for my mom.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and sweet comment, dear friend JM!

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