is still here with me this morning.
her favorite mug, taken back to a year ago on
this day. I had just given her a kiss and said,
"Happy 105th Birthday, Mom!", and she
shook her head, not quite believing
that she had lived so long.
coffee prepared with milk from this favorite
butterfly mug of hers, she set it back on her
breakfast tray and with her characteristic
impish smile, pointed to it and said to me,
"The doctor said coffee wasn't good for me."
and positive in outlook to the end of her life,
Mother's unique sense of humor no doubt
contributed to her longevity.
vegetables, having first watched her mother feed
her large family from the Shady Dell's garden.
ager, she never sought any other career. However, she put her excellent seamstress skills to good use making doll clothes, Halloween costumes and school outfits.
in 2017, my only gifts to her this year are some
pink petunias I placed on her grave and this
tribute to honor her. For the rest of my life,
however, these are just some of the enduring
and precious gifts she continues to give to me:
laughter, love and forgiveness for everyone,
flowers and gardening, gratitude, faith in God
her as my mother, my best friend, counselor,
role model and inspiration for over 70
of her amazing 105 years.