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Mother's Day

When I started writing the stories for Above and Beyond Wellfleet, I didn't realize that I was going to devote a chapter to my parents. The book is about recovering from the death of my husband, and as I wrote I realized that most of my strength came from the two people who taught me what courage and overcoming adversity were all about--my mother and father.

On Sunday, we will celebrate Mother's Day. Some feel that such holidays were created as a way to sell cards and flowers; I prefer to avoid such cynicism.

There aren't enough words for me to write which would adequately honor my mother. This photograph tells the story. Her hand always held me up--even when I could no longer physically feel it. Her touch was always gentle, but her strength was legendary. Yes, legendary. She faced a near-death battle with cancer and never, ever lost her smile or will to survive. She faithfully followed my father wherever the chance for earning a proper livelihood took our family (while I say she followed, she actually led the way). She brought her elderly parents into our small home when I was a teenager to care for them for almost ten years--until they each passed away--each never seeing the inside of a nursing home. 

There are more words, and I will write them, but for today, I will honor this brave woman with all my heart- as well as saying a special prayer for her this Sunday.

I have two other very wonderful mothers for which to be grateful--my daughter and my daughter-in-law. I watch them in awe as they nurture my grandsons. They always, always put their families first. They manage to do that while becoming each day more beautiful, strong women.

Yes, I am big fan of pausing to honor those people who make and have made my life so complete.

Happy Mother's Day.



4 Comments to Mother's Day:

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Sherrie Loveman on Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:03 AM
Happy Mother's Day, Con. Love the photo and the beautiful hand supporting you. It was my pleasure to know your mother. Thank you also for speaking for so many of us. -Sher
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Carol on Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:12 AM
A beautiful honor to your beautiful mother! Happy Mother's Day to you, Con!
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Patty on Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:22 AM
Fran "adopted" me after my mother died, and I was so fortunate to know and love her for many years. She was a true role model for me, and I know many others. And Happy Mother's Day to you too, Con - another wonderful mother.
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Katie on Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:53 AM
I have been privileged in my life to be held up by Gigi's beautiful hands as well as yours, Mom. You are a remarkable woman and the very best mother I could have wished for! I love you very much! Happy Mother's Day!
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