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Dear Mom, Now I Know!

A Mother's Day thank you note.

 

Dear Mom,

I am now 80, and I want to tell you how much I appreciate so many things that you taught me through your words and example.

I thought I had missed out on something when you worked outside the home when it was not fashionable nor even in most people's lexicon of possibility. I thought I had missed out when things were not as neat and tidy in our apartment as in the homes of my friends.

Life has shown me that you gave me the important things when you made me secure in the knowledge that you thought I was intelligent and attractive and sure to be successful. You were always honest with me, and never talked down to me.

You talked about the challenges of poverty and the value of honest work. Now that times are tough for so many, your pointers on economy become very clearly understandable. So many things you said have taken new meaning over the years.

Thank you beautiful mom, thank you for your gift of love.

June

P.S. Happy Mother's Day!

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William George May 16, 2012 at 03:56 AM
You have taught me the same. Great knowledge gets past down!
William George May 16, 2012 at 04:12 AM
"Life has shown me that you gave me the important things when you made me secure in the knowledge that you thought I was intelligent and attractive and sure to be successful. You were always honest with me, and never talked down to me." How beautiful.
Arizonakidd May 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I was just catching up on Patch and I came across this special mothers day letter to your mom that was very touching to me. Obviously she was very special to you and our family. Your mom was a profound thinker and as a result would have survived beautifully in today's world! I'm sure you miss her dearly....
june luvisi May 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
She's with me always. Sometime back I had a beautiful, happy dream of her. It was wonderful. Truth is, her love was so strong that she's in my bones.
Bob May 28, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Sadly, that old 70s song that said "you don't know what you got 'til its gone..." is all too true,if not gramatically correct. The late USC professor Leo Buscalia once shared a story about a man whose wife loved roses, but he never quite got around to getting them for her. When she passed, he flooded the funeral home with roses. Buscalia was livid. He said "Give those you love their "roses" while they can still smell and enjoy them". Find the time to tell those close to you how much you love them, and show it! "Our Town" impressed how we should appreciate life. In one vignette a young mother had thought she'd died in childbirth, and dreamt of all those precious things she took for granted. When she awoke with her newborn, she'd learned to appreciate the good rather than dwelling on the "bad". Don't wait for loss before appreciation!

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