My brother Rob, his wife Diana, and I took Mom (as seen in the picture to the left) out for lunch today. It's always great to get together. Funny how there seems to be too few occasions that we can get together. None of the kids were there, so it was just the four of us.
The restaurant was packed at lunch time. It took 45 minutes for the food to come to the table. That's all-right though. It gave us a lot more time to visit. I gave her a movie I recently saw called A shine of Rainbows which is about a mother (Connie Nielsen). Connie is mesmerizing in this role. Actually, the whole cast is wonderful. It's a tear-jerker, and although I don't normally watch these kind of movies, it came on the TV one day when I didn't have much to do, and I couldn't get away from it.
Of course.... nothing so dramatic happened in our lives, but my mother has always been a special person, and I'm sure it was because of her, that we have all of these wonderful memories to hold onto of growing up as a family. She was the glue that held everything together.
My daughter's mother lives 3500 miles from us. It seems sometimes I almost have to be both parents. It can be a bit of a struggle at times, but I try to make sure she doesn't want for anything, and there are times when everything comes to a boil in her life where she has to talk to someone. I try to listen, and not be to judgmental. If nothing else, I hope I can pass onto my daughter, the sense of love and well-being that my mother passed on to each of us. Having her for a mother, was one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive.
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