Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy birthday MOM!

My mother, Patricia, died in August 2008.
If she were still living, she would have been 87 years old today (but she would never admit it).

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for the life given to me by my mother...

... love and nourishment for a lifetime

... knowledge of the difference between right and wrong (values)

... education (home schooling after school)

... moral support when I needed it most

... financial support when I was lacking

But most of all, total and uncompromising love.

I think about her often. Sometimes, I wish she was here because I miss her. But I accept the fact that she was human, had her own faults, and was vulnerable just like all of us. She lived a full and mostly happy and satisfied life. For these things, I am eternally grateful.

In May 2003 I attended my first AA meeting. A few days later my partner and I went to visit her and he told her that I had gone to an AA meeting.
She said, "My prayers have now been answered."
I'll never forget that moment.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
- Doug Larson


Mary Christine said...

You made me cry. I never knew your mom said that about your first AA meeting. Happy Birthday to your mom, she raised a good man.

Lou said...

Nice tribute. It is hardest to accept the vulnerabilites of our own family members.

Scott W said...

Your mama was a sweetheart. I am grateful I got to meet her.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

"I'll never forget that moment."


Syd said...

Your mother sounds like a wonderful person who I am sure loved you with every fiber of her being. It is so good that she knew you had gone to AA. Great tribute to your mom, Dave.

Jeremy said...

This brought tears to my eyes that then rolled down my face.
Thank you for that

She sounds like a great lady. She definitely has a great son

Ed G. said...

How very nice and sweet.

Blessings and aloha...

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful moment to have to remember! No regrets Dave.

Garykfc said...

You HAVE a great Mom.

Bill said...

Thanks for sharing your memories. I always love seeing pictures of your mom.

Anonymous said...

beautiful words for your mom dave, you were/are a good son.

Pam said...

Whoa...that statement will stick with you! We had good Mamas huh?

Kim A. said...

God hears a mother's prayer. I believe this. You carry the very best of her and I just love the bottom picture with the bouffant hairdo! She was a "looker" as my dad would say!