Topic: Happy Mother's Day
A post by Russell on another thread got me thinking about my Mom and Mother's Day, and instead of replying an OT post there, I really felt it deserved it's own thread.
So, first off.. Happy Mother's Day to all Moms out there in Chordie Land. I hope you have the best of days and you are able to enjoy the day with your loved ones. Moms are certainly the most special of people, and I thought I'd share a bit about my mum here.
Mom raised us 3 kids on her own since I was about 10 (with an older brother and a younger sister). In the late'70s she moved us from a depressed economy in upstate NY to a booming area in Raleigh NC and worked a full time job while finishing her Master's Degree at night school. There were tough times for sure, but there was never a lack of love. It was during this time that she bought a pair of beginner guitars and lessons for me while trying to teach herself with Mel Bay books. Her career was education and was always amazed how quickly I picked up things that she work hard on, or could seem to never get.
Mom always loved singing. She could always do the harmonizing or "flat" singing in the choir - I thought she was just off key, but she did it on purpose. She didn't necessarily believe in all of the traditional church teachings, but she loved to sing, so she was there every Sunday.
My Mom loved Donovan, and I was able to take her to see him during my college years. She also loved Sinatra and Neil Diamond, but would jam with us kids to Zeppelin, Sabbath, AC/DC, Aerosmith, etc during my hard rock days. We had more than 1 garage band jamming in our basement in our those days, and Mom put up with it all (and I dare say maybe even enjoyed a bit of it).
Anyway... Put an end to a long post. My Mom (Helene was her name) died 8 years ago at the young age of 58 from brain cancer. It was sudden and unexpected as she was otherwise in fantastic health. Her Grandkids were her life and she had so much more to offer them and us.
I miss you Mom and I love you very much. I hope you all have a Mom as cool as mine was and that you will enjoy her while you've got her.