Friday, May 07, 2010

May 9th - Mother's Day and Memories of Dad

that's me with the curl

May 9th.

I always think of my Dad on May 9th.  Twelve years ago at the young age of 58,  he passed from this world after a terrible illness.  He was surrounded by his wife and three girls in the comfort of his own home. I will never forget it.   It was also the day before Mother's Day.  

This year, the anniversary of his death comes on Mother's Day.  This year, I am not spending it with my three children.  I am taking my mother to the Jersey Shore for the weekend.  We're going to stay at at a bed and breakfast that is owned by one of her best friends.  When I made the plans, I didn't not realize that Mother's Day fell on the 9th this year, but I'm glad that it does.  She does get a little melancholic when that date rolls around.  Some time away, even if it's for a weekend, will do her some good.

I will also be thinking about my aunt this year.  Her birthday was on May 9th, but she died two months ago.  I'll be thinking of my uncle, and my cousins who lost their mother.  It will be a hard day for them, and I hope that God comforts them.

So, I'm dedicating my playlist below to my Dad.  It's in his favorite color blue, that matches his eyes.  He was a country music fan (I could not relate to that).  He was a rabid NY Giants fan (I remember us celebrating their win in 1987 like it was yesterday).  He was extremely patriotic.  His favorite movies were The Quiet Man  and Young Frankenstein.  He was not a Mr.  Fix it (We have stories of him throwing a hammer once in a while).  He liked his beer and loved St. Patrick's Day.   He had a great sense of humor.  He loved his wife and his three girls.  He was a great father and I miss him.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Memories of Mother

Email going around for Mothers Day

 WHAT I OWE MY MOTHER - In honor and memory of Mothers.

 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.

" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .

"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.

"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about.."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA ..

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .

"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.

"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.

 "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .

 "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.

"You're just like your father."

23.. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

 "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

And my favorite:

25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Brian Stella and the Company Town Band


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