Friday, July 18, 2008

My Other Mother

I am currently in Oklahoma City visiting family and friends. My mom and I went to see my "other" mother yesterday. This special lady lived next door to us when we moved to OKC in 1962. She was always a hoot to be around and was willing to listen to me when I couldn't, or wouldn't talk to my own mom. One year for Mom's weekend at OSU, she and my mom both came and did the activities with me.

She is probably the main reason I became a teacher, and was willing to work with special needs children. She had a masters' degree in learning disabilities waaaaaaay back when the syndrome (?) was first identified. She could get the most amazing results from her kids. I, however, wasn't cut out for LD, and preferred working with those who had a low IQ.

My other mother turned 90 in June. She is in declining health now, but still lights up when her friends and family come to see her. Her son and daughter-in-law have her in their home, so she is lovingly and well cared for. Her legacy of love, laughter and service to all she knows will go on long after she goes to her reward.

She is reknowned for sewing wedding dresses, mine included, quilting or crocheting baby blankets, doing income taxes, and keeping the books for her church (which she did until 3 years ago!) The year I married, she sewed at least 4 wedding dresses that summer/fall...maybe more, I forget! But however many were sewn, they were all done with love.

I am so blessed to have had this wonderful woman in my life. I am grateful to her son and daughter for sharing their mom with me.

1 comment:

Snooty Primadona said...

How special is that? Very special indeed. I never minded sharing my daughter with the other moms that just loved her to death. Nor did I ever mind taking my children's friends under my wing. I always felt that they just learned a little more with the input of other moms.

So, Bravo! to her for taking you under her wing even though she knew you already had a Mom.