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A Pandemic Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. This is a very different Mother’s Day than most of us have ever known. I am sure there are some moms who will have the good fortune to celebrate with their children and grandchildren, but that will not be our family. We will celebrate from a distance and I will count my blessings for that!

I was 19 when my mother passed away. It was difficult to have lost her so early in both our lives. She was only 45 years old and I was 19. But even in the short 19 years I had her in my life, I felt forever blessed. She was formidable and strong and the gift of her strength has seen me through many difficult and challenging times. She was also funny. Her laugh was infectious.

She was the youngest of six growing up on a working farm during the war. she wanted to join the military, but her brothers convinced their mother that only women of questionable morals joined the military. You can imagine how proud she was when all of her daughters joined the military a generation later.

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Mom, front row kneeling. Second from the right.

Mom was an early supporter of women’s rights. She payed basketball in an all women’s league sponsored by her employer, Raytheon Corporation. She was never afraid of hard work. Her lessons in life served as the blueprint all of her children would follow.

It is hard to believe that as I sit here, almost 66 years old I can still miss my mom so much. On the other hand, so much of her floats in the air as if she just walked through the room.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love and miss you so much.