Friday, May 8, 2009

I miss Mama

This is an interesting subject because I lost my mother a few years ago and have still not gotten over it. I suppose a person never does.

I will say this for her, she (and her own mother) are probably the reasons I've been successful as an author. Mama was a stickler for proper grammar. There were no erroneous verb tenses allowed in our home. And my grandmother was a wonderful storyteller. Add the two of them together and you sort of have me!

As I was looking for a picture of her to include here, I discovered that she was usually the photographer and was therefore missing from many of the group shots. I have a few candid pics of her but choose not to include them because she was clowning around those times and I know she wouldn't appreciate my posting her behaving in a less that dignified manner. Mom was a complex character. Near the end of her life she didn't know me and thought my sister was her mother, so we didn't have many in-depth chats then, but I recall many times when I learned a great deal from her and I'm thankful for those good times.

If you still have your mother with you, remember her fondly while you can.

Valerie Hansen


  1. Thanks for sharing about your mom, Val. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

  2. My mom's been gone since 1996 and I still miss her. I'll second the advise you gave "If you still have your mother with you, remember her fondly while you can." I got to thinking about all the pictures I had of my mom and you know in most she's in the background. She hated having her picture taken.

  3. You know, I'm amazed by all the photos my husband I take of Mikey. My family, growing up, didn't take that many pictures. I wish now, I had more.

  4. What a beautiful post about your mom. I still have my mom but my husband's mom passed away January of this year. This will be the first Mother's Day without her here. She was a neat and VERY organized person and was also one for proper grammer. It's still hard to believe she's not here anymore but we know where she is and she is not thinking about this old world.

    Happy Mother's Day.


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