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Sunday, May 12, 2013


Dear Mom, gone 2 years+

My faithful correspondent over the years, teacher of cooking, lover of cats, literate jokester, player of puns, mistress of doggerel poetry, music lover, who taught me to not only read but love what I read, I miss you on this day most of all.  You taught me that anything worth doing was worth overdoing.  Every word I play with comes from your guidance.

In my younger years, you allowed my to try things I couldn't do well until I COULD do them well.  My fondest memories are when I said "Mark Do", and you let me DO.  I would not be the person I am if you hadn't allowed "Mark Do", as frustrating as it must have been at the time.

In later years, when I slowly became an adult you were my Dear Friend and I somehow became a co-equal in your eyes.

I am not quite what you thought I would be, but more than you may have imagined.  I know what you desired of me and I am not that, but I have lived a full life in my own way.  You sent me out into the world to see what I would do and I did "my thing".  I wish you could see me now.  I think you would approve.

I have always remembered that you wanted a "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John" but you liked the name "Mark" best and gave me that name as the eldest child.   I have carried the name proudly but without the religious meaning.  You accepted that from my early teenage years to the last day I spoke to you and you were proud of me to the end of your days.

Thank you.




Katie Isabella said...

You have made my morning with this beautiful tribute to your Mother and your lovely comment on my blog as well.

I accept happily your wishes for a wonderful Mother's Day. You made my day a little more special with your thoughtful comment in tribute to your own Mom. They made me smile. I know she knew how much you loved and respected her as she certainly did you. Mom's know. They always do. So never you worry that she didn't take that love with her. And part of her lives on in you.

Mariodacatsmom said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother Mark. I loved seeing the picture of her too along with you. I'm sure she was very proud of you.

Mariodacatsmom said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother Mark. I loved seeing the picture of her too along with you. I'm sure she was very proud of you.

Katnip Lounge said...

The best Moms of all let us fly in our own direction--sounds like you had a wonderful Mom.


Tina T-P said...

A lovely tribute and what a happy and sweet picture. I'm sure she would have been very proud of how you took care of your dad too. T.

The Cat From Hell said...

Mark! I Love it! I miss my Mom so much! Moms are the best people! I try everyday to be to my kids (and their friends) the kind of Mom, my Mom was.
Sending you a Mom Hug

Shaggy and Scout said...

This was beautiful, Mark.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

What a beautiful tribute! I love the 'Mark do'! What an amazing woman she must have been!