I miss our phone conversations and our visits at least once a year. Thank God for Bob he always let me come back to Michigan at least once a year and never complained. He knew my home was in Pinconning with you and my brothers and sisters. You were my mother first and my friend second. As the years went by it still remained in that order. You let me know who was boss. In April, I had your car and I was with Agnes and Kathy at Agnes's cabin. I didn't come home. You began your phone calling at 8:00 am to Ron to find out where we were. Needless to say I was grounded and Kathy and Agnes were put in thier places as well. It didn't matter the age, you are still my mother is what you said. I scared you by not calling to let you know I wasn't coming back to Pinconning that night. Kenny thought it was funny and tired to stir up problems telling my husband he had to bail me out of jail. It took an entire day to let you know how sorry I was for scaring you and how much I loved you and I would never do it again. I'm an adult with kids of my own but Mom's are Mom's and always will be.
You taught me so many things, sewing, the love of flowers and gardening, Love for God, and letter writing. Even in November you were writing me any my family a card. I also was a teachers assistant, so to all of your students I helped grade papers late into the evening, decorated her room for each holiday and helped with the post office, store, chicken hatching, and we were constantly looking for caterpillars for the monarh butterfly hatch. To this day I don't remember what they look like. Help! We did this while we hoed the fields in the summer and she worked along side us. I loved being with her in her classroom it was an amazing place to be.
Mom you were a very soft spoken woman with grace and beauty. You never talked ill of anyone even when you were hurt by some. You have Two profound quotes: "And this too will pass" and "Forgive and forget 7,000 times, times 7" These are quotes that will remain in my rearing of my two daughters and as I continue on with my journey in life.
You and Dad raised a family to put God First, Family Second and the rest would fall into place. I will continue to work on this. I love you and miss you.
I know that you are dancing the polka with Dad, and have Peter and Kenny in your arms. Many hardships you have seen and you are with those who have set the table for a celebration of your life. I know you are pain free and laughing with all who surround you now. Remember that your family will be strong and I will try to continue on with your legacy of kindness, compassion, teaching and love for others.
I will keep the promise I made to you years ago.
Love your daughter,