A Tribute To My Mom

A Tribute to My Mom, Wava Marshall. Today the memory center where my mom lives sent me 4 photos of my mom via email. I am always SO glad to get things from them because I live about 5 hours away and really miss my mom. Anything I can get to let me know shes doing well is always an encouragement. A big thanks goes out to my sister, as well. She lives in the same city that our mom does and checks in with her most every day and is great about keeping me up to date on how she is doing.

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I wanted to share this particular picture because it is of my mom doing what she has always enjoyed most; working in the kitchen. Shes not able to cook like she used to because of Parkinsons Disease and Dementia, but I'm so thankful that the place she has moved to gets her involved in activities in the kitchen. I know shes happiest there of anyplace in the world.

My mom is responsible for most of the HUGE library of recipes that I have as well as my love of cooking. I didn't always enjoy cooking, but am finding that the older I get, the more fun I have doing it and the more I like to try new recipes. I have a husband who loves to eat and that helps!

I'm truly thankful for all the teaching my mom did, even when I wasn't being very teachable, as a young girl. I'm glad she made me learn how to cook and care for a family and truly, that is where my heart is now and has always been. I will never teach the gourmet cooking classes, have the cake decorating business or publish a cookbook like she did, but I have learned invaluable lessons from this lady, and not just about cooking.

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Mom taught me how to treat people with respect and love and more than anything else, that has made a huge impact on my life. I hate to see my mom in the shape she is in, but truly Im thankful for what the memory center is doing for her. She is more active and happy than she has been in years. They have really encouraged her to stay as busy as possible and what she can. I think she has found she can still do more than she thought she could, even with the shaking of her hands.

Thanks, Mom, for all you've taught me. You have all my love and appreciation forever.

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November 2, 20120 found this helpful

That is a really beautiful tribute to your Mom. We lost my Mom to pancreatic cancer 5 years ago, and I still miss her tremendously. Like you, I was blessed with a wise and loving Mom who taught me how to cook and bake, but more importantly, how to be kind and gracious.

With nine children and the small business she and my Dad ran, both my parents found time to be very busy volunteers in our community. School board, PTA, church boards, fire department (my Dad), driving home-bound individuals to doctors appointments, etc.

I'll never know how they found the time to do it. But they taught us all an important lesson about giving of ourselves and sharing in some of the many blessings we'd been given. If I live to be half the woman my Mother was, I'll consider myself a success.

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Enjoy your Mom while you have her. Even though things are not the same as they were, you are still blessed to have her with you.

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November 2, 20120 found this helpful

My mom just passed away two days ago on October 31, 2012. She had Alzheimers and was 93 1/2. Your tribute is beautiful and I think of what my mom taught me. I love to crochet, she taught me when I was a preteen since I used to follow her around and want to know what she was doing and was it easy and could she teach me. I think she taught me just to keep me quiet, never realizing it would become a lifelong passion.

She gave me strength and independence. She believed in me and I learned so much from her. She had a hard life yet she rose above it. Even with a lack of education (she came from Italy and back then, they would leave school to help support the family), she was brilliant.

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Treasure your moms, no matter what the age you are or she is when she passes, it will leave a void in your life.

LI Roe

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November 3, 20120 found this helpful

Dear Robin,
What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother! Thank you for posting that, it was so heart-warming and reminded me to cherish the things I learned from my mom, who's been gone 10 years now. I lost her to a stroke at the age of 81 in 2002, very suddenly.

My mom grew up in the Great Depression and had a hard life, which only got better for a few years, then turned difficult again for another stretch. My mother worked until she was about 76 (part-time the last few years), on her feet in a retail store. No matter how tired she was, she never complained.

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I miss her every day, and am thankful for the things I learned from her. Sometimes I catch myself doing something that would be just like her - a phrase I say, or expression I make, and it reminds me I should try to be more like her. I collect a lot of the recipes you post, and have tried a few - all wonderful.

You and your mom are good cooks! It must be nice to know that favorite family recipes will live on through being passed around through a network of friendly people like ThriftyFun. Best wishes to you and your mom. Please enjoy the time you have together. Sincerely, Rose Marie W.

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November 13, 20120 found this helpful

A lovely tribute to your Mom. Yes, accepting "what is" can be a greater challenge sometimes than what "was". I read the three other posts and all of them are just lovely and thoughtful, also.

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