Morning Glory! Rise and Shine

Submitted by Debbie White March 2011   Marriage is not only the joining of two people in matrimony it is a merging of two families as well. Debbie considered herself extremely fortunate to acquire Aletha Green as her mother-in-law. She dearly loved and respected her as much as her own mother. So often, in-laws can cause newlyweds unnecessary strife within their relationship but it was not so in this case. Aletha was warm and caring and let it be known how much she adored her new daughter-in-law. Debbie and her husband married in 1982. After about eight years of marriage they welcomed their new son Chris into the world. Of course, he was the apple of everyone’s eye. Aletha spoiled him as all grandparents tend to do. She made sure it was always a happy time when they came to visit. Her favorite way to wake them up in the mornings was to cheerfully call out, “Morning Glory…rise and shine!” Her happy little greeting stemmed from her love of morning glories. A unique feature of the flower is that in the spring they bloom every morning as the sun creeps up in the sky and it withers away at the end of each day. Aletha met each day with a smile on her face just like her morning glories. She had a kindness about her that just radiated out to those around her. Her optimism and love was inspiring. It was because of her outgoing, happy personality that the news of cancer was so heartbreaking. In 1996 Aletha was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. It was difficult for...

A Pink Balloon Please

Submitted by Susan James February 2011 Have you ever noticed how strict parents are with their first child? Being new to the game they try to do everything just right and have high expectations for how their children should be. Then with each additional child the rules that once applied slowly get pushed aside. When you are the youngest of multiple siblings you pretty much have it made. Oftentimes, you end up getting babied much to the chagrin of the older siblings. Susan was not a spoiled child but she was the youngest of seven. Her mother was much more forgiving by the time Susan came into the picture. For years Susan had the opportunity to develop a very close bond with her mother. They had more than just a mother/daughter relationship, they were actually friends. Susan deeply respected her mother and regularly looked to her for advice. It was difficult for the entire family when the mother they loved so deeply was diagnosed with cancer. Susan spent countless hours with her mother as she fought a long and exhausting battle with an unforgiving disease. She admired her mother’s fortitude but it was painful to see her as the disease slowly took over. When her mother passed away on May 5, 2009, it proved to be an overwhelming burden on Susan’s soul. She knew for quite awhile that this day would come but actually having to say goodbye was almost more than she could bear. The first few months following the funeral she fought the depression and sadness that frequently overcame her. So many times she simply could not...

A Saint’s Farewell

Submitted by Geri Maxwell January 2011 Having a child is not only a blessing it is also a lifetime of lessons. The day they come home from the hospital it begins. Sleepless nights, exhausting hours, and never-ending tasks become the daily routine. But God in his infinite mercy gave women an immense capacity for love and patience. When you find yourself with that small break in a hectic schedule and you are holding that sweet, helpless child in your arms it seems to make all the work worthwhile. As they continue to grow up, you praise God each time they complete a phase in their life that leads to their own independence. There are parents, however, that are not able to rejoice in those evolving milestones. Some parents face caring for a child with a handicap, either mental or physical, and find that the passing of time may not bring about the fulfillment of development. It takes special individuals to conquer such an ultimate test of fortitude and stamina. Geri’s ex-mother-in-law Marie was one such special individual. When Marie was twenty years old she delivered a baby girl that suffered a brain injury during childbirth leaving her mentally handicapped. Although she had four other children Marie never shirked her duties as a mother. She devoted her entire life to the care and nurturing of her baby girl that never really grew up. Thankfully she had her loving husband Domenick by her side providing that little bit of strength that she sometimes needed to continue on. For sixty four years Marie lived the life of a loving mother and wife....

The Iris Are Blooming

Submitted by Elaine Blakley January 2011 Fulfilling her annual tradition, Elaine strolled through her mother’s yard admiring the bright fresh blooms eagerly drinking up the sun’s rays. An incredible aroma filled the air as the scent from a multitude of flowers floated on the breeze. Her mother’s garden was always a wonderful place to be. The rainbow of colors gave the yard a happy, cheerful appearance that seemed to transfer the same feelings to whoever was near. Her mother was proud of the garden that had taken years for her to cultivate and loved showing it off. She was particularly fond of her iris. Elaine, in an effort to duplicate her mother’s success, had planted many iris bulbs in her own yard but sadly never achieved the results she envisioned. Her plants would come up year after year but because of an abundance of shade she was never able to enjoy the beauty of her own blooms. In spite of the disappointment of her own garden Elaine was thankful for the opportunity to spend time with her mother in hers. Within the sanctuary of her mother’s flowers all past differences between the two of them seemed to disappear. Like all mothers and daughters Elaine and her mother had their share of disparities. At a younger age she had felt some justification in placing blame on her mother. It was over twenty years ago that her parents divorced at her mother’s request and even though it had been a problem for Elaine then, she had long since gotten over that. As time progressed their relationship blossomed into one of mutual...

Wings of Love

Submitted by Sheila Bowman October 2010 Sheila woke up to a breathtaking array of pink and blue as the sun peeked over the eastern horizon. In their home the entire family was early to rise. Time was not to be wasted. If she hurried she might just catch her father before he left for work. His job at the farm kept him away from home from sunup to sundown. She got to the door just as he was about to open it and looked up waiting. He paused and looked down at her with complete adoration. He bent over and wrapped his strong sun baked arms around her waist as she planted her morning kiss on his cheek. Sheila said goodbye and he walked out the door. A familiar sound from the kitchen caught her attention. She peeked around the corner just as mom put breakfast on the table. By this time her two younger brothers, Stan and Mark, had joined them as her mother called out for the two oldest to come on. When Rubin and Roy made it into the kitchen they sat down together and ate their meager breakfast as if it were a feast. Afterwards, mom did the dishes as all the children got dressed. Sheila’s mother, Lottie B., worked just as hard to provide for her family. Her dedication to her husband and her children set an incredible example especially for her young daughter. Sheila could even recall her mother pulling her behind her on a cotton sack as she chopped and picked cotton in the fields. Even with her mother working to help...

My Mother, My Angel

Submitted by Lauren Keele April 2010 The importance of a mother’s role in our lives could not be emphasized enough. As children, our whole world revolves around them. We seek their approval in all that we do. We share with them our successes and our failures and it is through their words of encouragement that we gain confidence in ourselves. Being secure in the knowledge that their love transcends all other bonds, affords us the peace of knowing we are never alone. When we are afraid or feel threatened it is our mother that we turn to. Their fiercely protective nature provides us with a very strong sense of security. Our mothers are by far the largest contributor to the foundation we need to transition from childhood to adulthood as a happy well-balanced individual. Tragically some children lose that nurturing love at a much too early age. Lauren was excited at the prospect of getting to sing on TV. Her mother had come to pick her up so that she could inform the school that Lauren would not be there the following Monday. Bursting at the seams Lauren jumped in the front seat of the car. Her best friend and best friend’s brother got in the back. When all were safely in the car her mother began to pull away from the school. Unable to control the excitement Lauren climbed into the backseat to join her friends. Heading out, her mother made her way out of the neighborhood. She turned onto a major street then swerved violently to avoid something in the road. Losing control the car suddenly slammed...