A Tribute to My Mom

"one day you’ll understand…"

More often than not when we realized the full extent of our mother’s strivings and sacrifices on our behalf, we find it’s too late to say "thank you," or "you were right, mom", because she has passed on out of the picture of our present lives and surroundings.

One statement always voiced by mom and dad alike was "one day you’ll understand…"

I got to the point where I could mouth it as they were saying it. It was one of those ‘parent/son’ moments. I had been caught doing something I shouldn’t have been doing, or at least was about to. You remember, you felt that strong hand on your shoulder or worse that sharp pain, usually were you sat down. Most people who were children growing up in the 50’s & 60’s know just what I mean. Times were tough for us ‘youngsters’, wanting to establish ourselves into the family at such an early age.

My dad had died while I was just seventeen. My sister was married with children and my two older brothers were off in the military. It was just my mom and me. I grew very close to her during those hard times. I remember she prayed a lot, and not just for me, but even those that had moved on with their lives, my sister and my brothers. I watched her deny herself many times so I would have something. We worked hard and grew together sharing those times most often alone. I learn to sew my own torn shirt, even how to replace a button. Mom even showed me how to crochet, the whole time instilling in me a deep faith and appreciation for things that I couldn’t even see right then, but someday would…

Our parents sacrificed for us kids...

A few years later I finished high school and wanted to go to college. Something no one else in the family had a chance to do. It would be hard on the small pension she drew after dad died and the small income she made as a lunchroom helper at a local elementary school. We had another parent/son talk and I was told, "I don’t know how we’ll do it, maybe God will provide…"

Even though times were hard and I remember watching my mom count out change to pay bills, somehow we got through. We did eat a lot of ‘beans & baloney’ I recall. Mom would say she wasn’t hungry sometimes so I would have more to eat, and often later I would see her eating crackers & milk.

I stayed at home with mom until I was twenty-four, then joined the US Air Force and was finally on my own…, but not really. Even though I soon married and started my own family and after separation from the military, moved back close to mom and the ole home place.I still saw a need to be close by and check-in on mom; she was getting up in age. I still would mow for her and do any odd jobs around that she would find for me to do.

Mom’s children were her life. She never ceased to pray for us even though we still messed up at times. All us kids could always count on mom.

She touched the lives of all she met...

In 1999, two days after my 56th birthday and five days before Mother’s Day that year, that dear saint they we most affectionately known as mom, died. It was just a few months before her 92nd birthday. She had a beautiful funeral, many flowers, friends and all the remaining family came by. No one needed to worry about mom any more. Her life was her testimony. Her God and her children were the most important things in all her life. Mom had at last succeeded by being the best of mothers to her children. Her family was now all grown and finally out on their own.

Thanks again mom, for all you did for us; the many prayers and the sacrifices and yes, I think now we finally understand what you meant...

Signed:

The children

Peggy, Jimmy, Jack & Sammy

© 2010 SamSonS

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nadp 6 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

I am so glad you found my tribute hub - so I could find yours. No matter what our background, our experiences, knowing the true love that only a mother can give and the feelings that brings us are things we all can share. Thank you for sharing yours.

I assume you're "Sammy"? My Dad's name was Sam - and only his mother called him Sammy. He died when I was 30 and when my youngest daughter was born two years later we named her Samantha - for him. She's now 26 - Sam to all of her friends. But I call her Sammy.


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

samsons1. Hi. What an absolutely beautiful Tribute to a Mother from her Son.

Yes back then times were a little different, but you always knew that your Mother loved you unconditionally, in good times and no so good, and that was just the best feeling.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub, it was inspiring.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

We hope you have a great day on Mothers Day with your family :) :)


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks nadp & oliversmum for the nice comments and for joining my family of friends.


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

That's a wonderful tribute to your MOM. Your Mom's picture reminds me of my own Grandmother who lived till the age of 96 and never was bedridden because of the healthy life style she maintained. My Mom is no more too and i miss her a lot now.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Anamika for your nice commets and for viewing my site.


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

What a nice tribute to your mother. I enjoyed it very much. You are so right. We don't truly appreciate our mothers until they are gone. As a mother with grown children I, like your mother, pray for them daily. It somehow seems much easier to care for our children when they are small. When they are adults we must step back and try not to interfer. That leaves our only choice "Prayer". Prayer is powerful medicine though.

God Bless!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you Kristeen for your nice comments. Yes, we always have prayer but most people fail to use this power God has given each of us.

Blessings to you & yours this beautiful Mothers Day.


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow Samson the reason you are so blessed is because you are so loving son... great hub here my friend!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you General for the kind remarks...


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a2z50 6 years ago

samsons1,

Great work on this heart felt Hub !

Thank you for your time and following !

Ron

As always also rprcarz50


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks Ron, for reading my hub and your comments


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

wonderful perfect tribute, in fact your mom reminds me of mine, didn't have a lot but she made me feel we had it all.... great wonderful tribute.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Rebecca E., for your kindness. Yex, mom's are special.


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beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

I'm so touched by this hub. Recently my mom & I had quarreled. I'm the only child in the family and my father died when I was 20 years old (I'm 40 now). My mom is living with us.

Reading this hub makes me feel to reconcile with my mother before it's too late.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute to your mother.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

bless you beth811, and may God give you both grace to sustain. Life is too short and regrets harden and mark us. You and this reconciliation are in my prayers...


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beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

Thank you so much for your kind words, samsons1, very much appreciated.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! I'm sure she is smiling wherever she is now.

God bless!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you jill of alltrades, and welcome to our family of friends...


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Moms are greatest thing god can give to anyone..as we say in India, since god can not come to everyone so he sent mom to everyone in his place. very beautifully written hub.


Jen 5 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkjGYaIYXPg

Check out this tribute to mothers...it's nice! My mother passsed away too and watching this video makes me think of all the good things she's done...and even if she's not here anymore...what she did throughout her life makes a difference.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. It is so nice that you can truly appreciate all your mother did for you. Our stories are a similar. My Dad died when I was 14, I am the youngest of my family, and it too, was just me and my mother, until I got married. I lost my Mom this past October. I wrote a hub called "Grieving When You Lose Someone Close to You". Writing has helped me through the pain of losing her. your Mom seemed like a wonderful person. I am glad you wrote this about your mother, so I could know her through you. It is a very heartwarming hub. Rated up and beautiful.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much for your kindness and your positive ratings toknowinfo and I'm sorry about the loss of your mom last October. Our moms are indeed special people and I believe that was God's intention to place a loving, sacrificial, maternal being so close to each of us to nurture, teach and guide during our development, and that they leave a loving and lasting mark on our lives that direct us to Him and His omniscience and glory...


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katrinasui 5 years ago

This is simply a great hub. I enjoyed it.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you katrinasui, for your visit and also for your nice comments...


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

That was very nice, kinda like my mom, I'm going to call her now and say something nice :)


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much for your visit and your nice comments, and tell your mom hi for me...

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