Things I Would Say To My Mother If She Were Alive Today: A Tribute To My Mother

A Shadow Box I Made Of Mother's Handmade Things

These are pin cushions my Mother made.  One is dated 1939.  The watch she wore is here, and a photo of her.
These are pin cushions my Mother made. One is dated 1939. The watch she wore is here, and a photo of her. | Source

My Mother

My Mother was a little woman, not quite five feet tall. She weighed a little too much. Most of the excess weight was in her belly. I liked to watch her when she laugh, because her belly would jiggle. My Mother laughed a lot.

She had a natural wit. My Daddy teased her a lot, but she always had a “come back” for him.

Mother was my best friend. If I could just be half the person she was, I would be happy. She was a simple woman with simple desires. Her main desire was to be a good Mother, and she did that. I hope she knew while she lived how much I loved her and thanked her for all she did for me. I think she knew, but if she were alive today these are just some of the things I would say to her.

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My Bouquet Of Roses For My Mother

Thank You, Mother

Thank you for rocking and singing to me when I was a baby,

For keeping me safe and secure wrapped in your love,

For kissing my “boo boos” when I fell down learning to walk,

For making all the little dresses I wore to school,

For packing thousands of school lunches to me to eat,

For making me do my homework when I didn’t want to,

For making me to go Sunday School and learn the Ten Commandments

For driving me many miles; places I really didn’t have to go,

For taking me shopping even though your feet must have hurt,

For teaching me to cook, sew, and all the arts of housekeeping,

For instilling in me your love of nature and God’s creatures,

For teaching me the value of a dollar and how to save for a rainy day,

For always being there for me for every school function,

For sitting on hard bleachers to watch me play ball,

For all the encouragement you gave me when I thought I would fail,

For doing without new clothes yourself to make sure there was enough money for me to go to camp and take field trips,

For letting me spread my wings to fly away to a college far away,

For somehow managing to find the money to send me there,

For trusting me to make the right decisions in life,

For the many prayers you offered on my behalf,

If I could, I would thank you for everything you ever did for me. I would tell you how much I loved you and missed you. I would give you a big bouquet of red roses from my garden.

Someday I will have that chance when we see each other again in Heaven.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

How nice. Your Mom sounds like she was such a nice little lady. Loved reading about her. I hope my children feel that way about me. Voted Up.


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Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

Awwwee. Beautiful Mary! Yes, we should be thankful to our parents for what they did for us and have respect for them. The other fact is that we cannot repay them for what they do for us (and neither they ever want us to repay them). The only thing they wish for us is our good and happy fortune. Parents are awesome and they rock for what they do for us! Loved this hub!


Laney 4 years ago

Mom, you know I don't really "blog", but this one caught my eye...... I thought this was just beautiful!! I'm sure she is VERY proud of you as she watches down on your life. You've accomplished SOOOO much! I, too, wish I could be just 1/2 the woman my Mom is (and you know who SHE is) Happy Mothers Day and I love you!!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi moonlake, thanks for reading my Hub about my Mother. I think of her so often, but especially on Mother's day. Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. Bye for now....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

SnehaSunny, love your kitty cat! Thanks for the nice comment on my Hub about my Mother. Parents have a touch job, don't we? I'm so glad you liked my Hub.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a wonderful peom for your Mom, If only she could read it on Sunday. This you could do read it silently to her.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful, Joyce


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was crying through the verses. Such a lovely tribute and one that I am saying about my mother today. Thanks for the beauty of these words.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

Love your description of your mother! It added a bit of humor to the serious, something it sounds like she would have enjoyed. A fine tribute--and I'm sure "she knew." (:


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Joyce, thanks for reading my Hub about my Mother. I told her many times while she was alive how much I loved her, and I'm glad I did. Mother are SO very special! Yes I wish she were here to read this for herself. Thanks for the votes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345. Good to see you! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about my Mother. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful Mother; I still miss her. See you later....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi The Dirt Farmer. Yes, I think she knew how much she meant to me. Mothers are so special...we can never tell them how much we care too much. She was "one in a million".


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely tribute to your mother, mary! She must be laughing and jiggling as she reads it in heaven. It also appears, m'dear, that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree judging from the comment of Laney above. May this Mother's Day be your best.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, drbj. Thanks for reading my Hub about my Mother. Yes, she had a great sense of humor. As you can tell, Laney is one of mine (the oldest). Thanks for your nice Mother's Day wishes. All I want is a good meal. I hope they all got the hint! Bye for now....


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi mary, this was so beautiful, I must admit to tears when I read it. Each and every word I was nodding my head too. I wish I could tell my mum the same things, I hope you have a wonderful Mothers day you deserve it too, nell


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell Rose. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about my Mother. I'm so glad you were moved by my words. I intend to have a wonderful Mother's Day (if my kids take me out to dinner). Hope yours is good for you, too. Goodnight.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Killer stuff Mary615,

I needed a tissue for this one but I think Mother's Day is hard for all of us who lost a Mother.

JT


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, JT, thanks for reading my Hub about Mothers. I agree, Mother's Day is always tough for those of use who no longer have our Mothers. My Mom has been dead for a long time, but I still miss her. My best to you....


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Goodness gracious! Lord have mercy! Feeling chills with the words you have come up with. There is so much we can say about our mother's but, the main word that we can always say is, "love you mom!"


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Lord, you are SO right. The main thing is to tell our Mothers while they are living that we love them and appreciate them. Thanks for reading about my Mother. I always like it when you read my stuff and comment!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Very swwet Mary. I am sure the admiration flowed both ways.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, mckbirdbks. So nice to see you today! Thanks for reading about my Mother. I'm glad you liked it. I was very fortunate to have such a good, caring Mother. She was my very best friend. I hope you have a wonderful day.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A lovely tribute to your lovely mother! Your mother was a wonderful, caring and kind mother! You were indeed vey blessed to have a beautiful mother! Happy Mother's Day to you. Take care.

Voted up. Beautiful. Socially Shared.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, ishwaryaa22. I hope you are having a nice Mother's Day. Thanks for reading and commenting on my tribute to my Mother. Yes, I was truly blessed to have a Mother like her. Thanks so much for the votes and for the share, too! See you again, soon, I hope.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Happy Mother's Day, Mary615! This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am sure she would just love this special message. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful mother and such a caring daughter!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such a beautiful poem, mary, and a wonderful tribute to your mother. As I was reading your poem I was reminded of my own mother and of how she did many of the same things for me. Thank you for the memories. I hope you have a great Mother's Day, mary.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Maralexa. Thanks for reading my tribute to my Mother. Yes, I was very blessed to have such a wonderful Mother, and I miss her very much, especially today on Mother's Day. BTW I have a daughter named Mara. I love the way you combined your first and last name.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Alicia. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about my Mother. You had a wonderful Mother, too, I'm sure. I had a wonderful Mother's Day. My daughters took me out for a wonderful dinner.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Your mom sounds like mine, she always had a song, and sometimes she would drown out my rock song with one of her golden oldies...I would love her to do it again. Beautiful tribute.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Jackie Lynnley. So nice to see you today. Yes, I'd give a million dollars to hear my Mother sing again. I'm so glad you liked my tribute to my Mother. I was truly blessed. I hope you have a wonderful day.


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sammimills 4 years ago from California, USA

Wow. Beautiful tribute for for your mom. That's very sweet of you. Happy Mothers day to you!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, sammimills. Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub about my Mother. Yes, she was a very special person, and I will always love her and miss her. I hope you have a wonderful day!


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dbuddhika 4 years ago

According to Sri Lankan Culture; Mother's love for children is boundless,It emerges from the bottom of the heart.

Happy Mothers day to you!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, dbuddhika, thanks for reading my Hub on what I would tell my Mother if she were still alive. You are right; a mother's love knows no bounderies. She was truly my best friend, and I still miss her. Goodnight.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Mary, you have done your Mother proud with this beautiful hub. I think it's often not until years later that we truly realize how much our Mothers did for us, and like you said in the poem, they didn't have to! I loved how you showed how she loved you with her actions most of all. So lovely and thanks for writing.

My Mom was my best friend, too, so I can relate so much. Take care!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, prairieprincess. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about my Mother. Yes, Mothers do for us because they love us and only want the best for us. I am glad I told my Mom how much she meant to me while she was living. Thanks for the nice compliment.


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

Mary, that was so beautiful and touching, so simple and yet so profound, it brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry that your mom is not around to read this but I am sure she knew just how you felt about her. I will remember to tell my mom those things and indeed pick her the biggest bouquet of red roses from the store or somewhere where they can be found. Mothers are special and I am glad we can celebrate them all our lives even after they are gone.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good morning, donnaisabella. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about my Mother. I think that would be wonderful if you got some roses for your Mother, and tell her how much she means to you. I'd give a million dollars to talk to my Mother again. I hope you have a wonderful day.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

So touching, so beautiful, so brilliant! Your mom heard every word you wrote. When you get to those Pearlie gates she will be there with her and handout, welcoming her baby girl in her arms again. Beautiful Mary voted up!:)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, AEvans, so nice to see you today! Thanks for reading my Hub about my Mother. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing her again. I do miss her. Thanks so much for the votes, I appreciate that. Hope you have a wonderful day!


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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Mary I can tell, your Mother must have got a great deal of pleasure from seeing you grow up and become someone she could be proud of.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi 2uesday, what a nice comment you left me on my Hub about my Mother. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Well this will bring a tear to anyones eyes that misses their mother! Beautiful! Thank You!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good morning, Angela Brummer. How nice to see you today! Thanks for reading about my Mother, and thank you for the nice compliment. I'm happy you found my Hub beautiful. Have a wonderfuld day!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

My dear mother was also my best friend and I miss her dearly. It is nice knowing that you had the same relationship with your mother. This is a wonderful poem and tribute to yours. Thanks! Up votes and this needs to be SHARED. Sounds like you are the same kind of mother! :)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! Who knows your mother have read your hub while watching you over your head, writing this very touching poem. Thanks for sharing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Peggy. Thanks for reading my Hub about my dear Mother, and the nice comment. Mother died in 1951, and I still miss her and would like to talk to her! Thanks for the votes and for the share. I just added a photo of a little memory box I made in her honor. Thanks so much. Hope you have a wonderful day!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thelma Alberts, good morning! I'm happy you read my Hub about my Mother; she was one of a kind. Yes, I like to think she is with me all the time. I looked at her old cook book and intended to write a recipe from her book, but before I knew it, it was as though she spoke to me, and I had to write a Hub about her and her life. It isn't published yet, I'm working on it. Watch for it. I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Beautiful sentiments, and you've reminded me that I'm very lucky to still be able to say these things to my own mother - I can 'tick off' every one of the things your mother did for you, as things mine has done for me too. I'm going to go and phone her right now and take her out for lunch tomorrow. Thank you for the wonderfully written reminder - and I'm sure from the lovely way that you express your feelings in this that your mother knew just how much you loved her.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Redberry Sky, Yes, you are very lucky to be able to tell your Mother in person how much she means to you. My Mother has been dead many years, but you know, I still miss her and wish I could talk to her. Your Mother is lucky she has a caring daughter like yourself to will take the time from her own life to call and take her to lunch. Give my best to your Mom!

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I like the addition of the shadowbox photo. Nice touch! Glad that I came back again and got to see it.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and look at the shadow box of my Mother's things. These things are just so precious to me.

My best, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Beautiful, Mary. A wonderful tribute to mum. I must say that as I go through your hubs everyday, I find something inspiring, and you're one of the most sincere writers I've read! Thanks for a lovely tribute and you're mum, who's reading this from heaven, will love it too. Shared!!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother, Mary, and I love the memento shadowbox.

I think all of us who have lost our moms would like the chance to talk to them again, especially to thank them for all they did for us and gave us. The fourth anniversary of my own mother's death is next month, and I still miss her very much. I find myself "talking" to her in my mind when I read or see something I think she would like. She will always live in my memory...as does your mother.

Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful.

Jaye


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

What a sweet hub and I'm sure your mom is smiling down on you :).


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. Thanks for the lovely compliment about my Hubs, you just made my day! My Mother has been dead for 30 years, and you know what? I still miss talking to her.

Thanks so much for reading and for the share. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jaye, We will never have anyone in our lives as important as our Mothers were. I'm so sorry you have lost your best friend, your Mother. I still miss mine. You will always remember the things she liked that you would like to share with her.

Thanks for reading and for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Alecia. Thanks for reading about the things I'd say to my Mother. She was one of a kind. I look forward to seeing her again one day.

I'm so glad you found my Hub sweet: thanks, Mary


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awww Mary, this hub is too sweet. A great idea also. A thank you letter to your mom. I bet you are just as amazing as your mother :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, Sunshine625. Thanks for reading about what I would say to my Mother, and for the sweet compliment.

I'd like to think I'm like my Mother, but I could never fill her tiny little shoes!

Goodnight, Mary


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austinhealy 4 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

No matter how old we get, a mother's love, for those fortunate enough to have experienced it, never goes away. I had a wonderful mother, both my parents were, and I learned so much from them. Actually, my entire behavior today, long after they passed away is based on their teachings and will remain that way for as long as I live. Thank you for a great hub giving the opportunity to pay a tribute to mothers all over the world


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, autinhealy. Nice to see you! You were fortunate to have had good, caring parents. So many children growing up today can't say that. I am so grateful for having a wonderful Mother and Father.

Thanks for reading and commenting, My Best, Mary


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Mary, this is a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I am sure I would have loved her too if I had a chance to know her. I love a woman with a sharp wit who puts family first. I love that it was your Mom who taught you to love nature too. She must have been an amazing mother and I know she is proud of her daughter. Thank you for sharing her with us.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Irc7815. Yes, I'm sure you would have loved my Mother; everyone who ever met her loved her. She was just a special lady. I do hope I made her proud during her lifetime, too.

Thanks for reading, and for the nice compliment, Mary


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Mary,

What a tender and heartfelt tribute...I feel as though our Mothers were very similar in values and the way they raised us. I know we are similar in the way we love our Mommas to this day.

My Mom loved roses as well...just lovely. So glad you shared this.

Voted UP and Awesome and Beautiful. Hugs, Maria


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi marcoujor. Thanks so much for reading and for the sweet comment. My Mother has been dead for over 30 years, and I still miss her. She was my best friend.

Thanks for the votes, I do appreciate that, hugs back to you! Mary


tenakha 3 years ago

Really beautiful poem. Thank you. Moved me. We so under-appreciate our mothers ... until they are no longer with us.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, tenakha. So nice to "meet you" today! I am so happy my poem moved you. Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Beautiful Mary; I am seeing my mam tomorrow for Mother's Day and I think Mams should have more than one special day :o) Your mam sounds like she meant the world to you, beautiful hub, shared etc.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jools99. You are so fortunate to still have your Mother. I still dream about my sweet Mother even though she has been gone over 30 years. We were best friends!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and the share. Mary


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torrilynn 3 years ago

mary615,

this is a really great tribute that you have here for your Mother.

Im lucky that my mom is still here with me. I've shown her the tribute I did for her

and she loved it. I understand that the best way to tell someone how you really feel is

right away because anything can happen at anytime. it is scary but it is true.

thanks again Voted up and shared


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Very touching. I love the shadowbox of your mother's things. A great idea for a remembrance. Your mother seems like she was a wonderful person and great mom. I know she knew how much you loved and appreciated her.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,torrilynn. I'm glad you like the tribute I wrote for my Mother. You are so right: we don't always tell our Mothers just how much we appreciate them until it is too late.

Thanks so much for reading, the vote and the share. I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, truthfornow. I'm glad you like the shadow box I made of some of my Mother's things. Yes, she was a wonderful lady. I've always hoped I could be just half the Mother she was to me.

She and I were very close, and I told her often how much I loved her.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Mary, this is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful mother. I know I would have loved her if I had known her. And, I know she is proud of the woman you have become.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Irc7815. Thank you for reading and for the nice compliment on my tribute to my Mother. Everyone who ever knew this wonderful woman loved her, and I know you would have, too!

My best, Mary


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BROTATI 3 years ago from Kolkata

What a lovely hub. My father passed away last year and I always think of the things I wish I had told him.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, BROTATI. So nice to "meet you" today. Thanks for reading and I'm happy you liked my Hub. I guess all of us wish we had told our parents just how much they mean to us.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful, Mary. I love the shadow box idea also. Rated this one UP/U/B and sharing


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Denise Handlon. Thank you for the nice compliment. I'm so glad you like the shadow box I made of Mother's things.

I do thank you for the votes and the share, too.

I still miss this wonderful little lady. Mary


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother, I am so sorry for your loss. I couldn't imagine how painful this must have been for you. Great hub, voted up, more and shared.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sharing this lovely tribute again, Mary!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Mary615,

This is so very beautiful and something we can all relate too. I'm guessing you said these things, not in so many words, when she wasy here. Your love is obvious!

Up and Beautiful!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi prettynutjob. I'm happy you like my tribute to my Mother. After all these years, I still miss her. She was truly one of a kind.

Thank you so much for the nice comment,the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi midget38. Thank you so much for all your support here on HP. You are a dear friend.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Canthearmescream. So nice to "meet you" here today. Yes, I told my Mother many times how much she meant to me, but I don't think you can ever say enough to your Mother to let her know you love her.

Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Mary615,

Thank you and the same to you! I don't think you can ever say it enough; my mother is still fortunately alive and I tell myself that I need to say it more! Having your own kids puts it into perspective doesn't it?


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Cantuhearmescream. You are fortunate to have your Mother still with you. Never let a day go by that you don't tell her how much she means to you.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, Mary


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Mary,

Good morning to you too! You know it's funny... I've always adored my mother and I realized very early how lucky I was (I had something of a June Cleaver) kind of mother. Of course, I made the typical Handmade Mommy things at school and always kissed her goodnight and said I loved her. But just a couple of years ago, with 2 kids of my own now, I was driving down the road, some sad song playing on the radio and I got thinking about how hard being a mother really is. How much love is needed and how everything that matters is our kids. How we don't even give second thought to making their needs met and then some. How nobody really stops and says "Thank you" every day. I had some kind of epiphany of how my mother mananged to be a great wife and even better mother, to 3 children and I don't remember having heard a whole lot of thank yous in those 18 years or so, though she could've used several a day. I called her crying... I could barely get the words out I was crying so hard. I told her that I just wanted her to know how much I love her, how great of a mother she had been and I would be honored to be half the mother she was, she cried and I know it meant a lot. In comparison to what they do, mothers are probably thanked the least. I love that you did this, it is so important! You have a wonderful Mother's Day as well and thank you!

Cat


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Cantuhearmescream. You had me in tears with your latest comment. My Mother was a June Cleaver type, too.

Being a Mother is truly the hardest job in the world. Thank you for reminding me that I had written a Hub on just that. I have added a link to that Hub now. Motherhood is truly a thankless job, but after the children have grown up and you can see what a wonderful job you did in raising them, that is all the thanks you will ever need. You will be so proud of them, just as I am now of my four, and the grandchildren I adopted at an early age.

I can just tell you are a wonderful Mother!

Hub hugs to you, Mary


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Mary,

Aw, thanks. I guess we were quite lucky to have some June Cleavers, you don't see many of those around these days. I knew the minute I read this hub and your profile that you have a lot of love to give and those you give it to have to feel it. I'm going to have to check out that other hub! Thank you so much... you made my day!

Hugs back to you!

Cat


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

O Mary

How sweet and heartfelt this is...Our Mothers did teach us so many things that we may not have understood the reason for at the time but that we found out to be so true later!!!

Thank you for sharing this remarkable Mother with us...

Angels are on the way :) ps


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi pstraubie48. So nice to see you today! How true that our Mothers tried to teach us many things that we had no way of appreciating until we had children of our own.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

With Mother's Day only 2 days away, it is a time of year that those of us who have lost our mothers can't help but be reminded of them...not that we don't think of them often anyway. I know that you do and not a day goes by that I do not think of my wonderful mother. Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day of your own and will once again share this sweet hub with my followers.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W. Yes, I know from your beautiful Hubs how much your Mother meant to you. I always enjoy looking at the photos of her you include in some of your Hubs. She was a lovely lady.

I still miss my Mother, and wish she were here so I could tell again just how much she meant to me.

Thanks so much for sharing this Hub in time for Mother's Day. Mary


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Mary, This is wonderful poem. A mother is first woman in anyone's life and she is the most beautiful and gorgeous woman but more than that she is the one whose love is selfless. She always looks for the betterment of her children. Very appropriate poem for the mothers day. Sharing this hub here and voting up.


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Excellent hub and interesting hub.. thanks for sharing...


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Indian Chef. So nice to "meet you". Yes, a Mother's love is completely selfless. Mothers are indeed precious and everyone should love and respect them, always.

Thank you so much for the vote and the share. Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi vertaulit. I'm happy you enjoyed reading my Hub and for the nice compliment, Mary


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

Just a beautiful mothers day thank you and I love you article Mary, wow I enjoyed each and every line you managed to scribe here. I agree with Joseph De Cross the keywords " I love you mom" is very fitting here indeed. You expressed such a thing in so many wonderful ways and I commend you on rendering such a love back towards your mother.

Reading this hub actually brought back memories of my mother and I miss her as well, she is up there in heaven with you mom celebrating the glory of it all for sure.

Thumbs up and out Mary, you truly are blessed and your mom has done a lovely job for sure!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Oh Mary - this was absolutely gorgeous - and heart wrenching! Mother's day is a difficult time for me also - as i lost my mother in 1998 - to GAMBLING!

one day - she just....lost her mind - and within a year had completely disassociated with her entire (very small) family - including me AND my kids - her only 2 grandchildren..

i've naught put that in writing before, but - after reading so many tributes to missed mothers who have passed - it's hard to express feelings for a missed mother - who has NOT passed..

wow..that was cathartic..

sorry..


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Hi Mary, I think this is a beautiful hub. It sounds like your mother gave you the building blocks for living a blessed life. The Lord seems to have his hand on her and you and it's really nice to wake up to first thing this morning. Voting this up and I'm sharing.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi CloudExplorer. What a beautiful comment you made to me. Yes, if I could just be half as good a Mother as she was, I would be happy.

I still miss this wonderful lady even after all these years.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi ImKarn. I so sorry you had a Mother who has disappointed you. I know you love her and she loves you, too. The poor lady just has a problem. I can only imagine how sad that makes you. There is still hope for her, you know.

You are so sweet to read my Mother's Day tribute and comment, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Kasman. Yes, my Mother was a Christian and was a God fearing lady. She tried to teach me values and morals for which I am grateful.

Thank you so much for commenting and sharing, Mary


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful and heart-touching!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Made a return visit to this Mary and enjoyed it again; very touching. We had mother's day in March and I thought about all of my friends who no longer have their mams and it made me appreciate mine all the more.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Lovely. You were blessed to have such a Godly mother. This tribute is very much what my mom was all about. Have a great Mother's Day!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi MartieCoetser. I'm so happy you found my tribute to my Mother beautiful. Thank you, Happy Mother's Day, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jools99. Thank for the return visit.That is a nice compliment and I thank you very much. You are fortunate that you still have a Mother to love. Give her a hug from me, OK?

Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345. So nice to see you on this Mother's Day. Yes, my Mother was a saint!

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, too. Mary


andrew44 2 years ago

Im 13 right now and im afraid to face the facts that my mom and dad are going to pass away i don't think i can stand the reality that the people ive grown up all my life with will someday be gone off somewhere else. Ive always wondered what happens when you pass away. Always make good decisions, love your parents as much as you can and enjoy life to the fullest.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi andrew44 Yes, it is sad when you lose a parent. I've lost both of mine and I still miss them terribly. Just always tell your parents how much you love them, and try to make them proud of you.

My best to you, Mary


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago

Mothers are there to fulfill our every need as we are growing up. Love your special message. Blessings, Debby


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Debby I'm so happy your enjoyed my special Mother's Day message. My mother has been dead for 30 years and I still miss her.

Thanks for reading and commenting, my best, Mary


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a beautiful tribute! I love the shadow box. It's such a great idea to commemorate a loved one in that way.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Victoria Lynn. So nice to see you!

Thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub and the shadow box I made.

I love looking at her things she made. Goodnight.


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Mary, this is the most beautiful tribute ever, so heartrending. I believe you are so much like your mother more than you realize. I just know she knows just how much you love her.

I praise God every day for blessing me with such a wonderful mother in this life. It will be a lovely day when I see her sweet smiling face again.

You are an amazing daughter.

I know this is a Mother's Day tribute, but being this month is Celebrating Women Month, if you do not mind, I would love to link this beauty of a hub on my celebrating women hub.

Looks like you published this two years ago, so I did not know you then but I had just joined HP.

I love the shadow box full of your mother's special treasures. Wonderful idea.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

God bless you, lovely woman


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Faith. Thanks for taking the time to read my tribute to my Mother. She was a great lady, and make many sacrifices for me, as I know your own Mother did for you. I read your beatutiful Hub written as a Celebrating Women's Month, and I would be pleased to have you link this Hub with yours. Yes, I wrote my tribute for Mother's Day, but I think we should give thanks and celebrate our Mothers every day of the year!

Thanks so much for the nice comment, the votes, and all the shares.

Much Hub love and blessings to you, too, Friend, Mary


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

I came back to get your link of this beautiful tribute. I had to finish replying to comments.

God bless you


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Faith Reaper, Thanks for taking the time to link this Hub into your beautiful tribute to women. I still miss my Mother; she was my very best friend!

I hope you have a blessed weekend, Mary


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

What a beautiful tribute to your mom Mary! How I wish I have a chance to say those lovely words you mentioned. Sadfully my mother is in heaven, too. Advance Mother´s Day! We have Mother´s Day on Sunday here in Germany.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Thelma Alberts I told my Mother often how much I loved her. She was my best friend. She's been dead for many years, but I still miss her. I'm looking forward to Mother's Day Sunday. My four children are planning a dinner in my honor. I am blessed to have them.

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