Mom Through the Years

At the tender age of one
At the tender age of one
A big girl at five
A big girl at five


You burst forth like a new bloom

Coming into this world in Riga

In the merry month of May on the 26th in 1911

You grew into a wonderful little girl

Your long hair so lovely

Childhood summers in the country with relatives

The goat you brought back to the great joy of your mom

Goat walking in the Riga parks

Until back with relatives it went

Yes, you were a clever and happy child

School years
School years
University time
University time


Your youth was full of university joys

And the many friends you had

You never stopped to think for a moment

That just as quickly it would all go away

Mom when she first arrived in Germany
Mom when she first arrived in Germany
Mom and dad shortly after marrying in Germany
Mom and dad shortly after marrying in Germany


War and occupation stopped happy times

You were lucky to find love in wartime

I know dad was your one true love

You both had the chance to begin again

In a world that was strange to you

Mom and me
Mom and me
We are family - the three of us
We are family - the three of us
Lat pic of mom and dad together in 1967
Lat pic of mom and dad together in 1967


Then you had me and joy once again smiled upon you

The years they flew by so quickly

All too soon your love was gone

But you had to move on

At least there were the two of us

And God gave us many happy years together


You got older but your beauty still shined through

I know you’ll be with me till eternity

To guide me along and comfort me

You are and always will be my guiding light

Shining brightly in the dark of night

Thank you mom it cannot be said enough

Forever loving you

Happy Birthday from me to you

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Wonderful words for your mother. It is great you can have such terrific memories. I love the old pictures and am enjoying the video.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Your mom was beautiful, and so is your poem! Loved it, brought tears to my eyes....

Voted up, and awesome!


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

Great words of love devoted to your mother... Nice classic pics...

For all daughters who love their mothers... Voted up


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you for your nice comment wetnosedogs. Glad you liked the pics and the video.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment and vote La Thing. Glad you liked this and yes, mom was really beautiful and I miss her much.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment and vote Vidya and glad you liked the pics. Mom was wonderful.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It's hard to even comprehend what all your parents went through. Such a moving poem-- and pictures. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

what a wonderful tribute to your lovely mom .. I love the pictures.. they sure take me back.. have you wrote a story a book about your parents? it would be fascinating..

if so where is it I would love to rad it

Blessings to you 'debbie


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Beautiful, awesome, and inspiring to your mom and moms who just happen to read this awesome tribute.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great tribute to an important person in your life. Who could be more important? The photos accent the times of her life and of yours. Beautiful, awesome!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you liked this and the pics Unnamed Harald. Thanks for the vote. I can tell you that what everyone went through during the war years I'm still amazed that they had the courage, the strength and were able to set up new lives and begin again.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

Beautiful pictures GRL, and a nice hub. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment Debbie. Glad you liked the pics. I have several hubs about my parents they are under my True Stories group.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you liked my tribute to my mom Dee. Miss her lots but I know she's with me and in my heart. All great moms should have tributes to them.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment and vote xstatic. Mom was super, her life wasn't easy but she remained a wonderful person through it all.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much blake4d and glad you liked the pics.


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cruelkindness 4 years ago from an angle view.

I love those vintage pics, your moms smile seems so genuine and happy. I feel like you have that fun loving persona based on our interactions and comments with me and others on hubpages.

You have a glowing soul.

Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great birthday tribute to your mom. !!

this is what love is all about.!!!!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Oh Gypsy what a wonderful honour to give to your Mum! I have to say that it's a long time since I've seen such a beautiful smile like your Mum's. It really just beams out with love and joy!

I love this tribute and the photographs are wonderful!!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment cruelkindness. Glad these pics have survived the ages and yes, mom was a very sociable person.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you liked my tribute to my mom cleaner3. Always will love her.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Seeker7 and glad you enjoyed this tribute to my mom and the pics. Mom was a real beauty and a wonderful person.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Gypsy, your dear Mother is so beautiful and this tribute is precious and fitting for those treasured memories that you hold dear. Beautiful words and photos through difficult and happy times and so joyful looking through these moments with Paul Anka's words in the background. A very special birthday tribute for a very special lady. My votes and best wishes to you dear Gypsy, from Annie.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What a lovely tribute to your Mother; it must have taken quite a while to get all those great photos together. You must be like her, I think.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Annie and the vote. It's amazing that everything she went through mom was always smiling and happy. She just made it all happen. Glad you like the pics.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment and glad you liked the pics Blossom. Yes amazing that all of these photos have survived. Loved mom lots. That's a good question about being like her, perhaps in a way but everyone always said in looks that I resembled my dad more. Who knows...


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Amazing tribute, with so much love in it. Gorgeous story in pictures, such a stunner was your mama! It is bittersweet but so heart-warming and deep!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment BeyondMax. Mom was a real beauty and a wonderful person. I miss her much but I know she'll always be somewhere nearby. Glad you liked the pictures they've certainly survived the ages.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

What a wonderful way to honor your Mom on her birthday. Voted up and beautiful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Thank you so much for your comment and the vote dmop. Glad you liked my tribute to mom. She was a great lady.

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