A moms epic philosophy

I loved this woman, and she made me into who I am today, may the lord bless her soul. RIP Mirna Reyes, Mother of 5 wonderful men.
I loved this woman, and she made me into who I am today, may the lord bless her soul. RIP Mirna Reyes, Mother of 5 wonderful men.

She was pretty and intense


My mom as I stated earlier in the previous hub "A GrandFather's Philosophy", was second runner up in the equation of building me into the man I've become. She had read a great deal of books all throughout her youthful experience and adult life, and so her library in itself did the job for helping motivate me to challenge my mind.

I always stared at them great books of my mothers when I was a child, in awe. Mainly, because they all looked quite challenging to read for sure. As soon as I grew much older into my teenage years, I began blowing through many of them books one book at a time. Rather then waste time watching television all the time, like the average kid would do. I simply began to fall in love with reading as she did, and it was my first love at that. Don't get me wrong though I also enjoyed cartoons, and watching a great deal of TV, just not all day and night.


Reading was contagious

Over the years I became a book worm like her, and it was an awesome experience to travel along the pathways that she has already crossed, and into the various domains of great authors, whom all had left their mark on my mother’s mind.

Of course she had spoke to me, lectured me about life with her own version of it all, but none of that could compete with her love of reading, and then I also witnessed her get into writing on paper, and she did it with great elegance.


Just a small part of the Reyes Family & we are from Honduras

I have a great deal of differing ancestors that derive from many places, my mother was from Honduras, Central America, she had African ancestors as well as Native American (Thiano, Mayan, & Garifuna people), and also Spaniard
I have a great deal of differing ancestors that derive from many places, my mother was from Honduras, Central America, she had African ancestors as well as Native American (Thiano, Mayan, & Garifuna people), and also Spaniard

Neatness and punctuation = Professionalism & Success

Her hand writing was very unique indeed, and what it made me want to do at times, was to try and emulate her ability to place thought powers into worded form as she had done with ease it seemed. I read her words quite often, and that must have been how I learned to understand, sentence structure, and many years before I had gotten the opportunity to learn anything in school.

She had great expectations for me, as she told me back when I was around 10 years old, that I was placed into a specialized learning center for gifted kids, and before entering kindergarten, around the year 1980. I highly recommend other parent's to do the same if they feel that their young children are advanced learners, because it can help give your child a head start on things educational wise.

She must have done this for me due to my early ability to talk, and be fully able to carry a fluid adult like conversation with elders and at such young ages of 3,4, & 5 years old. In that learning center, which was named at the time ABC Land, they primary focused on children being neat with their work, recognition of differing objects, shapes, animals etc, and eye hand coordination was a huge factor.



This poem is dedicated to my beautiful mother "I love you mom"

I'm the tall bald dude in the middle, she raised us all to be good men, we try our best to be kind, caring and loving to others

Me & All of my brothers
Me & All of my brothers
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Love life - Lessons learned

Mom's was very graceful, spontaneous, and super loving as you can see with her kool-aid smile in that cool photo holding my youngest brother, but most of all she was fun to be around. (This was about 20 years ago in that image there)

One thing she always use to talk to me about was the love department, but before preparing me for her in depth lectures all about the birds, and the bee's thing. Somehow she showed me how to love someone. Just as any loving mother would show their child affection, simply by using her affectionate side of hugging and her loving kisses of a caring mom.

Now since she never had a daughter she may have been a bit over affectionate with me, and I became the momma's boy of the family, as her second born.

What was funny though is she tried to spoil me, but I wasn't quite the spoiler, for some reason I always maintained my cool even when I was a baby, and never stepped out of line, even during my terrible two year and thereafter.

I was told by her that I was the best pregnancy she had, out of all of my 4 brothers. My older brother was a rough bam bam type of baby, and seemed to get worse at being a loud tough young boy, as the years progressed, but I on the other hand was always quiet, and became very easy to manage even during my adolescent phases growing up, which I must admit I was the shy type, and a bit introverted as well.

This made it easier for her to mold me into a type of person who has strong sensitivity to sense pain that someone is going through. My mom also helped me to learn how to listen to people with a very keen ear, so maybe potentially detect inner qualities that the average male may simply ignore at times of being loud or obnoxious, or may never be able to detect and even coming from their wives or girlfriends as well.

I think that aspect of her philosophy on life wasn't intentional to be taught to me by her, but it happened automatically. Mainly because she spoke to me all the time about life, and I had no choice but to listen. Now, this love thing mom really had wanted me prepared for, was something pretty intense, and thanks to her I had it mastered, or at least I had thought and long before being released from the cage of adolescence, "Haha!"


Her Philosophy focused on education and sharing wisdom about life

She was a solid foundation of learning for me, and so I must say my mother was second runner up in being most influential in my life, and even though much of her wisdom I choose not to follow in my daily life, and mainly because she focused on a differing religious belief system then most people of today actually, her philosophy on things as a whole compelled me to think the way I did back then, and even till this very day.

How she looked at things like the earth's geography, history, cultural aspects, and humanity as a whole, was a philosophy in itself which all began for me through my mothers eyes, because her stories she spoke of all the time, had formulated huge parts of my minds views and perspectives, and all the way up until grade school when things began to reshape a bit, then at college many years later, it all had helped me to uncover the rest. Much of my moms personal philosophies were pretty accurate on life as a whole, and what I had uncovered through education had solidified my home schooling pretty much by her, which she managed to teach us all besides having to go to school.


Responsibility

Choirs was the key element that my mother had focused primarily upon through out my youth, and its imperative for all children to learn at a very young age. She was very stern when it came to things like washing the dishes, cleaning my room, washing clothing, organizing my personal stuff and this helped me to learn to take care of things I owned, and also it taught me to be more responsible.

Personal hygiene came next on the list of things for me to do, she was a stickler, when it came to me and my brothers having to keep ourselves clean all of the time. So I learned the importance of maintaining my appearance, my outer extremities, and all of our precious body parts in tact, which requires consistent tending to like teeth, and grooming, maintaining hair style etc.....


Becoming a hard working man was all of her doing

Work was also something my mother was strict about, and as soon as I hit 14 years of age, she made sure I got my working papers. So, I had to run out there and find me a job every summer time during school break, and all the way till I became 18.

I would soon move on to earning myself a position working at a ladies shoe store, which was a really cool learning experience in itself, and that summer she pushed and encouraged me even more, because the summer youth program I was working for since 14 years of age, had ended and I was now in the pool of adults, and working on their level of intensity, and responsibility as well.


She was against me joining the Military, but I was stubborn as well

At the age of 23 I entered into the Military, and due to my mothers philosophy on life, I followed her lead, and did the right thing, and after dropping out of college though. I was a 4 year Civil Engineering student, at Manhattan College in New York City, prior to that, but it was something I had to do, just like many people have done. (I had my issues with college, dropping out of college, manhood adjustments, leaving her loving home etc... and the comforts of being mothered yes, but I survived to be able to tell this awesome tale and true to life story.)

Joining the US Navy was a huge change, and I will never forget my mothers words of wisdom she spoke to me, her teachings of guidance with being organized, strict in ways of learning to be more respectful to elders, to people of authority, and to abide by the laws and powers that be.

This helped me to make it through as a Naval Aviator, it helped me to become a professional in my craft and trade of expertise, and I successfully completed 10 years of Active Duty Military service with her help all along the way as well, until she had passed away from breast cancer back at the later end of 2007. "May the lord bless her soul."


The Navy made a true professional career oriented person out of me. I was already a man though by then, but needed a strong foundation of knowledge and skill set to live by, and thanks to my naval leaders they helped me to complete my maturation process on the more professional level.




This woman who started it all is my lovely grandmother. I never had the pleasure to meet her, she did right with my mother.

The cycle of life is amazing!

To leave out that beautiful woman there in the ancient photo on the right, would be cheating people of the very reason why my mother became such a wise person and law abiding citizen of this awesome country.

The reason why her philosophy on life was so solid, and well defined, as well as structured was due to her mothers design. I'm just lucky to have been a benefactor of them both, and also that of my brothers.

I hope folks are sensing a pattern here, because today many of us need structure in our daily lives, and thanks to wonderful mothers who truly care for their children, a successful life can become possible for children, and especially those who listen, and desire to learn today and in the future.

A father counts a great deal as well, but the mother is generally the one who will do a great deal of the sensitivity work, the nurturing, and teaching as well, when most Dad's are at work, may have left the mother for another woman, or what have you.


My stepfather was a good man overall, and still is till this day, I will write about both my step father and father someday. I will need to ask them both for permission to do so, and because its not fair to write about folks without asking for their permission, you know. Everyone has their rights to privacy pretty much. "So Mum's the word for now, on that note!" :)


Conclusion

My Mother's philosophy on life wasn't something I read from any book, it was alive and breathing, redirecting my life all the time away from self destruction, and into a more wiser more worthy of living life pattern for survival. She had the right idea, and I do miss her for she was my number one philosopher of life.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have some customers who are waiting for me but I wanted to read this hub first...and of course, comment. Your mother was a peach....what a gem....loved her philosophies about life...and look at the man she raised!

Thank you brother; you shared some personal details about a remarkable woman. She is the type of woman I'm going to be writing about today...the unsung heroes in life.

Great hub! I really liked this one and it resonated big time with me.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Bill, i have a great deal of work to do on it, and thanks once again for being the very first to get at responding here, it means the world to me.

Oh and Congrats! on the Hubbie Awards you've earned, and this shows why for sure, as well, with your powers to be so supportive of others here on hubpages.

You are the truth Bill, Love your budd Mike.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

What a life! Your mother was adorable and raised a very fine son. I wish more people would be "strict in ways of learning to be more respectful to elders, to people of authority, and to abide by the laws and powers that be." I think that was my favorite sentence because I was raised in a military/Christian household which translates as strict, so respect was prevelent throughout my upbringing.

Good hub. Great story! I only have one suggestion. Perhaps, if it is a "first draft" or hub that "needs revision", you might want to place that disclaimer at the beginning of the hub. I'm one of those readers who becomes disenchanted with each error and stop reading. But, the photos drew me in and so I kept reading because I wanted to know the story behind the photos.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Marlene for being so honest with me throughout your entire comment, I love it when folks express what they truly feel about a hub I've written, or that of anyone's for that matter. You are a cool person for that.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Between your grandfather and your mother, you were definitely raised "Old School." It's a shame that psychologists have depicted that style as no longer acceptable. You, obviously, have turned out so bad.

We have something in common. Long before I could read, my mother would spend hours, with book in hand, taking me to lands of fantasy and imagination. It developed a desire to be able to do it for myself. Without her, who knows what would have transpired.

Great Hub! Thanks for sharing with us!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Hi CloudExplorer. Thank you so much for not being offended. Believe it or not I have been sitting here (this whole time) hoping you were not offended. I only jumped in with my "feelings" about the hub only because you asked for comments at the end of the hub. Otherwise, I would have kept my suggestions to myself. But, let me end with this... reading your hub was an enjoyable experience.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Besides, cloudExplorer, I'm not about perfection. In fact, see my comment for the mispelled word for prevalent. Sometimes, we just want to get the story out. And, that's OK. That's kind of where my head is on that.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A great hub, Mark! Everyone should be blessed with a mom like yours! You were a lucky person to be raised by such a loving and wonderful woman!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Cloudexplorer, You certainly were blessed with the Mother you had. It is evident that she gave her all to invest in the man you are today.

I loved this phrase about how she set an example through her writing: "thought powers into worded form." Isn't that the goal for all of us who write to get those thought powers into words?

I laughed at the conclusion of your hub because I do the same thing. I'm so anxious to get a hub out there and miss things that should have been edited. Later I go back and edit it ... never thought of adding a note about it.

God Bless you this fine day. Voted up, awesome and beautiful!

Mekenzie


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mike,

Beautiful hub and tribute to your mother! I enjoyed the last one to grandfather and definitely enjoyed this one as well! Thanks buddy!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Awww.... This is so touching!! Your mom was a beautiful woman, and she sounds like she had a wonderful heart! I enjoyed reading this..... And if you revise it, or add to it then let me know.... :)

Voting up and awesome!

SIX BOYS .... WOW!!


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Voted UP, Awesome, and Beautiful!!! This is a wonderful tribute to your mom and I enjoyed reading through!!! I LOVE the family pictures and admire you for praising those that made such a difference in your life!!! Awesome Job!!!!


MundaneMondays 4 years ago

Believe me i know the ledge, man !! i grew up with 1 mom, 2 sisters and no dad...it's crazy man, your mom portrays what it means to be a good woman. My mom taught me respect and what it meant to be a man, to go after what i want in life no matter the height of depth. As i told you before ..the topics you choose and what you write puts you on such a higher level than a lot of hubbers...i respect that my friend. You are truly gifted and grateful thanks to your mother.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is emotional and awesome. I voted up.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

You are SO lucky. I had very little of this. On the positive side, when my mother died I didn't shed a tear. Of her 7 kids and 1 boyfriend, I paid for the whole funeral. No one even bought her flowers.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@rcrumple, Thanks man for that particular insight about both of these hubs I wrote, you are precisely correct about the old school thing.

I do believe I was trained by my mom and granddad in the ways of the ancient traditions, oh yes indeed, and they both had so much wisdom to give.

I would have been dumb to reject it all, and so I absorbed all of it, and every last drop, because life lessons like those come a dime a dozen & are truly priceless.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@MarleneB, I respect your words for sure, I accept all form of criticism both positive and negative in nature, but when someone goes the extra mile to help me, well I consider that to be an exceptional trait to have, and I try to repay that person for doing more for me then the average person would ever think of doing.

Your so very thoughtful, and I owe you one on that note, thanks for returning to clarify a bit more into why you left that particular comment, it was well accepted by me as you now know, and as long as it is helpful I will enjoy getting them for sure.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Toombso8 for the cool comment, and yes indeed I was very lucky and fortunate to have a wonderful mother as she was, I just wish more love could pore out into the world from such a story, because we need as much of it as we can share with everyone today. The world needs more healing, you know and words of inspiration by true life experiences.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Mekenzie, Thank you for the coo visit, and comment I edited this hub, and hopefully its a better read this time around, yeah I tried to push this one out as soon as I could, because it was on hold for like 5 days or more, and needed to get published.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute to your mom. Now we know why you are such a creative, talented and intelligent individual. Great to be among your friends. Both your mom and grandma were very lovely women. Passing this on.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@josh3418, Thank you so much Josh, your very supportive of my hubs see you soon in more of yours as well.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Sorry about the typo Lathing, my moms had 5 boys, and so I had to crect it up there. Nice looking out though without you knowing, your insight helped me adjust that small minor error and all.

Thanks for the cool comment, and I can't wait to be able to catch up to all this heavy activity so I can visit you as well, and so many others who been spreading so much hub love for me.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Patty Kenyon, thank you so much for your awesome comment, for sharing with me, and I can't wait to get to your hubs as well.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@MundaneMondays, yeah man thanks, I been trying to improve the overall quality of my hubs, and I guess that's why you've been noticing it appear the way they do, at least my more recent hubs that is.


MundaneMondays 4 years ago

Godd ish my dude, that's what i've been doing as well.i recently finished 2 today..one about Diabetes and the other about the Gay and Lesbian community


MundaneMondays 4 years ago

oops i meant good


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Such a lovely and inspiring tribute to your beautiful and awesome mother. Mothers are great!!! They have a powerful place in shaping their child's life, and just look at you - a wonderful man. Thank you so much for sharing part of your life and family with us. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a beautiful read and wonderful tribute to your mother!

Thank you Mike and voted up


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks bro for the cool visit, the vote and for sharing @IntegrityYes.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Mhatter99, Yup I definitely was blessed with a good family, my mom and grand father, and so many other are some pretty cool folks.

Sorry to hear that you didn't have such luck, for your loss, and about your mom, but I believe god has a purpose for all things, and so there must be a reason for everyone's differing chances, and moments in life for sure.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey @Gypsy Rose Lee, thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comment there, that was very kind words to say about me and my two favorite woman in my life.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

No problem @MundaneMondays , and I'll try to get around to more of your hubs soon bro.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Faith Reaper, Hi there thanks for the comment, and for reading my mom's tribute hub here. She meant the world to me, and so I had to do it, oh and thanks for the compliment you made towards my mother.

I know that you are blessed indeed, by your cool comments you leave me, you truly are awesome Faith.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I am so glad I came back for a re-read. I enjoyed your story the first time, and I found even more joy from reading your story again. It's like having a double-decker ice cream cone. One scoop is great, but two scoops is even better. The photos are wonderful accompaniments. What a warm and lovely tribute to your mother. Thank you for sharing a significant part of your life with us.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Powerfully written. She is indeed enjoying every word of it. She wanted to leave part of her wisdom in you... and you feel touched by her inspirations along with your granddad. There was a reason for you to walk that walk, hand in hand with her advice. Cheers and thanks for sharing this part of your life. Bless her heart!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Movie Master, thank you so very much for your cool comment, and compliment for my mother.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@MarleneB, Thanks Marlene for taking a double dip into this cool tribute, your awesome for that indeed.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks bro @lord de cross, yes my mom was someone to never ever forget, and some day if the lord permits me to live long enough, I will furnish an entire bibliography in her memory, as a tribute to her life, and times for sure.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Your mama was stunningly beautiful - both inside and out! She led by example - which is the finest, most eloquent teacher! I too share your love of reading, and it wouldn't surprise me if 99% of writers did - if not more! There's more than that here, though, Cloud! This woman raised you right, she cared enough to discipline and expect - and what a service she did you, your brothers - and the world! Lucky for all!

ps. You were quite the handsome young man, now weren't you? LOL


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Once again your so supportive of me on hubpages today, wow! @ImKarn23.

My mom was a cool lady for sure, and I'm so happy you decided to give my hub here a good read, and you chose to make such an insightful comment as you've done up there.

If it wasn't for her stern and loving ways I have no clue where I would be today, one things for certain I wouldn't be writing for hubpages, and maybe my life would be in shambles as well. I loved that woman, and truly miss her for sure.

Thanks for the compliment as well that you gave me for her, she was pretty, I guess my dad had some good taste in women, hehe!


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intriguewriter 4 years ago from worldwide

I love to read pieces like this, so inspiring and just real. Afterall life inspires so many things, writing, art, music and various other forms of creative expression. This is real and gets you right in the heart because a lot of people can relate to this kind of story. Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed reading every bit of it. Keep up the amazing work you are doing with your hubs. Cool stuff! Thumbs up!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@intriguewriter, Thank you again for this cool comment and for sharing your kind words with me in my hubs recently.

I try my best to bring out all that my mom and many other in my family have encouraged me to do since I was a child, and that's to help others, to spread as much love as possible, and to try to become an inspiration to others if at all possible.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A wonderful hub Mike...

and a Grand Salute to your mother.... now I see why you are what you are.. Mothers are so terrific ...

They truly make us who we are..... this hub made me think of my mother and the wonderful lady she is....

Great job brother :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Oh yes indeed Rahul thanks bro, I just put it down as I was taught by my dear mother, I truly do miss here so much, but I know she's chillin up high above the clouds with God, helping me every step of the way to get a more positive message out to the world.


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blondey 3 years ago

Very nice hub to read, your grandmother was a strikingly beautiful woman indeed and as you say the 'starter' of it all. Amazing to hear such a story and also you learned a lot pretty fast!

I can relate to the shy introverted thing but got over it a bit as well.

Thanks for sharing this truly remarkable story!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@blondey, thanks for choosing to give this very hub of mine a run for its money. Yes indeed the shy type I was many years back, which helped me learn to understand many others super quick as well, even though socially I wasn't in the groove with others much as a youth. I did however have some cool best friends, which I may write a hub about them some day as well. Once college came around though, I became quite the social animal, hehe :)

Life is funny, how it has its differing shifts in gears, moments, and memorable times of all types of experiences. I love it all, the up's, the downs, and even the dull moments. I just wish my mother was still around to share this life with, I do miss her a great deal, but you know Blondey, in due time we shall meet again, in the unseen world. I do believe she is in heaven smiling down right now for sure.

She definitely had the right idea's when it came to knowing how to be balanced, and to try and enjoy all that this life has to offer to us all.


DANCERnyc 3 years ago

Hats comes off to you & Congrats on such a wonderful way of sharing your LOVE & WISDOM.That you have received from a Beautiful SOUL & MOTHER......

I know she feels it way up there in the Heavens!!!I'm also so Bless to have been able to share some of the best times & moments with my Sister throughout the years....

She is always with us....Especially when i am doing Dances Dedicated to her SPIRIT.....Much LIGHT & LOVE !!!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Yes uncle, we all are missing her so very much and I know she's proud of her 5 boys that became men.

Much love to all indeed, the light is now shining through us all and for the whole world to share in for sure, thanks to my moms, your moms my grandmother and all the ancestors. Ashe!!!! to That :)

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