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How My Mother Conquered Her Fears to See Her Son

Updated on October 11, 2014
My Mother and I
My Mother and I

"I Don't Think I Can"

Those were the words she uttered to me every time I asked her to come and visit me in Tokyo. For several years now, I've been trying to get my mother to come as her last visit was more than three years ago. However she had decided that she was simply too old and frail to travel on her own.

After more than a few failed attempts, I learned to accept it and decided not to push it. After all she wasn't young anymore and no matter how hard it was to admit, that was the reality. So last year, as I was anxious to see how she was doing, I went to visit her in Hawaii, where she currently lives with my sister.

Now I hadn't seen her for over a year and, as my sister kept pointing out how thin and frail she had become, I was a bit apprehensive to see her in person. So as soon as I arrived at the airport expecting to see a small and weak version of my mother, I saw a rather energetic woman running towards me with a huge flower lei, embracing me in a strong bear hug. She was thin for sure, but she'd always been on the thin side. After she let go of me, I got a change to look at her more closely and was surprised to find that she really hadn't aged that much or for that matter, changed much.

After a couple of weeks with her, I also realized that she seemed healthy and full of energy, in fact even more so than the last time I'd seen her. The biggest surprise and the one that made me happiest, was when she blurted out how she wanted to visit Tokyo one more time.

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Me and My Mother
Me and My Mother

Mother Overcomes Her Fears

It was obvious she really missed her birth country so after a bit of persuading and encouraging from my sister and me, she finally found herself on the plane bound for Tokyo. Seven hours on a plane is not an easy task for a 78-year old lady that's for sure, but she did it and I'm extremely proud of her.

She did take some precautionary measures before her trip and there were some things that she did differently this time, such as ordering wheelchair assistance from the airlines. They basically made sure that she made it to her destination safely with minimal hassle and had a representative from the airlines escort her from check-in counter all the way out of baggage claim. She's never done that before and although I believe she didn't really need one, it seemed to make her feel more secure and gave her the confidence to travel by herself.

When I saw her being wheeled out of the international arrivals gate, I was so happy to see her, I literally jumped out of excitement. I guess I was worrying myself sick, wondering if she'd make it in one piece. However, there was nothing to fear as I finally saw her being wheeled out of baggage claim, with a big smile plastered across her sweet face.

After thanking the airline representative who escorted her out, she immediately jumped off the wheelchair, walked over to the restroom to freshen up, and asked me if there was anything to eat. As we walked over to one of the kiosks selling food, she complained about the bad airplane food that she barely touched. We got her a couple of rice balls and a bottle of green tea to eat on the train ride home.

After the 7-hour flight, the 90-minute train ride into the city and finally a 20-minute taxi ride to my apartment, I was afraid that she would be exhausted, especially since she hadn't managed to sleep a wink on the flight over. Once we got to my apartment doors, she surprised me once again, by showing me she still had lots of energy left, asking me if we should go grocery shopping.

In fact, I don't remember her being this energetic the last time she was here three years ago.

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That's My Mom
That's My Mom

"Will I Have the Energy to Clean My Son's Apartment?"- A Near Impossible Task

My mother had planned her entire stay here in Tokyo weeks before her arrival. Her mission was basically to clean my apartment from top to bottom, making sure every shelf was organized and every surface dusted. In other words, she was on a mission of magnificent proportions. Saying that my apartment was a mess is an understatement times ten! Seriously, after trying to juggle three different projects at the same time, it was just easier to let it go.

To make sure she got out of the house at least once a day, I took her on daily walks around my neighborhood. It wasn't so difficult to do because she adores Nogata, the town I live in. In fact, she'd rather just stay around this area than to go into the city.

My apartment is not a big one, which makes it easy to clean but difficult to organize. In fact, one reason why my house is so messy is due to the fact that I have very limited space to put my things. Still being that my mother is the Japanese version of Martha Stewart when it comes to cleaning, by the end of her stay, you could literally eat off any surface in my apartment. How she does that I have no idea. Perhaps it's because she snacks on Kit-Kats throughout the day?

Did I mention that Nogata, the neighborhood I live in, is a great place to visit while visiting Tokyo? Click on the link below to discover Nogata, which is just a hop, skip and jump from Shinjuku, the busiest train station in the world.

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Mother during Sakura Season in Japan
Mother during Sakura Season in Japan

"Do I Have the Energy to Survive Tokyo Itself?"

Tokyo is a monster of a city and even with the super-convenient and efficient transportation system, it can take more than an hour to get from one place to another due to the city's sheer size. Add to that, the numerous stairs that wind its way up and down to get to train platforms withlots of walking to do in between.. For local Tokyoites, commuting for up to 90 minutes by train is commonplace and because of all the walking involved in the city, it's no wonder we can eat so much and not worry too much about gaining weight.

At first I wasn't sure how she would manage as it all depended on how much energy and strength she had in her. Still, I wanted my mother to try to test her limits. She's always had problems with climbing the long set of stairs that one encounters here as well as the distances that one needs to walk to get anywhere.

It was a fortunate thing that she came right smack in the middle of cherry blossom season. So on one weekend, we traveled all the way across town to Asakusa, a traditional part of Tokyo and one of her favorite places to visit since her younger days. She used to tell me stories of going there on school excursions and has many fond memories of the place, so I made sure this was in her itinerary. And despite the unbelievable crowds due to it being peak season for tourists, she survived the full-day excursion, which included having lunch under a cherry tree at a local park.

We also visited places she's never been to before, such as the beautiful Rikugien Gardens, which are known for their stunning weeping sakura trees, as well as a visit to Sugamo, a shopping and eating haven popular with seniors. I have to admit, I had a blast visiting Sugamo with my mother, as she practically stopped at every single store. In fact, it took us at least an hour just to get to our lunch destination, mostly due to her having so much fun navigating her way through the shopping street.

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I had lunch with my mother for three weeks. We tried to have something different every time.Sakura in full bloom all over the city.Nakano is know for their sakura-lined streets, which is just a 5-minute bus ride from my place. This became her favorite place to visit.Strolling through the gardens of Rikugien Gardens.My mother and her lunch of Japanese delicacies.Deciding on a picnic under the cherry trees, she chose this boxed lunch for her lunch.The cinnamon toast at a small cafe in my neighborhood was one of her favorite treats.Her favorite market for fresh local produce.The beautiful sakura trees at night.
I had lunch with my mother for three weeks. We tried to have something different every time.
I had lunch with my mother for three weeks. We tried to have something different every time.
Sakura in full bloom all over the city.
Sakura in full bloom all over the city.
Nakano is know for their sakura-lined streets, which is just a 5-minute bus ride from my place. This became her favorite place to visit.
Nakano is know for their sakura-lined streets, which is just a 5-minute bus ride from my place. This became her favorite place to visit.
Strolling through the gardens of Rikugien Gardens.
Strolling through the gardens of Rikugien Gardens.
My mother and her lunch of Japanese delicacies.
My mother and her lunch of Japanese delicacies.
Deciding on a picnic under the cherry trees, she chose this boxed lunch for her lunch.
Deciding on a picnic under the cherry trees, she chose this boxed lunch for her lunch.
The cinnamon toast at a small cafe in my neighborhood was one of her favorite treats.
The cinnamon toast at a small cafe in my neighborhood was one of her favorite treats.
Her favorite market for fresh local produce.
Her favorite market for fresh local produce.
The beautiful sakura trees at night.
The beautiful sakura trees at night.

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My Mother's Adopted Children

my mother and friends
my mother and friends

My mother is loved by many and it's not just her own children that love her, but also some of my closest friends. She's known them for years and treat each of them as her own and they love her for it. So it was natural that we all got together at my place to have a casual party in honor of my her before she left.

Somehow they've gotten used to her sometimes demanding personality and they even find it quite amusing as one of my friends said, she's absolutely adorable. You have to love my friends for that and as you can see from the picture above, we're just one big happy family.

My Sweet Mother
My Sweet Mother

A New Improved Mother Gets Ready to Head Back Home

There were many things my mother accomplished during her short visit in Tokyo.She not only had the energy and stamina to conquer Tokyo, but she gained a lot of confidence in herself, including flying on a plane for many hours, which is no small feat at her age. She also realized perhaps for the first time in many years, that her body is stronger and healthier than she previously believed.

Even though she'd been incredibly active during her stay, she managed to put on some weight which made her incredibly happy. I already knew for a fact that she wasn't eating much back home so I made sure she ate three square meals everyday. I also stocked the apartment with her favorite foods so she had something to snack on. By the time she left, her skin looked visibly smoother and plump, she probably looked younger too.

I must also mention that she learned how to send and read emails on an iPad, which I decided to give her since getting a new one. I made sure she knew the basics and it was cute watching her learn how to use something she previously had no interest in learning. I also bought her a beginner's manual so she can learn on her own back home.

She's never been good at learning new things, especially when it comes to technology. She only recently learned how to use a simple cell phone but only to make phone calls. Will she actually be able to send an email once she gets back home? Or would she simply forget the basics and give up altogether?

I guess only time would tell.

Mother and Son
Mother and Son

Come Back Soon

My mother kept me company for just a little over three weeks and the time went by faster than I wanted it to. For the first time in my life, I asked my mother to tell me things about her past that I didn't already know. There were many questions about the past that remained a mystery to me, especially things concerning my father.

While I saw a tinge of hesitation on her part, she eventually got around to telling me a lot of things that revealed much more than I knew or imagined in my mind. While she peeled away the hidden layers of our family history, I felt her feelings of innocence, betrayal and resentment. There was so much more to her life than what I had imagined and I think I finally managed to understand her just a little more. I saw the challenges that she faced, including raising two kids on her own. I understood the scope of the pain my father and his family caused her, but being the strong woman that she is, decided it best not to expose unnecessary information in order to protect her kids from further pain.

I appreciated her more than ever and despite being far from perfect, she really did try her best. For the first time ever, I saw her constant nagging and worrying over me as a sign of love - just her way of showing how much she cares.

I see my mother with new eyes - the same eyes that refused to see because of my ego. Eyes that see her more clearly than ever before. My mother is courageous, daring and stubborn as a mule. On the other hand, she is also incredibly kind, considerate and has a beautiful heart.

But there was also something else I saw. A young girl with hopes and dreams of one day, becoming a dancer, a faithful wife, and a good mother. Hoping that her children would one day, become happy and content. Of achieving whatever they want to achieve. For her children to stay healthy and live a long a fruitful life. That's all she really wanted all along. For her son and daughter, who she raised the best she knew how, to attain the happiness she never managed to achieve in her own life.

She'd promised me that she'd be back again next year, perhaps around the same time to make sure my apartment is clean. I can still remember the day of her departure back to Hawaii as she held a dirty rag in one hand, trying to spot any remaining dirt to wipe off, looking sad as she knew it was time to leave.

Her last day was a sad one for me and my mother. I could feel her sadness even as we drove to the airport. It took every ounce of willpower to hold my tears in, trying to lighten the mood. Finally I couldn't hold back any longer and gave her a big hug while we checked her in.

I looked at her and said, "Mom, I'm going to miss you so much."

She gave me an accusing look and whispered, "Please don't say that. You know i hate goodbyes."

I wanted her to know how much it meant to me that she came to visit. How much I appreciated her for being alive and for loving me so much. As the airline representative wheeled her away through the gates, a tear rolled down my right eye. I refused to shed a tear in front of my mom but I could no longer hold back.

I went up to the viewing deck and stayed until her plane pushed back from the gate an hour later. Although I knew she couldn't see me, I waved goodbye until I could no longer see the plane. I know she'll be back next year. Still I can't help it and I burst into tears.

My Mother's Visit 2014 - Guess what mom. I made a video!

Introducing my directorial debut right here on Squidoo! OK, this video is far from professional quality, but I did the best I could with photos and videos I took during her stay with us. The video was made just for her to take back home with her, but I thought I'd share it with the world.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      How lovely, lovely that you wrote about your mom and her visit, including the video. She did indeed look really great! Good for her for overcoming her hesitation to travel. How wonderful that you had that time with each other, along with good friends and beautiful places to visit. So much to be thankful for--thank you for sharing the joy of it all!

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      What a beautiful tribute to your mother and the wonderful relationship you both have. One of my daughters is learning Japanese and would love to visit Japan. I think perhaps we should go together. Your photos are beautiful!

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      mySuccess8 3 years ago

      This well-written article clearly demonstrates a child’s respect and love to his mother, and a mother’s love to his child. Your 78-year old mom certainly looked very cheerful. Wishing you and your mom a continued happy relationship ahead, filled with togetherness and love.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Touching article of your mom's visit. I am so glad for both of you that she mustered the courage and energy to fly the long distance to visit. Sounds like it was a great visit. I hope you see each other again soon. I smiled at her wanting to clean up your apartment. It must be a common thing mother's feel they should do for their son. I relate! :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I don't even know your mom and miss her :) She reminds me of my mom even down to where she covers her mouth when laughing or smiling. You are so blessed to have these special visits with your mother.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is one of my favorite articles, Smine27. It sounded like she had such a wonderful visit with you. I hope she is planning another soon!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Really touching story about your mother's visit. I lived in Japan a long time ago and loved it. I'd love to go back to visit some day.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very nice story about your mother and you relationship.

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      tribesearcher 3 years ago

      That's how a mother and their kid should express their love for one another. Not only inspring but also very courageous in sharing this!

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      Your mother's story is inspiring and you are great son! Thank you for taking the time to create this lens; it very much deserved LotD!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I'm so glad you were able to see your Mother in a different way.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! You mother is great, no doubt about that.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Shinichi, this is an incredibly heartfelt sharing of an extremely personal and beautiful experience. I am so grateful to have been able to share in so much of it. Congratulations on your extremely well deserved LOTD, my friend!

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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      This is an amazing lens. I always wanted to visit Japan ever since watching that episode of Digimon that showed Tokyo Tower and then later the Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't Building. The story sounds similar because my mom wound up raising us by herself and came extremely close to losing me during birth; I came way too early. She continues to be a good mom even to the point or worrying about us especially when we're hurt and sick. Thanks for sharing this lens. Got a bit choked up while reading. Thanks again.

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      Risa28 3 years ago

      Beautiful lens and fabulous photos. Thank you for sharing.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Lens of the day!!!! So proud of you Shinichi! :D

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      BestRatedStuff 3 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD. Loved reading your account of your mother's visit. Got me a little bit teary eyed at times.

      Mother's are precious and great, and it's good to meet someone else who appreciate his mother more as we grow older.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @asereht1970: Thank you for the kind words.

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      Miratex 3 years ago

      Very nice to read and see these lovely pictures

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      nuxa76 3 years ago

      Mothers are unique :)

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      Lucildoll LM 3 years ago

      Such a lovely story of a son and mother's love beautifully expressed. This is a wonderful lens.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      That was quite a trip for your mother. My own mother had trouble making the six-hour drive to Los Angeles County to visit her sister when she was 78. I now realize how brave she was, since I'm younger than that and hesitate to drive there myself anymore. When we get older, we can lose a lot of our confidence about traveling alone.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      What a great lens, your mom looks great! Glad you got to enjoy some time with her!

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      di4422 3 years ago

      Wonderful lens!! You and your Mom will have this memory forever!!! Congratulations on having lens of the day!!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      What a beautiful heart-filled story. I wish I could visit Tokyo someday. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nurse32 3 years ago

      what a heart-warming story! so beautiful!

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      What a wonderful time you shared with your mother. You will have those memories forever, and I hope many more to come. I envy you. Mother passed at age 50 from cancer so she never even got to see her grandchildren. Cherish the time you have with your mom. Bless you both.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I remember the first time I met my mother at the airport when she was using a wheelchair. I felt quite sad, but, like your mother, it was merely to help her on the journey, and she was laughing and said it was just to help her carry her hand-baggage. But of course, she really did need it, or she would have been struggling to walk the long distances at the airports with her bags. It's my turn now, and I used one for my last trip - it was brilliant, and helped a lot!!

      Congratulations on LoTD, very enjoyable lens

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very good lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on LOTD! So very well deserved!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Let your mom know that when she's done cleaning your apartment, she can come to East Berlin, Pennsylvania, USA and help me organize mine! :) Congratulations. Well done.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations on your Mother's Day Lens of the Day. What a wonderful story and tribute! Even though I believe you've mentioned on other lenses that your mother was once a performer, I so enjoyed watching the video and seeing her hold that microphone. I bet she still has a wonderful voice. I'm so glad you worked through all the pain and suffering of your childhood and found a way to forgive your mother and now to understand her and all that she did for you. May you have many more wonderful visits together.

      As to your questions, just briefly, I have a good relationship with my mother, and yes it's complicated. When I was young, she was my best friend and confidante as well as my mom. One of my fondest memories is putting Beethoven's Pastoral on the turntable and Mom and all five of her kids dancing around the living room with nothing but pure joy in the music.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What a great visit from your mother! I am glad she plucked up the courage to travel to see you. I would not have believed that she was 78 - she looks much younger.

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      irminia 3 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      A beautiful page as always and one you will treasure both now and in the years to come. Congrats on your LoTD as well - a perfect choice for a special day and very special lady. Best wishes to you and your Mom.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      We seem to live in an age where parents are blamed for everything that is wrong in one's life, people in their 50s still resentful because they didn't get their lollipop when they were 3. It's rather sad. Thank you for sharing your personal story, I enjoyed it very much.

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      What a well written lens! Love the personal share!!

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      Paul Turner 3 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Awesome!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This made me smile. You are truly blessed. This is the perfect lens for Mother's Day and a most worthy LOTD.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My mom and I get along great. I'm really hoping she'll be able to visit us soon - it's been too long. Loved reading about your mother and watching your video. I hope she enjoys being honored as the subject of this Mother's Day Lens of the Day!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to celebrate you and your mom. Congrats! Here's to conquering fear and living life with great gusto.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I enjoyed this lens so much! Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Mother's Day to your Mom!

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      I am so happy you had a wonderful visit with your mother! Great story and may your mother make more visits to Tokyo.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      I enjoyed the video of you and your mother, Tokyo is a beautiful place

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      Writing Nag 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Congrats! This is so beautiful...your relationship with your mom is wonderful.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Congrats on Lens of the day! Beautiful tribute. Cherish all the time you get to be with her. Hugs!

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      amandascloset0 3 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your mother! Congrats on LOTD!

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Good morning, Smine! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this beautiful tribute to your beloved mother! How wonderful! I smiled and cried at the same time. Congratulations on LOTD! Tell your mom that I send my greetings to her from New Hampshire, and that I'm looking forward to seeing pictures from NEXT year's visit too! She's a beautiful woman, and you are a beautiful son. :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congratulations Smine27 on Lens of the Day! It's a perfect choice for today especially. It was such a wonderful lens! Well deserved. Sending hugs your way!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      My mother is no longer with us, I do miss her dearly as we had a wonderful relationship. Thanks for sharing your experience with your mother. Hold on to every moment, as time seems to fly by. Thanks and Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Miss my Mom, she passed away when I was 27, which was way too early for both of us. This is such a lovely memoir to be treasured, of your Mom's visit. So happy for you to have LOTD!!!! Congrats!

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Great lens.congrats on LOTD!

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Great lens ! Very interesting. You really gave a delightful description of your Mom. What an interesting lady ! Nice Read ! Congrats on your LOTD

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your first video. Not bad at all for a debut! You are so lucky to have your Mom still alive. My mom passed away kind of unexpectedly when I was 25. And it is so wonderful that your Mom took such a big trip at her age. It will be much easier for her to come again next year.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Great lens. Just like you, I also have a wonderful relationship with my mother. This is a wonderful lens, made especial by a son.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @David Stone1: Thanks Dave. I really appreciate you sharing a little about your family with me here.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: Nancy I so appreciate you sharing a bit about yourself and your. Other here. I always feel I get to know you just a little more every time we chat. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SteveKaye: Thanks for taking the time to read Steve.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: I know right. I seem to get so sentimental these days.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Ruthi: Thank you Ruthi. I reapply appreciate that.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks for reading. I swear my mother looked sad when she was done cleaning.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci. I think that was what made me happiest. Her unexpected energy!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jerzimom: Aww thanks so much Cheryl. I appreciate the comment about the video.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks so much for taking the time to read. I hope you're having an awesome spring my friend.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Our family was broken by a divorce in which my father got custody of my brothers, sister and me when I was just seven. Over the years, I came to appreciate how important a role mothers play very early in life, since although I saw little of her after the breakup, I have always been a lot like my mother.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My relationship with my mother was complicated in my teens, but after I married and had my own children, I soon learned why she said and did the things she did when I was young. After my marriage broke up, she was my greatest encourager and support, to be everything I could be. She always told me I could do better than I had. And of course, she was right! Thank you for this wonderful lens. Your mother is a beautiful lady who raised a wonderful son. BTW, my mother made her first plane trip EVER, in 1975 when one of my lungs collapsed, and she was scared I was going to die. She was 67 at the time.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Beautiful, wonderful lens. Thank you for publishing this touching story.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is a magnificent dedication page - brought tears to my eyes too as you were driving to the airport and would have to say goodbye (breaks my heart for you) - I'm visiting my mom right now as I type this and on Monday when I go home, I know I'll hate leaving too

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      This is the most beautiful gift for mother and son, a visit across the miles, the smiles, and even the tears, to be remembered throughout the years. What a treasure you have shared in your mom's visit with you. The video is perfection!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a sweet tribute to your mother -- perfect story for me to read for this upcoming Mother's Day. It's very special that you got to know your mom's background a bit more during her visit. I can tell it helped you to appreciate her even more. Love the part about her 'cleaning your apartment' -- that's such a 'Mother Thing', as my kids say to me. LOL.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sweet, sweet lens and video, Smine27. So pleased for you that you had a wonderful visit. Thanks for letting us share it. Great shots. You mom does look like she has a ton of energy, and she was very patient while you photographed!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      I'm so happy to hear that your mother had a great time!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      So special! I loved your video. Capturing those memories are everything. I'mI glad your Mom can still travel. Great lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      What an amazing story within a story. Loved experiencing your mother's visit. Fantastic video! My favorite photo is the one where your mother is smiling or laughing behind her hand while holding on to you. :-) Priceless.