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* The Summers of my Mom

Updated on October 11, 2016

Sweet Memories of my Mommy Muys

My mom died on April 21, 2013. She was 101 years and 8 months old, a respectable age. I will miss her, but I'm at peace that she has gone, because she didn't want to live any longer. She didn't suffer too much and too long, so we're actually very grateful for that.

My mom loved the summer season all her life. It took a long time though before we actually took our first holiday, somewhere in the 1950s when we got our first car.

So in remembrance of my Mom, I looked up some photos of her, celebrating the Summer throughout the years of her life. I don't have any photo of my mom as a baby, toddler or teen. Don't know why, but probably because her parents didn't make them. Most of the time I know where the photos were taken, but not the exact year, but that doesn't matter, does it. You can see she's enjoying herself in the warmth of the sun.

Early 1930s


I don't know where this photo is taken, but I know it was just before or just after she met my Dad, so it must be somewhere around 1935.

Enjoying the sun in the city Groningen

mom with kids
mom with kids | Source

At my Grantma's house

I think this must have been taken in 1946 at my grantma's house (she's standing in the window) up North in the city of Groningen. My dad had gone to war in Indonesia in 1946 for three years. At the left is my eldest sister Wiea (1940), in the middle that's me (1944) and at the right is my sister Marijke (1942).



My mom loved to read to us

This is in our house in the city of Dordrecht. My dad was still at war in Indonesia. The painting at the wall shows a buste of Michael Angelo's 'Dying slave' and I have that painting hanging in my house now. Looking at the clothes we're wearing, it must have been summer.

Summer photos of my Mom

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Irma (the Jewish girl who stayed with us in the WW2, my mom, me, my dad and Ernst, Irma's husband. I think I was in my early teens.On vacation in France in the late 1950s enjoying a café au lait or a red wine.My mom sitting on her bench in the garden.My mom and my eldest sister WieaI don't know when, where and with whom
Irma (the Jewish girl who stayed with us in the WW2, my mom, me, my dad and Ernst, Irma's husband. I think I was in my early teens.
Irma (the Jewish girl who stayed with us in the WW2, my mom, me, my dad and Ernst, Irma's husband. I think I was in my early teens. | Source
On vacation in France in the late 1950s enjoying a café au lait or a red wine.
On vacation in France in the late 1950s enjoying a café au lait or a red wine. | Source
My mom sitting on her bench in the garden.
My mom sitting on her bench in the garden. | Source
My mom and my eldest sister Wiea
My mom and my eldest sister Wiea | Source
I don't know when, where and with whom
I don't know when, where and with whom | Source

The Dordogne in France

My dad Synco Schram de Jong, my mom and my brother in law Jan and his daughter Lotte
My dad Synco Schram de Jong, my mom and my brother in law Jan and his daughter Lotte

In the Dordogne, France

My sister and brother in law had bought an old schoolhouse in the Dordogne, France and my parents were visiting them. Long time ago, the little girl is about 40 now. Except for the little girl, all grownups have passed away now. Summers will never be the same again.

Somewhere in the 1960s

Muys Schram de Jong
Muys Schram de Jong

I think the person on the left is one of my nieces and next to her is my mom, my sister Wiea and my auntie Greet, drinking coffee in my sisters garden in Arnhem.

My Mom made special Dolls

Homemade Rag Dolls
Homemade Rag Dolls | Source

My mom made our rag dolls

My mom has always been a creative lady.

She used to make rag dolls for us when we were little.

Later in life she started making dolls to hang on the wall. The one she's making here, is still hanging on her wall.

I took a picture of it the other day. On the left photo you can see the size of those dolls.

mom with guiny pigs
mom with guiny pigs

My Mom loved all animals

We always had some kind of animals at home, a dog, cats and guinea pigs. Their cage was on the floor and they could walk freely through the room (did you know guinea pigs can be potty trained like cats?) and whenever the cats got curious and wanted to explore their cage, the guinea pigs attacked the cats. They didn't want them near their home.

St. Ferriol de Trente Pas
St. Ferriol de Trente Pas

Saint Ferriol de Trente Pas, Provence, France

One time my parents discovered this lovely camping in France in the region Provence in the village St. Ferriol de Trente Pas. It was the beginning of an 18 year long going back. The camping owners became their friends as were some of the local habitants. In that time they were the only Dutchies on that camping. It was the 1970s. Beautiful camping in a beautiful nature.

My mom always entertained the whole crowd of kids, either with games, telling stories or teaching them a song. The one next to her on the right photo is our eldest daughter Iske May.

She travelled to different countries

Somewhere in France
Somewhere in France | Source
Don't know where or when, but could well be Israël.
Don't know where or when, but could well be Israël. | Source
On some cruise
On some cruise | Source
Spain | Source
Canada with her fosterdaughter Trudy
Canada with her fosterdaughter Trudy | Source

My Mom was an excellent Cook

dinner at my mom's place
dinner at my mom's place

This photo must have been taken somewhere in the 1980s because my Hubby still had his beard.

Still going Strong

I think Portugal
I think Portugal | Source
France | Source
On one of our trips through Belgium
On one of our trips through Belgium | Source
On her invalide scooter visiting me
On her invalide scooter visiting me | Source
Still enjoying the sun but not being able to walk anymore.
Still enjoying the sun but not being able to walk anymore. | Source

Summer 2011 - 100 years old

Mom and Iske May
Mom and Iske May

Our daughter Iske May with her grandma on her 100th Birthday on August 24, 2011. I just love this photo.

My Summers will never be the same again

My Mom passed away on April 21, 2013 at the age of 101 years old.

My summers will never be the same again,
without you being there my dearest Mom,
to ride with me on unknown trips through
Belgium's hills and valleys.

I close my eyes and hear you laugh,
your humor I will keep forever.

Remember when you lost your teeth,
in the sea in Portugal?
You had to laugh so hard and they
fell down, it took you an hour to find them again.

I read the stories you wrote down
about your travelling abroad.
You were 85 when you took a trip south,
to say goodbye to the Provence in France.
I said 'take it easy mom' and you said yes,
but you didn't do that. Remember?
I shouldv'e known better than to think
you would sleep overnight in between.

I know I'll miss you this summer,
my sweet, sweet Mommy Muys,
but I know you are, where you wanted to be,
up there with the Lord of your faith
and Dad of course.

Goodbye dear Mom

It doesn't matter how old your mom is when she passes away, it's always too soon and never too late.

Love to read your comments

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm back for a visit to this lovely tribute to your mother. Her spirit shines out brightly from this page with all the great photos.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Wonderful lady and obviously well loved. Great tribute lens and congrats on LOTD. My mum died at 57 and she is missed terribly, :)

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      coopers1 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your awards.Very sorry to hear of your Mum,s passing away, i know how you must have felt,My Mum passed away when she was 101and 3/4 and lived in England. That was a beautiful tribute to your Mother,You like me had a wonderful Mother.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      MOTHERS are the golden gift by God, love and care to them

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      ktfromchicago 4 years ago

      What a life!

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      dakadare 4 years ago

      We all need mums like this, just as well my mum is

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      What a beautiful story. I can see that you mother had a long and interesting life. I love the photos that really show how it was back then.

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      MEDerby 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens.

      My Mom passed away in 2005. I think of her every day and that's a good thing,

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens made in an interesting way .Thanks for sharing

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Such a lovely memory book about your mother. I enjoyed the photos and stories of her long and wonderful life. Congratulations on LOTD this Mother's Day.

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      OctoberGirl108 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful tribute to your mother and very much like what I have wanted to do for my Mom for some time. I get too emotional though so it never gets done. Many kudos to you for a job well done

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      I like your story, it shows how much you love her. And the photos are realy nice

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Beautiful and Sweet.

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      jknake lm 4 years ago

      What a beautiful commentary of your Mom. it's like a giant scrap book. My mother died at the young age of 24 so I have few memories of her. But they are precious as well.

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      BestWeddings 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Well Done. Beautiful tribute to your mum which must have brought up a lot of emotions while writing it. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to your mom. Great lens. Congrats on lens of the day.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Loved this lens. Congratulations on your well deserved LoTD.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a lovely tribute to your mother. I'm sure she would have loved it.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a lovely... and loving... tribute to your 'mom'. The perfect story for Mother's Day! Thanks for sharing these delightful photos and stories of your mom. You have some wonderful memories.

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      gracyelala 4 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute! My Grandma will be 93 this summer, this made me miss her. I think I'll go write her a letter right now!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is just beautiful...I loved the photography, so many of them are more than just photos, but have a real artistic feel to them. I hope you had a good Mother's Day enjoying memory-treasures of your mom.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Congrats on LotD. This is such a lovely tribute to your mother, what a great age she was. I love the old photos.

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      Wow, 101? What a life! Great tribute.

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      almawad 4 years ago

      my grandma was born in 1912 too - but she had died 20 years ago

      your mom lived a very long life and it was nice to see her great days in summers

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      bookguy1960 4 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to your mother! Thank you for sharing these memories with us in time for Mother's Day 2013. My condolences to you and your family on your mother's passing.

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      clicks-4-bricks 4 years ago

      Awesome! What a great tribute to a wonderful woman. You have honored her memory with this lens. Well deserved recognition as a Lens of the Day too. Thank you for sharing your history here with us.

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      RogerBonger 4 years ago

      It's great you have these old photo's, I like looking at "the old days". Iska really looks like her grandma.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A beautiful and touching story. Thank you. Pictures of the 1900s brings back the nostalgia past. I do miss that era, because life is so real and traditional.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Superb lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. reminds me of my great grandma.

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      This was truly very interesting. You did a great job bringing it out. Awesome Lens!

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      Rickj1976 4 years ago

      That was a nice effigy, may the sweet woman rest in peace.

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      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      Like the lens! My granny is 104 in May! I just created a lens about her too!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I really liked this page. I also have many interests! I hope to see you again here on Squidoo.

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of Day! What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it and your photos.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful story! Your daughter Iske looks very like your mum.

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Love your story. My younger sister wrote a beautiful 6 page letter to mum for this Mother's Day which I read yesterday. She wrote about all the things mum had taught her and the fun things and maybe not so fun memories of her childhood. Very touching.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Great story,we need to love them while we have them, because we will miss them for a long time afterwards. Congratulations of LoTD. Happy Mother's Day!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day. Have a great day.

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      ogrote 4 years ago

      Great Lens. Makes one appreciate the days you have with your mother even more.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      The perfect Lens for Mothers Day. Congrats on LOTD, this is a very fitting reward to such a great tribute to your mother. It seems like she had a wonderful life.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      What an awesome tribute to you your mother . Congrats on LOTD !

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Your lens was perfect for Mother's Day! Your mother would have been very pleased to read your tribute. It looks like she had a very full and rich life filled with love. Congratulations on your award! Well done!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a lovely photographic tribute to your mother. It sounds like she lived a good amount of summers. Thank you for sharing her with us!

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day! It's a beautiful tribute to your mother! I very enjoyed it! Thanks for posting

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      A lovely tribute to your mother and so wonderful that it has been picked as LOTD too.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      It seems your mother lived a very long and interesting life. Good for her, and lucky you for having her! I'm glad you have so many happy memories of her. Happy Mother's Day to you and congrats on a well deserved LoTD.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Great lens. Really enjoyed that.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      A wonderful tribute your amazing mother on Mother's Day. Here is wishing your mother the best Mother's Day ever.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      What a lovely story and the picture really make the story come true to life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this special day.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This is so touching, so beautiful. You have captured the life of your mother, showing that she was someone like all of us. Thank you for publishing this wonderful lens.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What a lovely tribute to a very lovely woman. I know you'll miss her but it looks like she lived a very full life soaking up as many precious minutes as possible. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos from her life. Happy Mother's Day! :)

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      Hendrikus 4 years ago

      101 een zeer respectabele leeftijd. Nu ze er niet meer is is moederdag toch anders.

      Ik wens je veel sterke. Mooie lens.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos and wonderful story.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I'm reading this lens in time for Mother's day! You made me miss my mom. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      Fantastic tribute to your mother! May we all be so fortunate to have mothers that live such long healthy and eventful lives.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a beautiful tribute indeed Titia, your Mom sounds like she was a wonderful person. It's good to have all the history written down, and thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photographs and memories.

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      mosby1995 4 years ago

      She must be a really great person. Beautiful tribute!!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      This is the most beautiful tribute to your Mother! I feel as if I've come to know her a bit through the articles you've written about her and through the wonderful old photographs, so it was very sad to hear of her passing this spring, even though she had reached such a very great age. Mother's Day must be difficult for your family this year, the first one without her, and my heart goes out to you - both with sympathy and with deep gratitude that you've shared your mother with us here on Squidoo.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      Beautiful tribute.

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      francescajohnston 4 years ago

      I really loved this Lens! What a beautiful tribute to your Mother, who was obviously a wonderful and generous person. Who would ever think in their youth that they would live to be 102! <3

      Grats on Lens of the Day! Well deserved.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your Mom's beautiful story. Your daughter looks just like her in that photo. Congratulations on the Purple Star and Lens of the Day.

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      very beautiful lens, made me cry.

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      MexicoTravel 4 years ago

      A well lived life. Thank you for sharing!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Happy Mother's Day Titia Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful photos of your mother. I am so sorry for your loss.

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      LadyFlashman 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful photos and congratulations on a very well deserved LotD!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

      A really great lens Titia - you always write about the things which matter.

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Thanks for sharing your memories. Wonderful photos. And congratulations on LotD!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on LotD! Happy Mother's Day!

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Valuable lens! She's an angel now! Congrats for your LOTD!

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      101 is a great innings (you do play cricket there don't you?) I can see you mum walking back to the pavilion to a standing applause with her bat held high. Lovely tribute.

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      treasuresabound 4 years ago

      Lovely tribute to your mom who was a beautiful woman and was blessed with a long life. May her soul rest in peace!

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      journey103 4 years ago from USA

      I so much loved reading this beautiful tribute to your mom. Such great pictures that capture the memories and I loved your heartfelt writing. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      You've written a very touching tribute to a beautiful lady who certainly must've seen, and lived through, a lot in her long life...including two world wars! My own mother, who was born in the tiny Swiss village of Kleindietwil, lived to 95.

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      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Beautiful tribute. You are so blessed to have these wonderful memories

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Truly lovely story and tribute to your Mom!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for giving us the privilege of "knowing" your mother. What a blessing to read this story on Mother's Day.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I looked at every single picture and can see what a remarkable woman your mother was. Such a full life she led. Your poem is wonderful too. A lovely tribute to your mom.

      I'm sorting my mom's pictures and papers now and am starting a blog about that. We don't want their memories to fade away, so saving them like this is the way to go.

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      CoolMike190 4 years ago

      Wow this is awesome for today. 101 is a great achievement for anyone!

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      Im2keys 4 years ago

      this is so lovely, thank you for sharing! â¥

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      cire81 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens and truly deserve its place in lens of the day. Check out my lens too.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Titia this is such a beautiful loving tribute to your mom. Your daughter and her look so very much alike.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a wonderful Mother's Day Lens of the Day and such a great tribute to your mom. Beautiful lens in so many ways!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to your beloved mom! Happy Mothers Day! And congratulations on this marvelous Lens of the Day. :)

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      mcajaclyn 4 years ago

      What a nice tribute to your moms:)

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      e-special 4 years ago

      What a lovely memory. My mom is 51 years old. I can't think about living my life without her beside me.

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      kdmarshall lm 4 years ago

      What a nice lens.

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      Thank you for sharing your mum,s lovely story, happy Mother's Day and congratulationso on LOTD

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the best summers of love of your mom! I love that photo with your Grandmother in the window - precious!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You made me cry. I thought I would be able to get to this first Mother's Day without my mother without crying, (she passed away on the 20th January this year) but your beautiful lens was just too much. But don't feel bad please, all the photos of your mother brought back happy memories of mine too, so the tears were a mixture of joy and sadness.

      Congratulations on the LOTD and Purple Star. You deserve it with all these wonderful memories. Your mother still looked so beautiful in the photo of her 100th birthday.

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      pdxdonna lm 4 years ago

      Absolutely lovely....thank you for sharing, and posting the beautiful pictures!

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      NailArtDesign LM 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. This is a beautiful lens, your mother comes across as a wonderful person.

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      Therestlesssoul 4 years ago

      Such a sweet lens. It deserved to be the LOTD. Congratulations!!

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      ididntknewthat 4 years ago

      @GrimRascal: Brilliant lens, a worth watch... :)

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      GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      That's just so sweet. Congrats on winning LOTD and Happy Mother's Day.

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovely lens, lovely tribute. Many congratulations on LOTD for Mothers Day.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      This was such a privilege to read. What an amazing woman, and they way you tell her story is wonderful.