Shoutout to my mom

I want to give a little shoutout to my mama.  We’ve had our differences over the years, like any mother and daughter, but I can honestly say she’s one of the most thoughtful people I know. And woefully under-celebrated for it. One small example: if you mention you like something, even in passing, she’ll put it in her memory bank for later.  She’ll notice what chocolate you eat when you’re home and mail it halfway around the world, wrapped, for Christmas.  My mother has never forgotten a birthday or an anniversary or overlooked an important date. (The woman’s got a memory of an elephant. Unless you’ve wronged her—in that case she lets it go). She sends more cards for these events than anyone I know: even to people she doesn’t know that well or who have abused her and my father’s kindness. 

With her church group, Peg hand-knits shawls for people who are sick or grieving. My grandmother used  to call her the power behind the throne, (my father being the king) and she wasn’t kidding.  I think even Dad  would agree (to a point) that that’s a fairly accurate statement, or at least not inaccurate.  Hers is a quiet power. 

Probably no one would accuse her of being touchy feeling or lovey dovey. My first boyfriend still jokes about how, after years of us dating, she still signed her cards to him, ‘Fondly, Peg.’ As mentioned, her caring nature is more quiet; backed up by actions instead of little nicknames or endearing monikers, for which she has little patience. (I may have gotten that from her.) 

My mother is extremely humble and probably would never want me to post her picture here, but I just wanted to show my appreciation, because unfortunately it’s rare that I do. Love you Mom! Thank you for all you do, for me and so many others.

2 thoughts on “Shoutout to my mom

  1. Amanda,
    I stumbled upon this earlier today while thinking about my mother who died from a fall 7 years tomorrow. As always, your writing is beautiful. I’m so glad you did this shoutout to your mom, Peg, while you still can, even if it from many miles away. Because I knew your parents and Mrs G from working @ the JC – waitress and front desk in the late 70’s to mid 80’s, I so enjoy your recollections about your family and island life. You are a very gifted writer. Enjoy all your worldly travels.

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    1. Oh Linda that is so very kind of you to say. I *thought* I recognized your name! My parents will be thrilled to hear that you wrote. I’m so sorry about your mother. Yes, it’s important that we tell them how we feel, even if difficult, while they’re still with us. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Take care!

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