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Tuesday, May 8 2001

Red and white carnations

To my surprise, it seems no one has any good thoughts to share about their mothers or motherhood. I'll do what I can, but may have to switch back to conspiracy theories, or even music (!) if there's nothing else coming in before Sunday.

Though the thought of my mother's passing was the major fear of my childhood (being the last child, my parents seemed relatively older than my peers' parents), when she died at age 84 when I was 51, there was no grieving. I think my brothers and I shared the feeling that our mother had had a good if (compared to our own) a hard life and, as far as we were concerned, there were no unsettled issues between her and any of us. That harkens back to what Lisa said in yesterday's entry...when all is said and done, the best thing that can be said about our parental relationships is that there were no estrangement issues.

It was sad, over the final three or four years of her life that Mother had lost most of her short-term memory. First we had to give up phone calls home (she and Dad were living in Aloona, the three of us living 400, 500, and 2700 miles away respectively). And by the time Dad passed away in 1992, we could hardly converse with Mother at all. But the other side of that sadness was that it made the loss of her gradual and incremental. From the time I moved away from home at age 23, I was constantly thinking of things to report in the next letter, call, and visit. That had to be given up well before she died.

We saw her lose the will to go on living and knew that at least to some extent, her passing was a blessed release from the separation she felt so keenly after Dad's death.

Mother's Day was a very big event in my childhood. There always had to be carnations to wear to church on that day, a white corsage for her and a red or pink boutonniere for me. White carnations were for mothers passed away (my maternal grandmother died when I was four and I have no memories of her), the red or pink ones to honor those still living.

It was a great blessing to have been able to wear red carnations on Mother's Day for most of my life.

Please share your thoughts about mother/hood.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

More "funny" than ha-ha funny fun facts*, part 3

28. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
29. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
30. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
31. Pearls melt in vinegar.
32. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
33. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are married.
34. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
35. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
36. Average life span of a major league baseball: seven pitches.
37. A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
38. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
39. Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

*Or, more properly, "allegations." No authenticity for these claims are made by the webmaster or the Nanty Glo Home Page.

Sent by Zan

Politically correctness

Nothing that is morally wrong can ever be politically correct.

Sent and/or possibly written by Joyce
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