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Mom Loved a Good Martini on Friday Night

Thursday, May 09, 2013

My mother loved a good martini on Friday night. Doesn’t she look elegant here, sitting in her kitchen of 55 years? A few years later she fell victim to dementia, but in this photograph she was at home and happy that her daughter (me) was home with her camera.

Many things come to mind when I look at this picture. She’s been gone several years now, and I miss her. Left behind is a legacy of eating healthy food, entertaining with food, and gathering our family around our table most of the days of my childhood. It was common for my mother to buy a box of strawberries and leave them out to snack on. She loved fruits and vegetables of all kinds and we ate them all. We drank milk at every meal and as for soda—well that was a treat once a year at my dad’s company picnic. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest we also had plenty of seafood, especially salmon.

My mother weighed the same 135 lbs most of her adult life. At 5’5 it was a terrific weight for her.

Spark has been a great help to me in managing my weight and life style. But as Mother’s Day approaches I also have to honor the start she gave me. In many ways learning to modify my lifestyle into healthy habits has been a lot like coming home to my mom's kitchen. And while I prefer water to milk at every meal, I do like an occasional dry martini on Friday nights.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BESSHAILE 5/12/2013 8:11AM

    What a great role model you had. Happy Mother's Day to you too.

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LGAR519 5/12/2013 7:27AM

    She was a very dignified looking lady!

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/12/2013 6:23AM

    That was a very special blog to read this morning. Your mom was special and gave you very good habits.

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SUSANNAH31 5/10/2013 10:54PM

    What a lovely tribute to your Mom for Mother's Day.

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TANYA602 5/10/2013 9:07AM

    What a striking woman! I love the legacy, family traditions and fond memories you share here. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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KANOE10 5/10/2013 8:18AM

    Your mother looked elegant and beautiful. I admire her for instilling healthy eating habits in your family and in keeping her weight stable and healthy. She sounds like a wonderful person in your life.


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NELLJONES 5/10/2013 7:23AM

    My mother is alive and suffering from dementia. Mother's Day was never a big deal for her, she thought it was a conspiracy by Hallmark cards. Now she doesn't know what any day is,but it's pleasant to remember the old Mom. How wonderful to have such wonderful memories of your own mother.

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NEW-CAZ 5/10/2013 2:18AM

    Wonderful blog! emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 5/9/2013 9:10PM

    My mom died in 1958 from cancer when she was 37 and I was 16 . I was her caregiver, consequently I never did finish high school. I had missed so many days that I felt I could never catch up. I told the counselor that I was quitting and no one encouraged me to stay in school. They didn't in those days.

It's a great picture of you mom.

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Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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KANDOLAKER 5/9/2013 8:41PM

    What an honor to your Mom! Blessings to her and to you on Mother's Day!

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CIRANDELLA 5/9/2013 7:31PM

    What a beautiful picture, TORTISE. I'm glad you'll be toasting this elegant lady - she had such presence! - with that martini :) I'm sure knowing you'll be doing so would've brought a happy, warm smile to her face, too. Happy Mother's Day to you in advance! emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/9/2013 4:54PM

    How inspirational! I often wonder if I'd been raised with different eating habits if I would have struggled with weight. Nonetheless, it's a lifestyle I have developed and can thus pay forward.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 4:12PM

    This is a lovely way to honor your Mom. So is your committment to a healthy lifestyle. You're following the path that she set you on. That's a real tribute.

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JLITT62 5/9/2013 4:00PM

    She does, indeed, look very elegant! What a nice tribute to her.

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MKELLY72 5/9/2013 1:11PM

    I love your spotlight on your mom--and the lovely habits that she maintained and the great example that was for you. She looks so happy--and yes-elegant indeed.

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CELIAMINER 5/9/2013 1:02PM

    Super story about the legacy your mom left you! Made me recall that we always had fresh veggies cut up in the fridge and put out a plate of them at nearly every evening meal. Of course, we also had lots of white bread, hamburger, and other less healthy stuff, but my mother did the best she could with the grocery money.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/9/2013 12:17PM

    What a great woman and what a wonderful daughter to pay such a sweet tribute to her.

That is a beautiful picture.

Thank you for sharing!

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SANDICANE 5/9/2013 11:38AM

    What a great story about your mom, and a wonderful picture too.

We miss our moms when they're gone, don't we...


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KANSASROSE67 5/9/2013 11:37AM

    What a great tribute to your mom! Mine has been gone more than 10 years now, but I still miss her. She was a petite lady who struggled to weigh enough...not a problem I inherited!


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