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Words of Wisdom From My Mom

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

My Mom knows ALL about Spark People and sent 2 comments that she has lived by over the years. She is 89 now and has led a very good life, so I usually follow her advice. I would like to share her 2 favorites with you in today's blog.

Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

The meaning of life is not to be found in a distant world of abstraction, but in paying attention to everyday happenings and details in one's life. One's perception has to be in the field of living. In contemplating where the truth may be found, it just might be right before you.

In reading the first comment, I can't help but think of all that my Mom and Dad and others of their generation went through during World War 2. My Dad was only 17 when he enlisted in the Navy and when my Mom graduated from High School in 1942, her first job was at the local Rationing Board. Her second job was at an Ammunition Plant about 25 miles from home. They had to grow up fast. Mom married Dad in 1944 when he was on leave in Rhode Island. When World War 2 ended, Dad came home and was only here a short time when he was called back for the Korean War. Mom was pregnant with my brother and I was 3 years old. They had just bought a house. I can't imagine what my Mom's feelings must have been at that time. I would guess that she felt that she was "Falling down" many times, but she got back up and went on living. I have so much respect for people of her generation. They were indeed our "Greatest Generation."

My Mom and Dad were both very "Down to Earth" people. My Dad was a Partsman for the Ford Garage in town and my Mom held many jobs; she was a telephone operator, worked at the local canning factory, at the local Post Office, and at the Drugstore in town. We never had much money, but we never felt poor either. They balanced their lives and lived within their means. They were very honest and hard-working and passed these qualities on to my brother and me. My Mom lived her second comment. What you saw was what you got with her; no pretenses; total honesty and she expected the same in her relationships. She always told my brother and I that she would trust us until we proved her wrong. Neither of us wanted to break that bond.

Sunday is Mother's Day. I am sure that most of you have very special memories of your Moms. The above were but just a few of mine.

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