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Hug your mom today if you can

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!  If your mom is still alive spend some time with her today, and let her know how special she is.  Both of my parents are gone and even though I did not have the best relationship with them I wish that they were still here. 

As I look back I have several fond memories of my mom.  I remember my sister and I playing on the sidewalk in Terrell Texas in front of the house we lived in.  My dad was in Vietnam fighting in a war I knew nothing of.  My mom would always treat us kids to Graham crackers and milk.  I guess my sister and I were 6 or 7 years old at this time.  I remember watching the Sound of Music with my mother more than once.  This was one of her most favorite movies because she recognized the many hills that were in this movie.  My mother was born and raised in Austria and I guess this movie was made close to where she was raised. 


I remember how incredibly smart my mother was.  She spoke 12 languages and was an interpreter for the Austrian consulate as a young woman.  I remember that my mom impressed the importance of reading and education on my sister and I.  During the summer break my mom would take my sister and I to the Greenville Public Library.  All three of us would check out 20 books each.  My mother and I would read our stack of books within a week and then we would switch out our stacks and read them.  That means we would read 80 books a month or 240 books during the summer vacation. 

I am thankful that my parents loved my sister and I enough to rescue us from the German orphanage when we were just babies.  My father was stationed in Frankfurt Germany and met my adoptive mother at a bingo game.  They fell in love and were married and tried to have children.  After several miscarriages the decision to adopt was made and that is how my sister and I became naturalized citizens 8 years later. 

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