The SITS girls are having a Back to Blogging Challenge this week, and today’s prompt is to write a post about a woman who inspires you. I have loved being a part of this challenge, as I had strayed far away from blogging over the past months!
The woman who inspires me is my mother, Betty. She is 86 and is still very active . She is a woman of strong faith and totally dedicated to her family. She has always been selfless, and put all of our needs before her own. She is independent and has a quiet spunkiness about her.
During my life, my mother had endured more sadness than any mother should. My brother was killed in Vietnam in 1969 (he was 19) and my father passed away very suddenly, at the young age of 62, just as they were beginning the part of their lives together when they could be free!!!
My mom was always there for me. Even during the few years that she did work outside of our home, she worked at my elementary school, she was home when I left for school, I’d see her during the day, and she was back home by the time I got home! We have a very unique relationship. While many women adore their mom’s they will be the first to say they could never live with them, well my mother and I are able to co-exist. She has helped me to raise Tara as a single mom, there to lend a helping hand. My mother flew INTO Orlando back in 2004, to be with me when the 4th hurricane was predicted to hit, because I had become so stressed by it all.
My mom helped (still does) with her grand children and great grand children. At the age of 71, she helped care full time for her newborn great grandson Tyler. He is 15 now, and they still have a very special bond.
My mother is still very involved in her church, which is what helped her through the loss of my brother, her mother to Azheimer’s, and my father. She is still very involved with the church, heading several service projects, and on several committees. In her 80s, has gone to Mississippi and Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity and other such organizations in rebuilding homes destroyed by Katrina.
My mother is quiet, will rarely pat herself on her back, and continues to say, “I wish I could do more”, her mind is still very active, as are her hands, however, she has pain on a daily basis in her leg, and some days that slows her down more than she likes.
Some lucky participant of this challenge will win “Thelma and Louse” the washer and dryer above…. thanks to the sponsors – Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.
A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!