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Remembering Mom on Mother's Day and always.

Mom was as beautiful as the Violet flower she was named after.

Mom was as beautiful as the Violet flower she was named after.

Honor your Mother...

May 8th was Mother's Day. Don't wait until Mother's Day or on your mom's birthday each year to celebrate your Mother. Simply be grateful that you still have one. Especially if you are older, say 50 or over.

It was May 29, 2008, at 2:47 am when my loving Mother passed away from Lung Cancer. My life has never been the same since. It's a date and time I will never forget. Violet was her name. Mom was as beautiful and delicate as the flower for which she was appropriately named after.

I was very fortunate to have such a wonderful Mother. Mom did everything we asked and rarely complained. When I was 20 and came home late from a concert, she would ask "Are you hungry?" Of course, I was, and she would proceed to cook me a meal after midnight. She made her grandson homemade French fries on almost a daily basis. She did this up until a few months before she passed. My mother lived her life for her husband, three children and grandchildren.

Many of us take our Mother for granted, especially when we are young. I did when I was a teenager and also as a young full of myself business professional in my 20s.

However, my life forever changed the day my Mother passed. Part of me died inside and suddenly so many things that were important in the past became completely unimportant.

I'm happy to say our relationship was good. Mom and I were very close. Now, I don't fear my own mortality as much since I believe I will see my mother again when I'm no longer here.

My mother was very genuine. She was so sincere as Dad would often say, yet simple. The simple things in life made her happy. And in the end, she was so much stronger than the delicate flower she was named for.

When she heard the news from the Doctor on her birthday that she had Cancer, she simply responded "I had a good life." At age 78 she passed after a four-month struggle battling this dreaded disease. Not a day goes by since May 29th, 2008 that I don't think about her on a daily basis, nor feel the huge void that will never be filled.

Appreciate and honor your Mother each day she's here. Since my beloved Mother's passing, I hear the words often in my head that someone told my sister, "No one loves you like your mother." How true that is.

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Gail Morales-Cummings on May 29, 2018:

Your words have a way of painting a picture of a beautiful human being. Your Mom would be very proud of the special man she raised! What a heartfelt, loving and moving tribute to your Mom!

Cecilia on April 05, 2017:

James ,I sent you an email

Thank you so much for the article!

Stacey on October 03, 2014:

I don't think anyone or anything can replace the love of a mother. Sometimes they may not show it in the best way, but I know my Mom doesn't go a day in her life without thinking of all of her children.

James on July 07, 2014:

What a beautiful tribute to the most wonderful aunt anyone could ever wish to have. I commend you for your respect James my cousin, she truly is looking down and being proud,

Tom Folan on May 28, 2014:

Beautifully Written ! Awesome writing.

gail hollingsworth on May 08, 2014:

i love and miss my mother more than words can says .all i can say is if you still have your mom be with her all you can i would give anything to have my mom backlog only have one.

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