Part of me wanted to draw the blinds and shrink from all human contact today. Then I decided that would not be honoring my mom or my daughter on this Mother’s Day. Plus Hannah wouldn’t want me to wallow in self pity either. So here’s to my mommy, otherwise known as “Peg Peg” by all who know and love her.
My mom is a tuff bird who faces life with humor and spunk. She’s had some challenges in the last few years, but I admire the way she tries to see the good in everything. I wish I had her kindness and patience…and her cream puff recipe.
Hannah was Peggy’s first grandchild and they bonded like cement.
Most of her life folks would tell Hannah that she looked just like her daddy.
But we had a lot in common too.
The pictures below were taken exactly 25 years apart. 1964 & 1989. The one on the left is moi.
The only difference is I have brown eyes and Hannah’s eyes are green.
And Hannah and I spent a lot of time alone together when she was little.
Come to think of it…Jim took a bunch of long vacations to the Middle East in the early 1990s. Wonder wazzup with that?
My last mother’s day was bittersweet. Hannah was home recovering from an illness and we were so happy that she was under our roof again. She spent some mysterious hours in her room secretly making a beautiful present for me.
Sculpey clay is Play Doh for grown ups. She played with it for hours when she was girl, making animals, jewelry but mostly FOOD. She is a Burlingame after all.
Jim is taking me to brunch today to a restaurant in the country where we had one of our last meals out with Hannah. She loved it and I took a picture of her beaming over her salad.
I know it will be challenging to hold it together when the waiter wishes me a Happy Mother’s Day, but I’ll try hard to just smile and say “Thank You”.
So thank you Peg Peg for putting up with me for 53 years.
And thank you Hannah for 27 Mother’s Days with your sweet and beautiful self. I’ll see you again some day. I love you, The Mommymonster
Love you very much. Thanks for sharing your feelings today.
Thank you Regan. You hit the jackpot with your mother. You knew that already. Love you. Deb
Thank you Regan. Love you, Deb
I just prayed for y’all. Tears.
Thank you Linda. I appreciate your prayers and need them so much. Happy Mother’s Day to you. Deb
Thank you Linda. Love you, Deb
Holding you in my heart and prayers this morning!
Thank you Pat. This means so much to me.Deb
No words. Sending you love. Hugs coming next weekend.
Can’t wait to see you and my sweet Uncle. Deb
Love you, cuz! Hugs & prayers!
Love you too Boo. Hugs, Deb
Thank you for your brave share. I’ve been thinking of you and how hard today would be. I’ve been very melancholy this weekend, but I’ve got baby chicks!! So be sure to check them out!
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I will check them out Mary. I did see them eating with their dad. Highly unusual. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. Deb
Beautiful post from a beautiful mom. You are an example for all of us to follow with your amazing strength and courage.
Thank you Betsy. You are kind. Deb
Thank you Betsy. Deb
Absolutely beautiful tribute. I have thought of you all day. I love you
Thank you Renee. Love you. Deb
I am proud of you Debbie. I can only imagine how hard it was to put on a brave face today but you right, Hannah would never want you to lose your joy. Be know that there are plenty of us around who are happy to sit and cry or sit and laugh with you depending on the day. Just call.
Thank you Cindy. You are very kind. It was a hard but meaningful day to me. It was comforting to be with Jim every minute and to have so many wonderful responses to my blog. Deb
Oh Debbie, what a beautiful post – you have been on my mind so much these last few days. I have typed and deleted so many things here – so hard to know what to say. She was sure her mama’s girl in so many ways. I hope I can get to Alabama to see you soon. Love you, K.
Thank you friend. I can’t wait to see you soon. Deb
I finally got the nerve to view this link. I’m in tears all over again! Thank you for sharing! I love you, Hannah!!!
I’m so sorry Brent. I know she loved you too.
Dear Deb, I met Hannah at Disney Epcot Center sometime in 2004/05, I wondered today how she is doing and looked up her name. I‘m not sure if I understand correctly, but may I ask what has happened to her?
Hannah died Dec. 15 2015. I can send you a message if you want to know more. May I have your email please? Mine is Burlingames@wowway.com
I think I gave you the wrong date. December 3, 2015