Reflections Of My Two Mothers


This will be the second Mother’s Day I am experiencing since my mother passed away in November of 2012. In a way it feels as though it was just yesterday that she left this earth, but in another way it feels as though it was ages ago.

There are times when I actually have to pause for a second and remember that she is no longer here physically, especially when I get the sudden urge to pick up the phone and talk with her.

A few months ago while I was taking the train out to Chestnut Hill, it made a stop in Germantown, which is where my mother was born and grew up. And as I looked out the window, I got very emotional imagining her as a little girl and what it must have been like to grow up in that area of Philadelphia in the 1940’s. It was amazing, because I could actually feel her presence with me as I imagined that.

I can’t tell you how often I will be watching an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (which was a show that she loved) and be transported back in time, recalling what it was like to sit and watch it with her on TV. I can still remember what her laughter sounded like anytime the character of anchorman Ted Baxter would say or do something funny. She would throw her head back, and laugh and laugh.

I also remember watching old Bette Davis and Joan Crawford films with her on a Saturday afternoon in our den, while she did the ironing.

Throughout the past 6 months, I have recalled so many cherishable moments and experiences I had with my mother. It's like pressing the rewind button on a film and viewing the past within my heart.

For those of you who may be new to my blog, the mother I speak of was my stepmother. My biological mother passed away when she was 40 years old and I was 6. My father got remarried about 2 years later to a lovely lady who raised me and will always be considered my mother.

She was only 22 years old when she married my father, who was 45. She was merely a child herself at that time, therefore was uncertain about how to be a mother, especially to three children that were not her own.

So do you know what she did? She simply loved us. And in doing so, she became a mother.

Several years later, she had her own child, my younger brother Tom.

And I’m not just saying this because she was my mother, but she was a very special and one-of-a-kind human being.

She was a cross between Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy and Audrey Hepburn. She was zany and very funny, but at the same time she had a beautiful grace and refinement about her.

She was like a chameleon, who could adapt herself to fit into any crowd and make herself at home; allowing others to feel at home and comfortable around her.

I couldn’t have asked for a better mother because she was a wonderful role model for me in so many ways.

She was kind, compassionate, generous, and always looked for the good in others.

She taught me how to respect animals and nature.

She provided me with so much valuable wisdom for when I became an adult.

She gave me a foundation of fertile soil, in which to grow and blossom on my own.

And I suppose because I was very young when my biological mother passed away, I can’t remember a single experience I had with her that I can share with you. However, what I do remember is how much she loved me. I recall her as being almost like an angel - somewhere between heaven and earth - ethereal.

As I got older, many members of my family told me what a lovely lady she was - kind, soft-spoken, and gentle.

So you see, I am a very fortunate man because I've had the blessing of being loved and nurtured by two mothers.

One who carried me into this world.

And one who carried me through this world.

Thank you, lovely ladies…


And I want to wish all you ladies out there who are mothers, a Happy Mother’s Day. Please know that you are appreciated and loved…x

58 comments

  1. What a beautiful post, Ron! And thank you so much for sharing the photo of your biological mother, as I hadn't seen that before. I certainly see something of you in her...I think it's the eyes. What a great feeling it must be to have been loved by two moms. And thank you for always remembering us moms out in Bloggerville. XO

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  2. SuziCateMay 05, 2014

    I think those are the hardest moments, when you want to pick up the phone and talk to someone you love and then you remember you can't. Lovely tribute to your mothers, Ron.

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  3. Lovely post Ron, your two mothers were very beautiful ladies, you're a lucky man.

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  4. Rob LenihanMay 05, 2014

    Ron, this is such a beautiful post, I don't know where to begin. You describe these two women so lovingly, it brings a tear to my eye.

    "...It's like pressing the rewind button on a film and viewing the past within my heart."

    Oh, God, is it ever. My mom's been gone nearly 12 years now and I'm still hitting that rewind button myself.


    I'm so glad you wrote this post, Ron, because this can be a very painful time of the year for those of us who have lost their mothers.


    I know that you are making both these ladies very proud indeed and they are up in Heaven smiling down on you.



    Have a great week, buddy, don't work too hard, and take care of yourself!

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  5. Ron, what a beautiful tribute to both your mothers! I went back and watched the memorial video you made of her and cried. Even though I never met your mother, I always felt as if I knew her because of the way you spoke of her on your blog. Your biological mother was beautiful as well. You look like her. And you're right, there was something angelic about her.

    "So do you know what she did? She simply loved us. And in doing so, she became a mother."



    That is so beautiful.


    Thank you for sharing this post today, Ron. I can just see your mothers smiling at you right now.


    Have a wonderful week and don't work too hard x

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  6. Hey there Bijoux!

    "thank you so much for sharing the photo of your biological mother, as I hadn't seen that before."

    You are so welcome. Way back in my archives (probably before you and I met) I shared that photo on another post I wrote about her. I think it's a pre-wedding photograph she had taken before she and father got married.

    " I certainly see something of you in her...I think it's the eyes."

    So many people have said that. I think I looked like my mother from the nose up and my father from the nose down.

    "What a great feeling it must be to have been loved by two moms."

    It sure was :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super week and a Happy Mother's Day!

    XO

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  7. "I think those are the hardest moments, when you want to pick up the phone and talk to someone you love and then you remember you can't. "


    Yes, they are, Suzi. And remember you saying the same thing on a blog post you shared last week about your father. I knew exactly what you meant.


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a super week and Happy Mother's Day to you!!!


    X

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  8. Thank you for your sweet words, Dale!


    Have an awesome week, buddy. And thanks so much for stopping by!


    X

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  9. Hey there Rob!

    "Oh, God, is it ever. My mom's been gone nearly 12 years now and I'm still hitting that rewind button myself."

    Isn't it something how those memories/experiences come back to you in a flash, as if watching them on a movie screen within your heart? For the past 6 months, that's been happening a lot to me. And It was the same when after my father passed away.

    "I know that you are making both these ladies very proud indeed and they are up in Heaven smiling down on you."



    Thank you.


    Have an awesome week, buddy. And thanks for stopping by. I'll be thinking of you on Mother's Day.


    X

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  10. Hola Denise!


    Thank you :)


    Yes, last night I went back and watched that video too and cried. It's so odd because I feel like my mother passed away only two days ago, yet I can't believe it's been a year and a half?!


    Many people have said that I looked like mother. Whenever I look at a picture of her or my father, I think I look like my mother from the nose up, and my father from the nose down.


    MUCH thanks for stopping by, girl, and for your sweet words. Have a wonderful week too! I'll see ya next Monday!


    X

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  11. Ron, what beautiful words you've written here -- and how BLESSED you were to have two such wonderful mothers! Growing up is hard enough for most kids, but Heaven smiled on you. TWICE!!
    I know just what you mean about being surprised when you realize that a loved one has been gone as long as they have. I experience that often when I realize it's been five whole years since Daddy passed. And you know? I think a lot of that has to do with the feelings we carry for them in our hearts.
    It sounds as if your father was a very wise man, to have chosen two such GOOD women to mother his children. And your second mom -- the one who didn't know how to be a mother but became one simply by LOVING -- beautifully said, my friend!
    Have a super week off and we'll see you next Monday.

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  12. Ron,
    You love is pouring from the words you have placed her. You my friend have been blessed and you continue to bring the feeling of gratitude to all of us.

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  13. Debbie, I LOVE how you said this...

    "Growing up is hard enough for most kids, but Heaven smiled on you. TWICE!!"

    You are soooooo right!

    " I experience that often when I realize it's been five whole years since Daddy passed. And you know? I think a lot of that has to do with the feelings we carry for them in our hearts."

    Yup...you said it. It does have to do with the feelings we carry for them in our hearts.

    "It sounds as if your father was a very wise man, to have chosen two such GOOD women to mother his children."



    I think so too :)


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a week and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!!!!!!!!


    See ya next Monday!
    X

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  14. This is such a sweet post Ronnie. My mother is very close to my best friend and I cannot imagine what it will be like when she is gone. It is nice to know you are able to still relive the memories you had with her. Keeping her memory alive is the best thing you can do!

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  15. Thank you for your sweet words, Dave. Thank you. And yes, I have been blessed.


    Have a super week, buddy. And thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  16. Hey there Shae!

    "My mother is very close to my best friend and I cannot imagine what it will be like when she is gone."



    My mother was the same thing for me...close to my best friend. And I feel blessed because I can still feel her close to me now, even though she is not here physically. Which goes to show that the 'connections' we have with people, always stay alive.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have an awesome week!


    X

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  17. Two very special and lovely ladies. I hope they're looking now so they can feel your love. I didn't realise your mom was a mere 22 when she married your dad.... wow, what a handful to take on at such a young age. I just hope you behaved yourself... smiles. I always enjoy reading your memories, Ron, especially ones which feature your moms.


    Take care, dear friend x

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  18. Good morning Valerie!

    "I didn't realise your mom was a mere 22 when she married your dad.... wow, what a handful to take on at such a young age."

    Yes, she merely a child herself when she married my father. And it impressed me so much by how quickly she fell into being a natural mother to us. I feel VERY blessed.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a lovely week!
    And Happy Mother's Day to you!

    X to you and Joe!

    See ya next Monday!

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  19. Thank you, Matt.


    I wrote this post about two days ago. It was one of those posts that just flowed.


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaaabulous week and I'll see ya next Monday.


    X

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  20. Mark PetruskaMay 05, 2014

    "It's like pressing the rewind button on a film and viewing the past within my heart."


    LOVE this description! And it's so accurate. Thanks for sharing this post, Ron. Even though I've read you for years, I don't think I ever picked up on the fact that she was your stepmother. Being 45 myself and married to a younger woman, I sometimes get teased (good-naturedly) about "robbing the cradle." I wonder if your mom and dad shared similar jokes?

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  21. Howdy Mark!

    "Even though I've read you for years, I don't think I ever picked up on the fact that she was your stepmother.'

    Yup, that's why I mentioned it again, just in case my readers (past and present) might not have known that.

    "Being 45 myself and married to a younger woman, I sometimes get teased (good-naturedly) about "robbing the cradle." I wonder if your mom and dad shared similar jokes?"

    HA! Yes...they (especially my father) did because there was a BIG age difference between them. But it's funny because my father was very young-acting for his age and my mother was very mature for her age, so it worked.

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent week!

    X to you and Tara!

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  22. Hey ho Robert!

    "I always forget that the mother who passed away in 2012 was your stepmother because of how you always spoke of her in your posts, like she was your birth mother."

    I always did too because to me she always just seemed like a birth mother. She and I had a very close connection, of which I was very grateful for.

    "And I don't believe I've ever seen a photograph of your birth mom, she's beautiful! And what a great hair. I love those 30's and 40's styles."

    Aw...thank you :) And yes, didn't she have a faaaabulous head of hair? I too love the styles from the 30's and 40's. So classic!

    "Not only were they beautiful on the outside, but they were beautiful on the inside too."



    Thank you. And think so too. GREAT ladies they were.


    MUCH thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week and I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  23. "One who carried me into this world. And one who carried me through this world." That was beautifully stated. I could say likewise. My father waited 11 years to get remarried. He even volunteered to wait until I was out of the house to remarry. That's how convinced he was that I would struggle. He was right. I did struggle. Later my stepmother and I laughed at how much power he gave me, and what a turd-bucket I was.

    And I *was* awful. Snotnosed teenager, I thought I'd give the go ahead and proceed to make it so miserable that she'd go away. She didn't. And she was the only 'mom' I ever knew, though she never allowed me to call her 'mom'. She said it was out of respect for my birth mother, but I think she was afraid of being the mom, even though she openly told everyone that I was the only daughter she ever knew. She lost her mother at a young age too, so I'd suppose that was a part of the issue.
    Regardless, you and I were both graced with loving women. And while I think I'll always struggle with Mother's Day, it's good to step back and recognized how very blessed I was, even in the tough circumstances.


    I'd tell you not to work too hard, but I think you and I only work one way...with our whole self present.
    That's a very good thing, I'm told.
    (((((( Ron )))))) Be good to you!!

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  24. Hiya Mel!

    " She said it was out of respect for my birth mother, but I think she was afraid of being the mom, even though she openly told everyone that I was the only daughter she ever knew. She lost her mother at a young age too, so I'd suppose that was a part of the issue."

    Yes, I bet that was definitely part of the issue. But I think it's awesome that she openly told everyone that you were the only daughter she ever knew.

    (((((((((( You ))))))))

    My mother also referred to me as her son as well, and I always referred to her as my mother. However, I always called her by her first name because when she first stared dating my father, I always called her Ann. Therefore, once they got married, I continued. Plus, it was the same...she said it should be out of respect for my birth mother. But I always thought of her AS my mother.

    "you and I were both graced with loving women."

    We sure were, weren't we?

    "but I think you and I only work one way...with our whole self present."

    HA! You said it, Mel!

    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week and Mother's Day!

    (((((((((( You ))))))))

    X

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  25. Ron, I forgot to mention in my first comment that I loved watching the video clip of Audrey Hepburn on your sidebar. How touching! And what a beautiful lady she was.

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  26. Robert, I found that video clip on You Tube last night and just had to share it this week on my sidebar. Wasn't she soooo beautiful? And I love the song!!!!!

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  27. Herman TurnipMay 05, 2014

    Fantastic post! Brought a happy/sad tear to my eyes. You, sir, are one very lucky man.

    And hey, don't work too hard this week. Set some time aside for yourself. Have a bottle of wine handy. Pop in a movie. Enjoy some time with friends or a good book. In short, work hard, but rest well!

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  28. Thank you, Herman. And yes....I AM one very lucky man :)

    " In short, work hard, but rest well!"

    Will do. That's why I wanted to take the week off from blogging and just chill at night when I get home. Like you, I have to work when the work is offered. And actually, I'm happy to get the extra hours :)

    MUCH thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week and I'll see ya next Monday!

    Also, please tell Karin I said, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler (the golfer)

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  29. Breakfast at Tiffany's! One of my favorite Hepburn movies. I also liked The Nun's Story, Sabrina, and Wait Until Dark. Such a suspenseful film!

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  30. Meeee too, Robert! And OMG...Wait Until Dark was sooooooo suspenseful! That final scene was nail-biting!

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  31. petra michelleMay 06, 2014

    Ron, your post brought me to tears! Absolutely lovely! Such a beautiful remembrance and tribute.
    We have been blessed to have had such angels in our lives. I'm so sorry to hear of others who don't/didn't have similar experiences of unconditional love. Ethereal is the perfect description, Ron. Their photos are such.
    Thank you for sharing your depths of affection.

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  32. Good morning Petra!

    "We have been blessed to have had such angels in our lives."

    Yes, we sure have :)

    And it's beautiful because I can still feel their love around me.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a fantabulous week!!!

    X

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  33. BenzekneesMay 06, 2014

    You were so lucky to have 2 mothers who loved you Ron! My mother is still living (heading for 80 soon), but I didn't grow up in a home where there was a lot of love. Instead I grew up in a home where "children were to be seen & not heard," where punishment was meted out often & with cruelty, where I don't remember ever being hugged. I asked my mother about it once & she said I pushed my parents away when I was just 3 & didn't want to be hugged or held anymore. I wonder if I was reacting to what my grandmother used to call "my poor red little hands" that were always being smacked as I learned to be the kind of little girl my mother could take anywhere & with pride tell the hostess she didn't have to move anything because I wouldn't touch her precious ornaments. My parents spoke often to their friends about how "children were not going to ruin their lifestyle."
    As an adult I had a really tough time reconciling my upbringing with the kind of parent I was to my own daughter (which was nothing like my own mother). I had to break contact with my family for over a year while I worked through this. I came back to the family when I heard my mother had been hospitalized a number of years ago & our relationship has been cordial ever since.
    I am sad for the little girl in me who so badly wanted to be loved, but I'm also sad for my mother who never got to have the close relationship with me like I have with my own daughter.

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  34. Benze thank you so much for sharing so openly and honestly on this post. In fact, I read your comment three times.

    "I had to break contact with my family for over a year while I worked through this."

    Yes, and I can TOTALLY understand why and think that was very wise of you to do so, so that you could work through it.

    "I am sad for the little girl in me who so badly wanted to be loved, but I'm also sad for my mother who never got to have the close relationship with me like I have with my own daughter."



    I applaud you because you 'broke the cycle' and learned how to have a close and loving relationship with your own daughter, when you could have been the same way as your own mother.


    You learned something. So be proud of yourself.


    ((((((((((((((((( You )))))))))))))))))


    Again, thank you for sharing on this post, my friend. Have a super week and I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  35. ikesport@aol.comMay 06, 2014

    Ron,you have touched me again. "Two Mothers" made me cry. My real mother had a real struggle to a new life in America. Even through she tried so hard,she failed. She left my brother and I in a Red Cross in DC and returned to her birth place,Japan. A loving lady,Sara Thatcher,took me in as a son. She loved me till the day she died. I still miss her to this day. She made me a better person. She taughter me to love everyone as family. Peggy and I name our second daughter after her. Thank you for saying it so well for me. I am blessed to have been loved by two mothers.
    Your freind,Dwight

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  36. lovely post ron. moms are something special. my mother and i "fight" each other or bump heads, but she's important to me.


    you're mom stepped in and - from the way you speak of her - did a fantastic job raising kids who were not hers biologically. it takes someone special to do that and for the kid(s) to feel that love.

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  37. Helloooooooooo Dwight!!!!!

    So great to see ya, buddy!!!

    And OMG...your comment made ME cry as well. What a beautiful and touching story. And I don't think I ever knew that about your real mother and the mother that stepped in and raised you.

    "She taught me to love everyone as family."

    See sure did, Dwight, because you are such a loving and caring person. And I know this just from knowing you.

    " I am blessed to have been loved by two mothers."

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing on this post, buddy, because you've added so much!!!!!

    Have a super week and please tell Peg I said Happy Mother's Day!

    X to you both!

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  38. Hey there Val!

    " moms are something special. my mother and i "fight" each other or bump heads, but she's important to me."

    Yes, they sure are, aren't they? And yes, my mother and I bumped heads throughout our time together as well. But the love we shared over-road those moments.

    "from the way you speak of her - did a fantastic job raising kids who were not hers biologically. it takes someone special to do that and for the kid(s) to feel that love."



    Thank you. And yes, she was very special.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super week and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!!!!!!


    ((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))


    X

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  39. Sabi SunshineMay 07, 2014

    Beautiful Post :) Loved every single word.

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  40. Hello there Sabi!

    So nice to see you :)

    Thank you. And thank you for stopping by. Have a great rest of your week!

    X

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  41. Oh my goodness, Ron. You should honestly write a book. Your posts just touch my very soul. I can **feel** the love that you not only felt for your mothers, but also that you received from them. I am sure that they would both be very proud of the man you have become. Happy Weekend Ron...I am looking forward to having brunch with my daughter on Sunday. xo

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  42. Good morning Jeanne!

    Thank you for your sweet words, my friend. I feel SO very blessed to have had these two lovely ladies as my mother's. And you would have loved my stepmother because she was such an 'animal lover' - especially dogs.

    "I am looking forward to having brunch with my daughter on Sunday."

    That's awesome! Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see ya next Monday!

    X to you and the girlz!

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  43. What a wonderful tribute to two very special ladies. Your post brought tears to my eyes. You always have such lovely things to say about the women who have influenced your life.

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  44. Hello there Lisa!

    "You always have such lovely things to say about the women who have influenced your life."

    I think that's because many women have been such a big influence in my life, especially when I was younger and growing up. Therefore, I have a deep respect and admiration for women.

    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a great rest of your weekend and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!!!!!

    X

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  45. Ron, I just stopped by to see how you were doing with work. Can't wait until you come back on Monday x

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  46. Aw..thank you, Denise, you're a sweetheart! Work is going very well. We're very busy and the next two days will be even more busy. Can't wait to get back to blogging on Monday. Have a great weekend!

    X

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  47. This was so beautiful, Ron. I can't believe it's been that long since your mother has been gone. I can totally relate to your saying that on one hand it feels like yesterday and on another if feels like forever ago.
    Like you, something will happen and I think, Oh, I have to call my mother and tell her this. I think in those moments she's telling me that she's with me and I'm sure your mother is, too.
    Hope the holiday shopping hasn't been too crazy! Have a good weekend~

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  48. My throat closed up the minute I got to the pictures. You know how I feel about when you write about your Mom... she was so wise and you have shared so many things about her that helped me in my own life. To see your bio mom and your mom who raised you together - it is so moving Ron. Two beautiful women. Both were so lucky to have you!

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  49. Hello there Katherine!


    Thank you so much for your sweet words about my mom. God, I miss her.


    This year I decided to share a post on both my mothers for Mother's Day. I've posted about each one of them in the past, but I wanted to share a post celebrating them together.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a great rest of your week and HAPPY MOTHER'S Day to you!!!!!!


    X

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  50. Hey there Chrissy!

    "I can't believe it's been that long since your mother has been gone."

    OMG, I know...can you believe that? It'll be two years in November.

    "Like you, something will happen and I think, Oh, I have to call my mother and tell her this. I think in those moments she's telling me that she's with me and I'm sure your mother is, too."



    I agree! And lately, I've been feeling my mother with me a lot.


    Much thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a great rest of your week and I'll see ya next Monday!


    X to you and the gang!


    P.S. I hope all is going well with your book!

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  51. Oh Ron, such beautiful words for two beautiful ladies. Being a stepmother is the hardest job I have ever had, so I truly know the sacrifices she made and I know her deepest rewards too. No doubt she is smiling and laughing beside you in spirit and a big part of her will always rejoice over the wonderful son she was gifted to raise. You, my friend, encompass the love of each of them and it makes you bright and joyful. What a blessing to us all. Thank you!

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  52. Good morning Angelia!

    " Being a stepmother is the hardest job I have ever had, so I truly know the sacrifices she made and I know her deepest rewards too."

    That's right, you're a stepmother as well, so you know exactly how my mother felt. And from reading posts on your blog, which you have often shared about your children, I can tell that you love and respect them as much as they love and respect you.

    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!

    X

    P.S. and thank you for your sweet words.

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  53. Ron, what a beautifully-written tribute. Thank you for sharing what is in your heart. Yes, you were hugely fortunate. They both live on in the loving man you have become. That is the best tribute of all. Hugs.

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  54. Jayne, thank you so much for your sweet words, my friend:)

    ((((((( You )))))))

    And yes, I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had these two awesome ladies as my mother's.

    Have a super weekend and I'll see ya on Monday!

    X

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  55. Geraldine H.May 11, 2014

    Oh my, what a couple of gorgeous ladies! Absolutely beautiful.


    This post touched me so deeply Ron. You have paid tribute to both of your dear moms in a very special way here.


    I am missing my mom SO much today, more than the usual heartache I have most days, without her being her physically. But I also have no doubts that she is still here, as are your own moms. Love never dies and our loved ones never really leave us. This I have no doubts about. But I would still give anything to just put my arms around my mom today, once more.


    I'm tearing up here so better sign off. Again, thanks so much for this incredibly beautiful and touching post. :-)

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  56. Ron, what a beautiful tribute to both your mothers

    I always forget that the mother who passed away in 2012 was your stepmother because of how you always spoke of her in your posts, like she was your birth mother. And I don't believe I've ever seen a photograph of your birth mom, she's beautiful! And what a great hair. I love those 30's and 40's styles.

    You certainly were blessed in having these two lovely ladies as your mothers. Not only were they beautiful on the outside, but they were beautiful on the inside too. And I can feel that from the way you described them.

    "One who carried me into this world. And one who carried me through this world."

    That says it all.

    Have a great week, Ron. We'll see you when you get back on Monday.

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  57. Ron, I read this post twice and will probably come back later in the week to read it again. Beautiful!


    And both your mothers were so lovely!


    Thanks for sharing. It really touched my heart, dude.

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  58. Hellooooooo there Geraldine!

    Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words, my friend :)

    "I am missing my mom SO much today, more than the usual heartache I have most days, without her being her physically. But I also have no doubts that she is still here, as are your own moms. Love never dies and our loved ones never really leave us. This I have no doubts about. But I would still give anything to just put my arms around my mom today, once more."

    (((((((((((( You ))))))))))

    I know exactly what you mean because some days I feel the same way. It comes in waves. And you are so right, our mothers are still here because their love for us never dies.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Geraldine. And I look forward to getting back to blogging this week; catching up with everyone.

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