Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Mother

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Wiggin

A Mother's love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation . . .
A very splendid miracle man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand.
~Helen Steiner Rice~

Mom on one of our numerous camping expeditions.

There are times when posts are very difficult to write. I am well aware that it is difficult for anyone to spend an inordinate amount of time on any one post. It is hard to consolidate some topics into a limited amount of space.

Today is my Mothers Birthday. Her name is Rachel. I am very proud of my mother. My parents were pioneers in the south where I grew up. At that time my dad was a practicing Presbyterian Minister. They both believed in equality and social change. They were behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964 before it was an Act. My parents divorced in the mid 1970’s. My mother went back to school and received a degree in social work from Widener University. My eldest brother, Mark, and I had the luxury of a SAHM. My little sister, Laura and brother, Tim grew up with our mother working.

Laura and my Mother dancing.

My Mother never remarried. She is dedicated to her work, family, friends, the democratic committee, and a new church group that she enjoys. I was very happy to hear that she took a group tour to Smith Island recently and enjoyed it very much. She makes a few trips a year to Florida to see one of her good friends who moved there.

She has worked on the Democratic committee for as long as I can remember. I can’t remember a single election that she was not “working the polls”. One of things I remember clearly is standing next to her waiting to hand out the flyers. She could spot right off the bat who was a democrat and who was a republican. She was correct 99% of the time, and it was not the clothes they were wearing. She just knew. I was amazed at this odd talent.

I am sure she is well past retirement age but she continues to work. She cares deeply about her clients and the work that she does. A phone call in the middle of the night to inform her of a death that nobody else cared about including the people who made the call brought my mother to her knees with tears and grief. She has worked well over twenty years caring for mentally disabled elderly people. These people reside in a facility and are not at home. Human rights and justice are very important to my Mom. The people she cares for can’t tell her that they appreciate what she does with words. I went to visit her one day at work. It was then that I realized she was so different from the direct care staff and other people interacting in the lives of these people with severe disabilities. When they saw my mother a brightness came to their eyes and a smile or silly giggle exploded from their mouths. They were truly happy to see her. Isn’t that something? She is dedicated to making their small worlds a good world. She called me this past Sunday and I was shocked to hear she was calling me from work.

Happy Birthday Mom. I love you!

I am not keeping a secret. I can’t splutter out my mothers age because to be totally honest here I do not know myself.

These are some quotes my mother would like.

Age is a number and mine is unlisted.~ Anonymous

Old age is always 15 years older than I am.~ Bernard Baruch

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.~ Robert Frost


Blogger .- said...

and 15 years older than I am as well..
this is the nicest post

... Happy Birthday to them.

August 23, 2006 5:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Raggedy's Mom!

August 23, 2006 6:33 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Happy Birthday to Raggedy's Mom!!! Have a wonderful blessed day!

August 23, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Happy Birthday to a very special lady---yes you have to be, after all you are Raggedy's Mom and Raggedy is very very special to me. She is one great lady in this cyber world---she came on here and took my hand and has not turned lose, yep she has a friend . I call her special you if you are her mom I think you might be as well so there you have my take on things...that is how you get the Happy B'day wish. May this be your best one yet.
Each year should get better as we never get older we get better. Enjoy your day, my friend's mom.

August 23, 2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

August 23, 2006 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you with all my heart- hope I can print all the wonderful thoughts and sayings- Mother- Rachel

August 23, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger jac said...

Hey Mom !

A happy Birthday from a stranger, who landed in your daughter's blog the very first time.LOL

August 23, 2006 12:51 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Your mom and my mom would have had a blast together.

August 23, 2006 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to the Raggedy Mom and thanks for a lovely and inspirational post.

August 23, 2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom. She has a wonderful name too! :) She sounds like a truly great lady!

August 23, 2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger eyes_only4him said...

aww, hope your MUM had a great day...


August 23, 2006 9:03 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

A Happy Birthday wish were it applies, and a *hug* for the memories of those looking down from a fabulous room with a view.

August 23, 2006 9:35 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

HAPPY b-day to Rachel, your dear mother.

I hope her day was a great one!!

So, her age is unlisted, huh??
Young at heart is what counts.
At least that's what I keep telling myself. :-)

August 23, 2006 11:13 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

A Very Happy Birthday to you Mom who sounds like a rare and wonderful himan being! Long may she wave!
And to your dear departed friend, too. A Happy Birthday to him, as well.

August 24, 2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Raggedy
Happy bithday to to Mum and Mark
Thank you for my bithday and health wishes .I have a busy August also 4 birthdays 1on the 10th,11th,21st was mine and 26th . Take care, Jen

August 24, 2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Ah, Raggedy, Such lovely thoughts of a lovely woman.

August 24, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger Lois Lane said...

Happy birthday, Mom! She is a keeper.
Lois Lane

August 24, 2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger cube said...

Awwww, what a loving tribute to your mom and your friend.

Happy Birthday, Raggedy's Mom!

August 24, 2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Happy Birthday Rachel !!!

Very nice post.
I am sure your mother would blush with pride by her little girl's words.
Now I took a good look at the picture and copied it and ran a computer analysis and it came back with 26 years old.
The years mean nothing its how young the heart feels.

Catch you later Cool One

August 24, 2006 3:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy birthday to your mom! Sorry I'm a day late... Tell her thank you for giving birth to such an incredible lady! *HUUUGS*

August 24, 2006 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Mom sounds like a most remarkable lady. Wishing her many happy birthdays.

August 25, 2006 8:48 AM  

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