Wonderful question Poppy! I don't know really where to start! There were so many great things about my Mom!
1)She gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 46. I turned 40 last August. Back in 1969 women werent' that much into having babies in their 40's.
2)Having 12 healthy pregnancies, including me the last child.
3)Her optimistic outlook. When I was younger and going through a lot of hard times financially she would say, "It's not going to be like this always". I had just graduated from college in the late 80's and there was a horrible recession. I had to wait tables and work at a local supermarket. I was around 21 and I couldn't see past the present and had a "doom&despair" outlook on the future. She believed more in me at that time, then I did in myself.
4)My mom was a world class cook&homemaker! A lot of people say that about their moms, but mine was certified pro!
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My mom is VERY loyal and loving. I know without a doubt that she loves me and always will. I was deathly afraid of coming out to her, but she was instantly accepting. I am very lucky to have her in my life.
My mother is also a lot of fun to be around. We always have happy times together. And, she is concerned about my well-being and is always willing to help when I or my kids need it.
I wouldn't call my mother my best friend, but I would say she is one of the very few people I enjoy being around 24/7.
She was (she passed away many years ago at Christmas) a very special person to me and I miss her a lot.
"Don't let what you can't do keep you from doing what you can"(Frank Ferrell)