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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Happy Birthday, Mom. We miss you.

 

She was a true Tennessee Coal Miner's Daughter.  
She was tough.
She was proud.
She was kind and gentle.
She loved her family.
She was dedicated.
She loved her roses. 
She was a great writer.
She was brilliant.
She was God fearing.
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You made a difference, Mom.
You made a huge difference.
You are not forgotten.
We all miss you.
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Ya know, I think I'll append a cute little story to this blog post.

Circa maybe 1967 or thereabouts, Mom had a car accident at a notoriously confusing intersection in Rolling Meadows, Il.  The driver's side of the big Ford station wagon was heavily damaged and Mom (uninjured) got the ticket. Well, the car was drivable and she got it back home okay but she was anguishing about what Dad's reaction would be when he arrived from work and saw the damage.  She seemed to be asking me, of all people, the second oldest and most devious and troublesome of her five sons, for advice.  Initially I suggested that she should just tell Dad that I had wrecked the car and she vehemently answered that she would do no such thing.  I then told her to give me the keys and that I would position the car in the driveway so the damage was visually away from the direction that Dad's carpool always arrived.  I recommended that she let Dad have a nice relaxing dinner after which she could casually mention "Oh, by the way, I had a little accident with the car." I could tell by the look of relief and admiration on her face as she asked, "Do you think it will work?" that she thought the idea was brilliant and that it did not compromise her strict code of ethics.  

Well, in short, it all worked out as planned. She fondly recollected that incident to me many times over during the many years thereafter.  

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😎
To Mom,

with love,

James Jr.
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