Today, September 6, 2015 would have been our mom’s 96th birthday. This is one of our favorite pictures of her taken 12 years ago. Life doesn’t work out the way it should – when she was alive and living at her home in Garner and then when she lived at Concord Care Center, I was so busy working that I didn’t have enough time to spend with her. Now I’m retired and have plenty of time and she’s gone. She and Becky always went for so many rides – most of them around Clear Lake . I was the oldest and Becky is the youngest with a brother between us. Mom was hard on me and I, in turn, was hard on her in my younger days. I was the overachiever with the high work ethic and Becky was always the “baby” in mom’s eyes, shaking her head in amazement at some of the things she did but never protesting too much.
Mom was extremely blunt and direct, a trait that she personified at the Care Center. Oh, she did say some funny things! And after being at the care center for a bit, began calling it “home sweet home”. When we would return her after an outing, she’d always say that and then add, “who knew it was the most popular place in town?” She definitely took a bad situation and made the best of it.
She spent over 40 winters in Edinburg, TX, and led an exercise class there for the residents in the park. When she quit going to Texas, she started a Senior exercise class at our church that still meets every weekday morning at 8:30 as they exercise to the tape she made for them. She taught country school as a young woman and took up the game of golf when we were kids, paying for her membership with her egg money.
We miss her and I wanted to write this short tribute to her on her birthday.