Friday, May 9, 2008



I want to tell you how very much I miss you. To not have you here on Mother's Day is so hard to believe. I have so many memories of you and of my childhood and how special you made me feel. You made sure that I knew you thought I was your "beautiful daughter" and I remember not 2 months before you passed away you told me that "no matter what happens, no matter.... what you loved me and were very proud of me".

Some of my memories are how hard you tried to make sure your children had what we needed. You worked so hard as a single Mother after our Father passed away and left you a widow at the tender age of 32 with two small children to raise.

I remember the used bicycles you stayed up all night painting so that they looked shiny and new on Christmas morning. I remember you never could keep a Christmas secret and if we tried hard enough you would eventually tell us what was in that pretty wrapped present.

I remember you picking me up from first grade and how scared I was that you would not come to get me. I loved horses and I wanted one of those plastic horses at the five and dime store so bad. You said to me that if I didn't cry and be scared for one week that you would buy me that horse. It was hard but I did it and I still remember that awful feeling but you kept your promise and I got the plastic palomino horse.

I remember you always sang "School Days" days, school days, dear old golden rule days, reading writing and ritimatic. Talk to the tune of a hickory stick.....every year on the first day of school.

Every Easter you would sing "Easter Parade"..In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. Oh how you loved to sing.

I remember when my Daddy passed away when I was 7 years old and how sad I was that you didn't have him anymore or ever again.

I remember you taught me to live by the Golden Rule. You taught me morals and you taught me about Jesus. You taught me to stand up for myself and to love and share and forgive.

I am the person I am today because of you Mama and I am proud that I was your daughter. I miss you so much but know that you are basking in the glory of God and that someday I will be there with you and Daddy.

I Love You Mama, Happy Mother's Day
Rest in Peace


Jeannene said...

"OH Patti,

she is looking down right now proud as can be at who you are!! You are so thoughtful,caring,loving&lovely and very giving and that is enough to make any momma proud of!!

What a sweet and touching Tribute. You are in my thoughts and prayers this weekend. I know it will be hard so know that my heart goes out to you, you have my prayers for you sweet Patti.


Anonymous said...

Patti, I couldn't have said it any better than Jeannene. You are a beautiful woman with a loving spirit. Your mother is proud of you. I'm so impressed by you. I will keep you in my prayers.

Hugs and Love,

Debbie in NC said...

Patti, I know how hard this day will be for you and hope you, as a wonderful Mother also, will be surrounded by love and family!

Beautiful tribute...

P.S. For a year after Mom passed away, I sent her emails to an account created MomNana2003 on AOL becaue I so desperately missed talking to her. Who knew if they have email in heaven :) ((Patti))

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Patti, this is such a beautiful post! It brought tears to my eyes.

I hope you have a wonderful day with your family tomorrow.

Tons of hugs,

Mica Garbarino said...

oh Mama... she loved you sooo much. I know you miss talking to her almost every week... I couldn't even imagine. I am so glad though that we get to talk so often now. Mama Chicckkie you are ever so special to Tony, me and the kids.. we love you with all our hearts and honor you, not only on Mothers Day but... everyday. We miss Gramma too !!! Tony just said today he wants to watch the video Vinnie did for the funeral... You know he did it right??? anyhoo.. we will call you on Sunday. This post made me cry !!! I love you, Mica

Linsart said...

Happy Mother's Day, Patti! Your post about your Mother touched my heart. I am thinking of you this Mother's Day. Your MaMa did a wonderful job, Patti, to have given you so much, and most of all, she gave you the capacity to appreciate and to love! Bless you on this special day!

Just Joni said...

Happy Mother's Day Patti-your post brought tears to my eyes, but it did put a smile in my heart because I could feel the love between you and your mom...I hope today is filled with sweet memories and a day to make memories with your own!

many hugs,

little chef said...

My Grama,
I was driving home from work, and i decided to send grama grape a text message and i told her that i miss her and i love her. She is watching over all of us.
happy mother's day to you too. I am so happy that you are my grama. I love you to the fishies grama.

Fete et Fleur said...

I am ovecome with the beauty of this tribute! What a wonderful Mother!! You have been given such a precious gift in have these sweet memories of your beloved Mother. Blessings to you and I'm so glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Hugs! Nancy