Thursday, September 20, 2012


Today would have been my Mom's 73rd birthday.

 I have this list full of quotes that she would often say.  I was planning on sharing some of them on this post.  I went to the drawer where I keep it, sat down in front of my computer, and started to read them.

How can a bunch of phrases she used to say get me so emotional?  I think it's because there's a story behind each one.  A memory of where she stood when she said it.  The look on her face.  The sound of her voice.  It's all there with this list.  The love and the laughs.  It's all there.

Personal Maxims:
*Less is more.
*This too shall pass.
*To thine own self be true.
*Is it really worth it? (while sitting on the couch watching elaborate cooking shows)

*Let me do the worrying.
*Can't keep a good girl down.
*Plenty of life left in the ol' gal.
*I'll see you when I see you.
*Time to do my exercises. (during commercials, she'd get up and do stretches)
*HEL lo (answering the phone)
*Home again, home again, jigity jig
*All back in the same day.
*You stinker. (while playing someone in double solitaire)

The Children:
*Jimmy, Bob, Mary Grace, John......time to come in.  It's bath night. (yelled up the street)
*Hiya Pumpkins! (to me)
*Hi Beautiful ( to Mary Grace)
*Bob's got nice hair.
*Last minute John.

*Hiya Pop!
*Hi Honey, How ya doin'?
*What can I get 'cha?

The Uncles:
*How are you, my brother?

*Would you like a snack?
*How about a nice banana?
*Can I get you anything else?

*Six in one, half dozen of the other.
*Crash, bang, allaka zam (when she would drop pots or pans in the kitchen)

Needless to say, we teased her a lot.  I don't think she minded.  But she would always come back with, "You'll miss me when I'm gone."

And she was right.  I really do miss her; more so now than ever.  I've often thought that if I could just have five minutes with her......but then again, no.

Someone once said, "The time we have with our loved ones here on earth is just a small fraction of the time we will be with them in eternity."  That is such a comforting thought. (as long as I can get myself there, that is).  So, rather than miss her and be sad today I'm going to try to look forward to spending another lifetime with her in Heaven.  So Happy Birthday Mom......

                                                    "Til we meet again."


  1. What a nice tribute Kathleen! I just think it is amazing you keep a list of her most famous quotes!! A love like that surely is eternal :-)

  2. Praying for you today...this makes me cry good tears!

    Hugs to you!

  3. Great job Kathleen. Brought back a lot of memories. Very comforting to know we will see her again...Love, Brother Bobby

  4. awww.. loved Mrs. B ! She was the best, as sweet as they come ! I can still picture her greeting me as I walked in your house. She had such a gentle soul .

    What a beautiful post .

    Love you!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

  5. Loved your mom. I have another one for you.. She used to say it when shopping with us at the mall, "when in doubt, don't". It has probably saved me much money over the years. Good advice for many situations.
    She was one of a kind and will always be remembered because she touched so many lives.

  6. Awesome! You have such a gift for writing and this blog on Mom is more proof. Loved it. If not emotional enough for me, imagine me just reading this now while away in Houston for work and about to leave the office after a really long day. Just glad my coworkers already left.
    I miss my Mommy!
    Thanks Katkeen !

    Ps Patty D - Great catch -, I member that one very well !

  7. Great job Kathleen makes me very proud . She was all that and more. Love Dad.

  8. She was a love and one of the most peaceful women I ever knew. We are all better for knowing her. Thanks for sharing your precious memory.

  9. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memory. She was one of my favs!

  10. This was so sweet and very touching. I can think of all kinds of things my mom has said over the years that have helped define and shape who I am. I think I'll give her a big hug the next time I see her. Thank you for reminding me to cherish what I have.

    Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.