But there is another mom in my life.
She's an independent and very smart woman.
She tends to like doing things her own way.
A number of years ago, she broke her leg when she fell off a ladder. She was painting her house! She laid there for three hours because she insisted she didn't need a cell phone. BTW, she now has one.
There are times when I still find her mowing her own lawn if her grandson hasn't been by to help her out.
She's known for her special recipes like poppy seed cake and hot dog pizza. If I need a cup of tea and someone to talk to, she always makes herself available. But she has lots of opinions and ...willingly shares them too.
She was the valedictorian of her high school class and could have had a full scholarship to Columbia School of Journalism. But her father didn't want his daughter going to New York City alone so instead she stayed in her New Jersey home town to work.
However, she's always loved to write. She wrote articles for our family newspaper. And now, she has just had her first fiction novel published!
The name of her book is "Love, War and Eternity ...a Woman's Journey" by Lori Dare Lewis. You can find it on Amazon. She's thrilled to finally accomplish her life long goal of writing a novel. And I even think she's starting to write the sequel. I really think Oprah needs to interview her!
Here's what the back of her book says:
"Shamelessly, Laurel takes you on her journey through life. From the abusive, but secure atmosphere of her parental home, she traveled to Texas with a soldier she befriended. He offered her the safety and support she needed at this desperate point in her life. Little did she realize her decision would present social consequences she wasn't prepard to handle. Complicated situations continued to arise and, at times, felt she was in a constant battle with the fate she brought upon herself. After the death of her husband she planned to return to South Jersey with her son. It was the opportunity to claim the man she once vowed to love forever. Would he welcome her with open arms, abandon his family and resume the relationship they once had? Yes he did, but not as Laurel had expected!"
I can tell you something. If you enjoyed The Notebook ...you'll enjoy her book.
Her favorite companion nowadays ...is Barney. Barney is her beloved cocker spaniel. The two of them have their dinner together in front of the TV watching the news. She falls asleep listening to talk radio.
She raised her one son and three daughters pretty much by herself, providing each with the opportunity to go to college. She's so proud of her seven grandchildren who are growing up very quickly.
I wanted to tell you how proud I am of you.
And I'm so glad to call you ...Mom.
Happy Mother's Day!