Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Tribute

Mother's Day is a time to pay tribute to moms. My mom died four years ago and I miss her so much.

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!
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13 comments:

Warren Baldwin said...

I'll bet your other mom will be brimming over with pride at this tribute to her. Good job.

LisaShaw said...

I'm sure your Mom is so proud of you Debbie. This is a beautiful tribute of her love and care and how exciting that she finished her first book!

I don't read fiction (just my preference is non-fiction) but I think I am definitely going to have to make an exception and grab your Mom's book.

Love you sweet one. Your heart is in my prayers on this day.

Saleslady371 said...

This is such a lovely tribute to your other Mom! Have a wonderful day!

char72 said...

How great to have a "second Mom". She sounds like a terrific lady and the book sounds so interesting.
Hope you are having a great day.
Charlotte

Gail W. said...

Your other mom's story of writing in the second half of life inspires me tonight. Thanks for sharing it!

Denise said...

Such a lovely tribute.

God's Girl said...

You just have such a special way of having gratitude for what the Lord has given to you. Your love for Jesus is so visible in your writings. I know it can be a hard day when we miss our moms here on earth.

You bless the name of the Lord when He gives and takes away. It speaks volume of your intimacy with our Jesus!

Thanks for sharing how the Lord has given you another sweet friend (mom). Isn't He just so gracious that way?

Love you friend! You inspire me!

Julie

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

A bautiful post. Hoew special to have a another Mom. Hope you had a great day.

Beth in NC said...

That was very sweet Debbie. She sounds like a wonderful lady.

Love you,
b

JottinMama said...

What a sweet tribute :)

And how awesome that this special lady in your life just released a book! How cool! So inspiring :)

Have a great week!

-Kate :)

L-Jay said...

We are all a sisterhood of mothers and daughters. I'm glad women have divine motherhood born within us to help each other on our journeys - it is the envy of every man.
:D

The BIKE Lady said...

What a lovely tribute to moms everywhere. Thanks for sharing it.

And how cool that your "mom" realized her dream by writing a novel!

Jackie

hk said...

I loved reading about your "other mom's" life. I don't want to fall off a ladder, but I hope I have the spunk to get up on it in my golden years (which isn't that far off, by the way), to try new things, and to keep reaching for my dreams.
A beautiful tribute.

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