Happy Birthday, Mommy

If only she could see her namesake or the one that’s a curly haired clone of the other one, that would be truly awesome; however, today we’d be celebrating her 106 years on this earth and that wasn’t meant to be.

She died in 1987 from pancreatic cancer, still one of the most horrible and painful diseases. We took care of her here at home with the help of hospice. Since she was a head nurse, she taught me things like how to do her IV and heparin locks, and she’s the reason why I’m a great caregiver and caretaker. I’m forever grateful that I was able to care for her until the end.

Angel Boy 1.0 was –without a doubt– the love of her life. Here she is with AB at 18 months, the same age as Angel Girl 2.0 is right now. They were best buddies. She would be so very proud that he grew up to be a great dad AND a tenured professor before he was forty years old. (Notice the clever way I slipped that in?) We knew he was VERY smart.

Always fashion forward, I found some old pics of me and mommy. It’s true what they say. You never stop missing your mom, no matter how old you are.

I wonder what I’m reaching for…

Here I am the same age as AB 2.0, just about five years old. Funny thing to share is that I still braid my hair like this in pigtails (like right now) and I still don’t know how to throw a ball, but I DO know for certain that my ribbons perfectly matched my outfit. Always. Check out the saddle shoes that were never dirty.

Happy birthday to the original CharChar; you are missed.

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Mommy

  1. You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful mother.

    Ugh! The thought of Pancreatic Cancer brings back the loss of a young mother and sister to my daughter-in-law. It’s the worst, I swear.

    I am lucky to still have my Mom (age 93.). Sometimes I think about how lost I’ll be without her. Even at my nearly 70 years of life.

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    • CA of the pancreas is really the worst, I agree. Even now, there’s nothing to do. I think that’s what Alex Trebek had too. So very sad to think that it touched your family, too. Yes, you are SO lucky. Even when they’re annoying, having a mom alive is so special! Speaking for me, haha, my mom could be annoying but 99% right.

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