A mom, an Ang, a son, a daughter-in-law

img001 (3)For Mom

You gave me love, always. You gave me forgiveness.

You gave me meat loaf and tuna casserole. You gave me a pink bike and a Sally Starr costume. You gave me Connie Mack, the Phillies, Cracker Jack, and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

You gave me Princess and my own room when I needed it.

You gave me a love of grammar and the written word.

You gave me vacations in Florida and that one memorable trip to Rehoboth.

You gave me our legacy of Wales, the Welsh, my old family. You taught me no matter how old I get, I can learn new things, and new languages.

You gave me love, laughter, life.

For Ang Ang

You gave me love, always, just like Mom. You also gave me a strong talking to when I needed it.

You gave up your life to give us life. You worked, you provided, you laughed. We laughed with you.

You gave me “Silver Bells” while I cuddled on your lap. You gave me the Dorseys and the jitterbug.

You gave me crosswords and jigsaws, the world in the encyclopedia, and the courage to attempt the New York Times crossword puzzle.

You gave me, “Speak up for yourself because nobody else will,” and, “Stand up against prejudice.”

You, too, gave me love, laughter, life.

DSC00781For my son

I gave you life. I can still put you over my knee…well, maybe, with help from your squadron.

Being your mom is the greatest gift, ever.

You are the most incredible dad I’ve ever witnessed. You are goofy, playful, and you pay attention to your kids’ education.

You don’t care who sees you imitating Jim Carrey in the aisles at Walmart. I so love that about you.

You like Elvis – I don’t know why. But I love that about you, too.

You do the laundry and the dishes. You rock.

I am so proud of the man you are, the husband you are, the father you are.

To my DIL Chris

You are the daughter I never had! You are the bestest of BFFs.

If I had been tasked with picking a spouse for my son, I could not have done better.

You are hard working, fun loving, and you make funny faces when my son is being goofy.

You love the Yankees and the Cowboys, and I don’t even hold that against you.

You are an awesome mom. You cuddle, you love, you discipline.

Keep the Pampered Chef gifts coming.

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15 responses to “A mom, an Ang, a son, a daughter-in-law

  1. Wow…how much better could it get? Well, maybe if you had MY son, but you’d never be able to get him away from me, so there!

  2. You have the best son and DIL, I have the best daughter and SIL and we both have Welsh blood. What more could anyone want?
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  3. Beautiful, my friend. A blessed family through the generations – all around.

  4. Karoline Stock

    Some great memories and well said, Karen. Your family is lucky to have your thoughts written forever. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  5. karenrsanderson

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. I kept the promise I made to myself and stayed off the internet ALL DAY Sunday, for me! I hope everyone had a wonderful day.

  6. Okay, you had me at “You gave me love, always,” and the tears started. This is a beautiful testament to love, to family, to appreciating what you/we have. Thanks Thanks Thanks.

  7. Lynn Henriksen

    My Roughwighting friend, Pam, sent me the link to your beautiful Mother’s Day story…tears welled up in my eyes as I read as your words evoking a multitude of tender thoughts. Oh, the power of Mother Love!

    I’m beginning TellTale Souls’ Volume II, which will be “just telling tales” of mothers (without the guidebook aspect of Vol. I). I’d love to include a story from you, if you’d like your voice blended with those of dozens of TellTale Souls who answered one question: “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive into the future, what would it be?”

    Keeping Spirits Alive,
    Lynn
    (Lynn(at)telltalesouls.com is the best way to contact me or submit a story.)

    • karenrsanderson

      Oh, boy, do I ever have a story that captures Mom’s character and keeps her spirit alive. I’ll be in touch. Weird thing…Pam and I were just chatting about you this morning, online. She says you’re from ND?

  8. Oh, Karen, you’ve got me reaching for my Kleenex on this one…the power of your love and your gratitude is flying around the world on the words of this post. What a gift to us all!

  9. Audrey Keith

    Beautiful. I never had an A
    ng, but I mss my mother more every year.

    • karenrsanderson

      I miss my Mom and Ang, too. Every Mother’s Day is a celebration (I have my son, my DIL, my grands), but I miss Mom and Ang so much. I still get that feeling, when something happens, that I want to pick up the phone and call them.

  10. How sweet and lovely for you to have two wonderful mom figures, Karen. And both of them so devoted and loving. They would be incredibly proud of the woman, mom, grandma you are today!!!

    • karenrsanderson

      Yes, I had it good. I know they are watching from above and saying, “Dang! We did a pretty good job!” 🙂

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