May 9, 2010 “Mother’s Day”
May 9, 2010 ” Mother’s Day”
My Mother turned 18 less than a month before I was born; I’ve been with her for her entire adult life. She was just 24 years old when she sent me out to the bus for my first day of school, with my little brother watching at the kitchen window and my baby sister in her arms. My mom has been a mom almost since she was a kid herself. She has never failed. She has been working in her chosen profession for over 47 years and has never failed to do that job for one minute, an impressive record by any standard. I’ve watched my Mother develop, build, and maintain her three greatest projects for nearly five decades without a single misstep that I can recall. She has loved her children through all our failures and fortunes, our losses and lunacy. She has been deeply hurt at times, I’m sure, but she never faltered. My Mother’s love has been steadfast though tested and tried many, many times. I overflow with pride when I get the opportunity to tell others that I am the son of Ina Harris.
Todd, Amy, and I have been blessed with a wonderful Mother and an incomparable example of human compassion. Our mom is the most selfless person I know. She has given a very large part of her mature adult life to the care of other people. She has freely given her time and much effort to helping family and friends through sickness and death. Over the years she and my dad have logged thousands of miles and countless hours driving to and from hospitals and homes to ease the burdens of the sick and bring comfort to them. I’ve watched my Mother be mother to children that were not hers as if they were her own. I’ve seen her nurse old and infirm friends right up until the day they died. I watched her ceaselessly care for both her parents in their old age until they were both gone…she never gave a thought to herself. If my siblings and I can be even half as compassionate and selfless as our Mother we will be fine human beings by any measure.
Throughout my life I have been blessed with lots of laughter. Laughter and humor is a big part of who I am. I think I have a great sense of humor and pride myself a little on being able to bring laughter to others. I love to hear laughter. The laughter I have heard most in my life, hands down, is my Mother’s. I have heard her laugh more than any other person in my life. There is hardly a time when you visit my mom that she doesn’t find something to laugh about…she’s just a happy, joyful person in general. She’s a natural born cut-up. She was constantly pulling little tricks and jokes on my brother, sister, and me when we were kids, so we each learned to have a good sense of humor, and that has served all three of us well.
My Mother loves life. She loves to travel and to meet new people. She and my dad are campers or RVers, if you will. They have spent time in 49 of the fifty states, Canada, New Foundland, and Mexico. Hawaii is the last state on their list. I’m sure they’ll get there and when they do, my Mother will make new friends there, just like she has all over the entire North American continent. My Mother loves to live! And, she has done just that from the western coast of Alaska to the eastern edge of New Foundland, and from the Arctic Circle to the tip of the Baja Peninsula, and she has loved every mile of it, and, I’m sure, laughed all along the way.
On this Mother’s Day what could be better? For I have the distinct privilege of being the firstborn son of a wonderful woman who has taught me and many others how to…
Love, Laugh, and Live!
Thanks Mom…I Love You!
Your proud son, Tracy