Sunday, May 8, 2011

* Happy Mother's Day *

This is a Rerun from last year's Mother's Day post. I decided to share it again today.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Although some of our own mothers are deceased, they are still a part of us, aren't they?

This is one of my favorite pictures. It's my mom, my dad, brother Mike and me. It was taken around 1957-1958 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. We were on one of our summer vacation trips visiting relatives. My two much-older sisters were both in college at that time, so they didn't come along with us.

My mother and I are wearing the ever-so-popular "Mother/Daughter Dresses" which were very "in" at that time. My mother sewed them herself and I thought they were quite special.

We look like the All American Happy Family, don't we? It's hard to believe that just about five years later, my parents divorced. Dad pretty much abandoned us. Mom did the best she could, being thrown into an entirely different life than she wanted, or ever envisioned. Holidays were dismal, though, and life in general was gloomy.

There's much more to the story, and some of it will be included in my book.

(Mother's name was Ruby. Below is one of her much spouted quotes, which I despised and swore I would never say to MY kids! The meaning of it was: You have to suffer in life and the only time you get what you really want is when you get to Heaven! I don't think I have to tell you that I didn't buy that one bit. I believe life is about happiness and joy and love and laughter....and going out there and finding your bliss!!

"You don't always get everything you want in this life." -- Rubyism


  1. I love the picture! Thanks for sharing. :) Happy Mother's Day!

  2. The picture is wonderful. I am always curious to know if what photos depict is what was real. After all, everyone smiles for the camera! Look forward to hearing your story. Happy Mother's Day.

  3. Funny how quickly life can change. I'm glad you have that photo to remember some happy times. My Mom and I had matching dresses once also! I had forgotten! LOL...Happy Mother's Day!
    Thinking of you today Becky!

  4. You are lucky to have pictures of when you were young. I have very few. Happy mom's day.

  5. You have some real tales to tell--looking forward to reading your book. Happy Mother's Day!

  6. I hope you had a nice Mother's Day today, Becky. Hugs to you! :)

  7. Happy Mother's Day Becky! I love your mother's name - Ruby. And love the photo too!

  8. Great picture. I believe she is partly (but not totally) right about life being tough. We can find heaven or hell here on Earth. We just need to look for the heaven but accept at times life can be hell.


  9. Happy Mother's Day, Becky!
    I remember reading this, but it was nice to re-read it. And I love that photo!

    (Love your new blog design too, so pretty :) )

  10. Glad you re-ran this and love the picture and your cute little mother-daughter dresses!

  11. Love the photo, Becky.
    And the Rubisms are priceless.

  12. That does look like the All American happy family. But we all know we put on our best external masks often, especially for pictures. Can't wait 'til your book is out. Hope you had a happy day yesterday.

  13. What a precious photograph Becky! I think you and your mom are looking quite fashionable and cute!

    Keep working on that book, so happy for you!



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