My mom was born in May 1916. She passed away in 2010. She was a strong woman. She taught me to be strong. To celebrate Mother's Day I thought that I would share a few excerpts from the eulogy that I shared 6 years ago.
|High School Graduation with Mom|
I already miss my Mom. I want to end my talk by sharing a few thoughts with you about her. When I think about my Mom I will always think of a New York woman. It was hard to keep up with Mom. She could out-walk anybody on the sidewalks of the city. St times when I was growing up she seemed so fearless.
When I think of her, I will also think of an imperfect woman. Mom made mistakes but she was not a person who let herself wallow in those mistakes. She knew how to forgive herself and move on. It took me a while to understand that about her. As I get older I am understanding it more and more.
But most of all I will remember Mom as the woman who was instrumental in making me who I am today. My Mom showed me how to be tough in adversity – God knows I have needed that lesson. She taught me to believe in others and believe in myself. She always accepted me and loved me for who I was. Mom was proud of me whether I was in school, in the Army or working at AT&T. When I was around her I felt encouraged. You know, it was years after I left home that I realized that I had limitations. I knew no limits with Mom. Her love for me inspires me still.