Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Hero is My Mother

My mother gave me a very good life and did a super job of raising me. She taught me from wrong to right and she made sure I got a good education. I can't imagine where I would be without all her help she has given me. My life is so much better because she was very supportive and helpful. She raised me in a ranch house with one floor in Kingston, New Jersey. The picture above was taken when she was pretty young. This is the house I grew up in as a kid. It is not there anymore. They tore it down to build a bigger house instead.

There were a lot of things to do in the backyard when I played with my brother. There was a jungle gym, sandbox and a clubhouse that we played in. The yard was pretty big with woods behind it that lead to a creek. I remember taking walks through the woods to see it. It always fascinated me when I was little and I would look at the minnows swimming in the water. On the side of our house there were tomato plants. So we had fresh vegetables with our salad. My mom was a fantastic cook. She made sure I ate very healthy and she also made sure I didn't eat too much junk food. As I grew up she got me involved in horseback lessons, gymnastics,arts and crafts classes and piano lessons. Each week I had to practice the piano and I became good at playing it.

Those are both pictures of my mother, she liked to travel to different places in the world at times. That's me as a little girl in the red shirt. She was always smiling in her pictures. My mother was always very well dressed also. She took great care of me and my brother. This is a picture of me and my brother who I used to play with. He was a very good and very smart kid.

We had a pretty good life. She took us on a trip to Florida every year to visit her parents. That was always so much fun. I loved going to Florida. We were at the zoo in that picture above. She took us to visit museums, to the zoo, and to plays. She really enjoyed life and educating us on interesting things that life had to offer. The most exciting trip she took us on was the Disney Cruise with our grandmother. I really enjoyed going there, and my daughter went. My mother worked hard to make sure I attended speech therapy after I was 3. A man used to come to our house to make sure my hearing aids worked and everything. Back in those old days, we didn't go to a hearing aid shop back in the 1970's. She was by my side through the most difficult times and helped me through them. She gave me so much support and worked hard with me to help me understand what was going on. I missed out on a lot of things because of my deafness, but my mother always helped me to understand what was happening. I am so grateful for my mother. What would I do without her?


  1. I just happened to stop by your blog tonight. I was trying to do some updates on my blog and read your post. You had a really cool mom. She really took the time to nurture you and create the woman you are today. It's nice to see how memories can be captured in photos. What would we do without this invention. I have to say that my mom was always there but she wasn't the motherly-nurturing type. Maybe that's because I was a tomboy and spent more time with my dad, learning about cars, playing basketball and such. I'm always curious to read about other people's relationships with their parents. Those relationships really give me a better insight into the people I meet and why they are like they are in heart, mind and soul. One question for you: with the hearing aids, how much can you hear? I work with seniors and they still have a hard time hearing and they complain that the batteries run out fast and hurt their ears sometimes. Thank you for sharing a piece of you. -Selena B.

  2. Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. It's interesting to hear about the way your mother was. Sounds like you enjoyed spending time with your father learning things. When I am wearing my hearing aids, I can hear about 65 to 70 percent. I can hear people talking around me in the room. But I can't make out the words, it's more like mumbling sounds. I have to face them to lipread what is being said. I also can't hear very low sounds like whispering with the hearing aids on. Sometimes my hearing aids are uncomfortable too, but I am used to them. :)

  3. It's always nice to hear that someone had a wonderful relationship and upbringing with their mother as that's not always the case. It's also nice when you can sit back with a glass of wine, take the old photos out the box and think on the old days.

    1. Thanks, she did a good job of raising me well. I don't know what I would of done without a smart mother like her. Thank god I was blessed with great parents. Yes, I have been looking through my box of old photos. How did you know? It's sad that some people don't have this in their life.


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