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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Real Mothers

Real Mothers don't eat quiche.
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little Voice says,
'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

The top photo is of my mother and my sister - probably in the late 80s/early 90s. The bottom photo is of all the women in the family who were or became mothers - probably in the early 70s. Top row left to right is: sister Jackie, my mother, my aunt (Dad's sister). Middle row: half of my sister Robin, my Nana Jones (Dad's Mom), my Grandma Williamson (Mom's Mom). And there's me bottom center. Let's see, my Mom had 3 daughters, Aunt Jo had 2 sons and 1 daughter, Nana Jones had 2 sons and 2 daughters, Grandma Williamson had 1 son and 1 daughter, my sister Robin had 2 sons and I had 2 daughters. Sister Jackie never married or had children, but she is the absolute BEST Auntie you could ever ask for. Click to enlarge photos.

So here's to all you mothers out there! May you have the loveliest weekend ever celebrating with your children and if you aren't able to be together, may you have the loveliest memories.


Maggie May said...

I really, really enjoyed this post! Loved your definition of a Mother through the ages of a daughter!
Hope you enjoy Mother's Day. We had ours a good while ago.

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Spot on Lesley - the stages of a mother!

It is Mother's Day here in New Zealand today too - looking forward to seeing all my chidlren and visiting my own mum...now where is my breakfast!!!! lol

Russell said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Leslie!

I hope you do something for yourself today!

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Leslie,

What a beautiful post and wonderful photos. I always find it fascinating to look at the faces across the generations. Your lovely Grandmas' features are shared very obviously in their daughters, then shared in a another lovely mix across their granddaughters.

I hope your Mother's Day was a happy one. My dear Mum gets her present from me in a couple of weeks time when I am up staying with the folks.

We never went in for Mothers or Fathers day, however I will be repeating the gift from when I was working yet still living at home....

Mickle will clean the oven for her dear Mum, Molly - between Molly's 72nd birthday on the 29th, and the dear parents' (Molly and Gordon) Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on the 6th of June.

Busy, busy but so much fun ahead.

Care and huggles, Michelle xxx

sally in norfolk said...

great post.... sometimes i wish i had a daughter

nancygrayce said...

What wonderful memories! I think my mama had that exact pair of glasses that your mama has on in the top picture!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day!

Liz said...

Gosh, you look like your mum!

Thumbelina said...

That is a beautiful post and a great tribute to mums. Some very true words in there.

The photos are fab - you look great!