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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Mother's Day Weekend 2020

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My beloved "second mother" Aunt Elma (January 10, 1916-November 10, 2010) and Mom (January 2, 1916-November 8, 1987) — at their 60th birthday party here at this old house:

Photo taken in January 1976.

I miss both of them every day.

My Aunt Elma's favorite song:

Mom's favorite song:


  1. Was Doris Day singing that the only instance of someone breaking out in song in an Alfred Hitchcock movie?

    1. The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart. Doris played a popular entertainer –– a songstress naturally –– who used the song to convey a signal to her kidnapped son trapped in the mansion of a diplomat with murderous designs on a VIP.

      The song was Doris's way of telling the boy, "Never fear, Mommy's here" in front of large elite gathering innocent of what was happening around them.

      Of course it was JIMMY STEWART acting as a self-styled ommando, who saved the boy from certain death at the hands of the band of villains in a memorable scene that akes place on a broad staircase.

      This was remake of a British Hitchcock film of the same name with Margaret Lockwood in the role our Doris would later play. As I recall, Lockwood did no singing.

      I frankly prefer the original black-and-white version to the remake, but both are great fun. I never tire of the climactic scene ocurring during a choral concert at the Albert Hall where all depends on split second timing with a cymbal's loud crash.

  2. Nice post! We should cherish our mother while they are with us, and hold them in our hearts forever.

    Doing what our mothers taught us (wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, respect people's personal space, be polite) will get us through this pandemic.

  3. I miss my mom, too! Happy Mother's Day, AoW!

  4. _________ M-O-T-H-E-R _________

    I've been around the world, you bet, but never went to school
    Hard knocks are all I seem to get, perhaps I've been a fool;
    But still, some educated folks, supposed to be so swell,
    Would fail if they were called upon a simple word to spell.
    Now if you'd like to put me to the test,
    There's one dear name that I can spell the best!

    "M" is for the million things she gave me
    "O" means only that she's growing old
    "T" is for the tears she shed to save me
    "H" is for her heart of purest gold
    "E" is for her eyes with love-light shining
    "R" means right and right she'll always be
    Put them all together they spell MOTHER,

    a word that means the world to me.

    When I was but a baby, long before I learned to walk,
    While lying in my cradle, I would try my best to talk;
    It wasn't long before I spoke and all the neighbors heard,
    My folks were very proud of me for "Mother" was the word.
    Although I'll never lay a claim to fame,
    I'm satisfied that I can spell the name:

    "M" is for the mercy she possesses
    "O" means that I owe her all I own
    "T" is for her tender, sweet caresses
    "H" is for her hands that made a home
    "E" means ev'rything she's done to help me
    "R" means real and regular, you see
    Put them all together they spell MOTHER,

    a word that means the world to me.

    ~ (lyrics by Howard Johnson - music by Theodore Morse) 1915

  5. Happy Mother's Day to all who qualify.

  6. To all the Mom's out there: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.

  7. _____ Mothers in Memoriam _____

    How fondly I remember
    ––– the days when mothers cared
    And tried till the last ember
    ___ died to teach that what we dared
    To say in gleeful wild defiance
    ___ was unworthy and insulting
    A bane to self-reliance
    ___ 'cause old Nick we were consulting.

    Today, as though besotted
    ___ by an ancient witch's potion
    Our mothers' mores rotted
    __ to Old Nick they've pledged devotion
    And children free to shout and curse
    ___ and freely masturbate
    Live lives immeasurably worse
    ___ for being profligate.

    ~ FreeThinke

  8. _______ FOND REGRETS _______

    I took from them, and took from them
    And never let them know
    How very much they meant to me,
    And how I loved them so.
    Somehow the debt was never paid,
    So I’ll forever owe,
    A debt I cannot hope to pay.

    Before I could wake up
    To say what I should say
    They had left this earth
    So, now I am forsaken,
    Ne’er to be redeemed
    For gratitude not given.
    And so the next best thing
    I did was try to be like them.

    ~ FreeThinke

    1. Franco,

      "Fond Regrets" is too often true for many. I myself managed to avoid this sin:

      Before I could wake up
      To say what I should say
      They had left this earth

      This part is certainly true for me:

      I’ll forever owe,
      A debt I cannot hope to pay

  9. Franco,
    Thank you for contributing to this thread. I had a crazy weekend with various chores and was AWOL from the blogs.


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