Sunday, May 8, 2016

MOTHER'S DAY

 

    




I hope that your Mother's Day evokes fond memories. Unfortunately, life isn't like a Hallmark Card commercial and all mothers weren't saints. I know people who had rotten mothers hardly worthy of a mention. This special day only serves as a bitter reminder.

Despite all the unhappiness and turmoil in my life, I was very fortunate to have an extraordinary mother: my friend, mentor, and confidant - - brilliant, strong, selfless. She was my only anchor in a sea of chaos. I never fully recovered from her death; in truth, I died the day she died.

It's probably sappy to make a tribute video, but I've always been fiercely sentimental.
I made this video last night. It's rather long (5 minutes, I think). Best viewed full screen.

Happy Mother's Day to all.  Jon

  
        

23 comments:

  1. nice video, jon. your mother was a saint; mine was just a weak spineless blob.

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    1. My Mom was nearly a saint, but my father was the Son of Satan.

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your mother. My mother and I are extremely close too. I don't know what I'll do when she is gone. We actually have a song You and Me Against the World. Its beautiful but sort of sad. I can't remember who sang it. Your mother was certainly beautiful too. Enjoy your memories today friend.

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    1. helen reddy sang the paul williams composition.

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    2. I should have known Encyclopedia Britannica would have the answer to that! :)

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    3. Years ago it was deemed a crime to be a "mamma's boy". Today, in retrospect, I'm proud that my Mom and I had a close relationship. I'm glad to hear that you're extremely close to your Mother. Cherish every moment.

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    4. I vaguely remember the song. Thanks, AM for identifying the singer/composer.

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  3. Your mother was absolutely beautiful. You have made a wonderful video and tribute to her. My mom died also and it's tough on Mother's Day.
    God bless.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The amazing thing is that my mom never purposefully tried to look good. She was just that way naturally. It's incredibly difficult to deal with the loss of a mother - especially at such a young age as your Mother was.

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  4. A beautiful tribute to your mother, she was a beautiful lady.

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    1. Thank you, Jean. I know that you can fully understand the pain of loss.....at least we have our cherished memories. Take care.

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  5. What a beautiful tribute! Your mother was always in fashion and you guys seemed to always have pets (a big plus in my book). Be glad you had a mother worth missing that much. :)

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    1. It's difficult to believe, but my Mom (like myself) had very little confidence. She was self-conscious, even though she was beautiful.

      Unfortunately, my father didn't like pets, so we didn't keep them for very long. That's undoubtedly why I appreciate my cats so much now.

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  6. Mother are generally the ones who deal with and manage the flaws and dangers of the father, at least in the time when your mom was raising you. She was caught between a true rock and a hard place, and it is to her credit that she succeeded in having you feel loved and cherished by at least one parent.

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    1. Your insight is absolutely correct, Tony. I truly owe thanks to my mom for my survival (both physically and mentally).

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  7. Beautiful tribute... and haunting. The music you've chosen and those early images cloaked in fog combine to mesmerize. Lots of photos I'd not seen before!
    Thank you for sharing these pieces of your heart, Jon.

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    1. You always manage to connect with the things that mean the most to me. I love the poem (which always brings tears to my eyes) and the images that I chose to go with it.
      I was initially going to omit the poem, because it made the video too long - but now I'm glad I included it.

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  8. Heartfelt tribute, Jon. My mother was a gentle tower of strength who raised my 3 siblings and me after our dad died in 1960. She kept us together and prosperous and I miss her very much.

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    1. Your Mother must have been truly remarkable, Geo. She obviously accomplished things that were nearly insurmountable - especially back then, when it was so difficult. It's such a tragedy that you lost your father at such a young age.

      You are tangible evidence that your Mom did everything right.

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  9. Sentimentality rules the day. The poem you used is one of my favorites. It was a lovely tribute. She was a special lady, indeed.

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    1. I've always loved that poem, and it never fails to make me very misty-eyed. It wasn't until quite recently that I finally learned the true identity of the author, Mary Elizabeth Frye (she wrote the poem in 1932).

      I'm hopelessly sentimental. It's somewhat of a curse.....

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  10. A lovely tribute to your mother. In the UK Mother's Day isn't today. I have sometimes wondered why we have different days to celebrate our mothers.

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  11. Mother's Day seems to keep mysteriously changing from one day to another. There should ideally be one universal day for it.

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