It has been 20 years today since my mother passed away. This little note card was made by my daughter who is 7. I came home from my cottage last night to find both the note and some flowers she had picked for me. I feel blessed to be a Mother and also blessed to have had an amazing Mother for as long as I did.
My Mother was a very strong, smart and caring woman. Even now 20 years later, I am still inspired by her and find myself more and more like her in many ways. She was very respectful of the environment, mother earth and was very good at improvising in any situation. She came to Northwestern Ontario from a Wisconsin Dairy farm many years ago with my father and they fell in love with Canada and never left. In fact they are both buried here. I found it fitting that 20 years ago we had Mom’s prayers for her funeral service on Canada Day!
They operated a small tourist resort in a small remote village and on the other side of the lake, making their means of transportation boats in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Those that have heard ‘my story’ know that this is why I rowed a boat to school. It was a one room school that was once two 🙂 and now is no longer operating. Oh and back to transportation apparently before my time there was “Queenie” 🙂
I could write volumes about the interesting and often extremely challenging life of my Mom and Dad, but since I am the youngest of six children, I am not the best to tell that story and this post for me, is a tribute to my Mom and how she impacted me. I am so grateful for her wise teachings, her love, her humor, her wit, and her zest for knowledge and life. Because of you Mom, I decided to ‘live fearlessly’ and to grab life. I am doing amazing and I live in joy as much as I can. I am loving the rest of our family and the other beautiful children you made, my siblings. I have amazing nieces and nephews and even a great niece now. We have become a very close and loving family and I know this would be your greatest desire. I wish this for every family out there and I have made it my life’s mission to help people to remember that love is all there is and to live fearlessly and Mom, this is because of you mostly. I love you Mom!!! * from your daughter Margaret Mary 🙂 thank you for giving me your name as my second name too! xoxo