Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and all those who have moms!  (I guess that cover us all.)
I'd like to say a special thank you to two moms I know...the one who gave me birth and the one who welcomed me into her family when I married her son.
Dorothy Griffin, me, and Hilda Patton in June 2000
This is Hilda Patton, Henry's mom, and she has been my role model for "how to be a mother-in-law"...always accepting, loving and encouraging me.  She married her childhood sweetheart, Henry Sr., and raised five fine kids--I married her oldest and benefit daily from her rearing him to value his wife, work hard, and take good care of his family.  I love you Mema and I'm glad you're my mother-in-love!
And this is my mama, Dorothy Griffin.  As a little girl, I used to think I had the prettiest mama in the world!  She always had such fine hats and favored the big, chunky jewelry!  
I was so proud of her!

Her nickname was "Gypsy" because she followed her dream to learn to fly an airplane when she was a young twenty-something and then bought a plane (named Gypsy) and flew it all over the country with her friend--they would stop and work for a few months whenever the money ran low and then take off again for places unknown!  She was fearless! 
As a young mother she did all the normal "Mama things"  like leading my brownie troop but she made everything seem like an event--so special and exciting.  Mom was always up for an adventure--it was part of her DNA and even in her later years she thrived on new experiences.
 Mom met my daddy, a young Army Air Corps officer named Bill Griffin, out in Texas while working in a restaurant to replenish the travel fund.  I think my daddy felt that being married to Mom was quite an adventure!  They made a wonderful couple and together had four kids.  Later 6 grandchildren and and 7 great-grandchildren came along...all of the grands loved Nana and she loved them!
  In 2010 Mom flew off to heaven and I miss her so much but I have no doubt that she is happily on the all-expenses-paid, never-ending, best adventure of all!  So Happy Mother's Day Mom!  I love you!
Here are links to my last four posts if you are here to read about the beach cottages--Have a happy day!

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