This is a photo of my mom and I in 19?? (of course the my mom's dress style and the fact that the pic is b&w kinda give away the date). I lost my mom to Parkinson's disease 6 years ago. She was a quiet woman who loved gardening. Our yard was basically a path through the gardens. She worked until my younger brother was born. My parents had to be frugal. My little sister was born a year and a half later bringing the total to five. They couldn't afford dance or music lessons but let us join boy scouts and girl scouts. My mom encouraged our creativity any way she could. Our artwork was framed and hung on the walls proudly.
Although she didn't complain, the last years of her life were not easy. She lost two of my siblings and my dad. The Parkinson's took away her independence.
She always ended phone conversations with "love you".
Love you and miss you mom....