. . . today my mother would have celebrated her 86th birthday. I imagine she would have beautiful snow white hair with gorgeous silver strands that shimmer in the light. Her brunette hair shimmered auburn strands in the sunlight. Mother was a true beauty inside and out with a light all of her own. Mother took her light into the world in so many ways. She had a heart with people eyes to seek out persons who needed encouragement, a clean dress, new shoes, a smile, hot food, flowers or read to. Mother touched so many in ways so few knew except for the recipient. Mother played golf (broke 100 a few years after she started playing), bridge (every Tuesday), bowled (a perfect game three days before my sister was born), Junior Women's Club, Sunday school teacher (to high school/college girls, two who became Orange Bowl queens), oil painted, raised orchids, gourmet cook, volunteered, campaigned for Barry Goldwater, crazy for my dad and loved my brother, sister and me immensely! My dad called her Toots, she called him Wimpy. I can still hear her voice. I'm glad I can and that I can recall precious memories. Mother was quite the lady and ahead of her time. She knew only one of her seven grandchildren who will soon celebrate her birthday marking the same age mother was when she died. Time. It's so short. We need to remember to be ruthless with time and gracious with people. The way mother was. She left an amazing legacy and I remember . . .
|Norma Farland Etheredge Buhrmaster|