Mother’s Day 2019. My daughter Lauren and I followed our tradition of going out to Hazelwood Cemetary in Abbotsford and cleaning my parents gravestone as well as those of my grandparents, great grandparents and a few assorted great aunts.
My mother passed away twelve years ago at this time of year in her ninety-first year. Recent years of parenting have caused me to realize what good parents I had and the values they were able to instill in me when I wasn’t looking. They were very honest, hard working, always helped other people and believed that they always needed to contribute more to the social pot than they took out.
My parents were prime examples of the Protestant work ethic. My father never took sick days off, worked overtime often and was usually one of the highest bonus earners based on his production as a nickel miner.
To my parents, not carrying your weight was a major flaw and hard work a major virtue . Is there any doubt why I have had two full time jobs for the last thirty five years of my life and usually an extra part time job as well. Oh well, even great parents give their children a reason to seek counseling.😄
On this Mother’s Day I reflect with love and appreciation
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