Well, I have been getting ready to deal with the 4th of July. No, not just the National celebration, but my mother's birthday. You see, my mom was born on the 4th of July and I was born on the 2nd of July. She always called me her "birthday present". But this July will be the first one without her that I've ever known. She passed away in February of this year at 94. A good long life. I've had quite a few years with our birthday's celebrated together and you know what, I always thought that it would be nice to have it all to myself. But, it doesn't really feel that good and I'd be happy to be able to share it again.
So, I thought you would like to see some pictures of Mary. She was a sweetie and very independent (of course! She was born on the 4th of July!).
This was taken on Mother's day a few years ago. My brother and I took her to an upscale restaurant. She said it was nice but I know that she really didn't like "fancy". I'm sure she would have preferred it if I made dinner for her at home instead. Most of the time that's what I did.
Here she is in her "disguise". I always teased her when she wore those big sunglasses! Since her eye surgery, she wore these when she was outside. She laughed along with us and enjoyed the teasing. She wore this hat just to have some fun. The picture was taken at my friend's house down the street where we had an informal picnic since her mother was there also. They both sat outside and talked about the "good old days".
As you can see, Mom had a great smile. People liked her right off because of it. She liked to laugh and dance. Boy, did she love to dance! She was an Arthur Murry instructor for a short time when she retired to Florida. I remember her dancing with my husband and gently instructing him to "stop hopping!" We got a chuckle out of that!
Besides dancing, she loved to eat! Being Italian and all, at our house food was usually abundant and good. She enjoyed cooking and eating. After she moved near me in her 80's, my daughter would always bring lobster from Maine for her birthday. She loved it and looked forward to that special treat. This year my daughter is bringing lobster also and we will enjoy the seafood in her honor and remember her.