Today is a Hallmark holiday, one not commemorating a military victory or a famous person. Today we celebrate mothers, without whom none of us past, present and future, would exist. Mothers may not be war heroes, but they have each fought their own share of battles, large or small. Trust me on that! They may not be well known or have received pretentious awards, but their accomplishments are well worth noting. I was privileged to have an exceptional mother, Winifred Peterson. She taught me about unconditional love and led me to her wonderful Lord Jesus. I miss her today and always.
I especially miss her when important things happen and I know she would want to hear. I would have told her in late April that she had another great-great-granddaughter and she would have told me that she would be praying for tiny Rae. This week Jordan tells me that she and Rae read Winnie the Pooh and held hands and napped. Well, Rae napped, at least. She’s had a few downs along with the ups this week, but we’re glad to report that she has grown an inch and now weighs 1 lb. 11 oz., a gain of 6 ounces since April 25.
I miss being able to tell Mother that Ben and Bailey graduated from high school yesterday. These are no longer the 2-year-olds who, along with their parents, came to live with us one summer. They are ready to fly the nest! Mother was valedictorian of her class and Bailey makes the fourth in that line to be at the top of her class, a goal she set for herself in grade school. Ben did very well also, but what I would tell Mother about Ben is that he went to Kansas City this week to take his physical in preparation to join the Kansas Air National Guard. While Mother was a Quaker by choice and tried always to live at peace with everyone, she would have been proud of him for serving. She was always proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
And speaking of family, our son Robert is now promotable to Master Sergeant in the Army. We’re proud of him and she would be, too. She always liked to see him in his uniform.
Mother always wanted to know when we were going to retire. My sisters are enough older than I that it was several years between their reaching “retirement age” and mine. She didn’t live to see my retirement, but we told her what our plans were and we even took her on one trip in an earlier RV. She didn’t know about the Landing here, but she certainly understood maintenance in rural Kansas. She would have been interested in the tree project that took place yesterday. It’s a little unnerving sometimes to sit inside our building and hear tree branches brushing across the roof! That shouldn’t be a problem now. This is before.
And this is after. A young man from our church and his fiancee came and worked hard all morning, cutting branches and hauling them off, along with LeRoy’s help.
I love hearing from and being with my family. Today I have been in contact with every one of my children and grandchildren. Who could ask for more?
To all my friends and family who are mothers, Happy Mother’s Day! And to my mother? I think she already knows.