Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Mama



Twenty three years ago on this day, December 1st 1986, my mother died. She was 44 years old and I was 17. It makes me sad that I have already lived much longer without her than with her. I so wish she could have met my husband and my children...

This is my favourite photo of her, me and my grandmother (her mother). It was made on my third birthday. My father left us before I was born and I was raised by these two women. My mother had a progressive disease and when my grandmother died (when I was 15) she moved to a nursing home. I lived with two foster families until I finished high school and started university in another city. Those years were not the best of my life, but I have fond memories of the first 15 years. As you can see they loved me very much.

9 comments:

Jantine said...

Wat een schitterende foto en gelukkige herinneringen! Hugo lijkt op jou...

Laura said...

A wonderful, moving memory, Linda. And I really admire what you have accomplished in your life.

simone said...

Mooi, Linda dat je zo'n eerbetoon aan deze twee belangrijkste vrouwen uit jouw leven hebt geschreven. De foto is prachtig. Het spijt me zeer dat je ze al zo lang missen moet.
Ik ben blij voor je dat je een lieve man en jongens hebt, maar toch mis je je moeder.
Een knuffel uit NL, Groningen!,

Simone

Margeeth said...

Wat een prachtige foto. Heerlijk die kapsels en die brillen.
Indrukwekkend verhaal, fijn dat je ondanks die moeilijke jaren toch zo goed terecht bent gekomen.

verobirdie said...

This is a moving story. Good that your mother and grandmother gave you so much love that you grew into a fine woman. If they can see you from above, they must be so proud.

inge said...

ik zie op deze foto veel gelijkenissen tussen je kids en je. sterkte op deze moeilijke dag!

Thea said...

Sorry that you lived through such sad times. Keep remembering the lovely times with you mum and grandmum!

Chloe said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and personal story Linda. I know both of these strong ladies in your life would be very proud of you.

Selvage Quilter said...

Oh my, what a story. There is a lot of love in that photo, what a nice keepsake. They would be so proud of you. I'm sorry for your sad times and happy for your good fortune. And what handsome sons!
Happy new year, Linda.
Karen