Mom’s 90th Birthday

Yesterday was Mom’s 90th birthday; we all had dinner together and had a nice time celebrating this milestone birthday as a family.

The night was bittersweet and I was feeling a bit melancholy because I can see how much she has aged.

This could very well be her last birthday and that is something that is really hard for me to deal with.  I’ve gotten very close to her especially with Sue gone. She is very independent (which I can relate to) and can intelligently talk about current events but I can see that she is becoming even more frail.

She has been my strength and inspiration. After my Dad passed, she didn’t curl up in a ball and wallow in self-pity. Instead, she began volunteering at a soup kitchen in Jersey City, NJ. She cooked for the homeless and bought them socks and gloves. She would pray with them and help them to feel that they mattered and were loved. I learned from her that they should not be judged because of their misfortune. Many of them were homeless as a result of circumstances beyond their control.

My Mom also volunteered at a thrift shop that supported our local hospital. It also helped local families by fulfilling a need in the community for affordable clothing, household items, furniture, toys and other goods.

She loved assisting the customers and was so enthusiastic that she once sold a rack that they kept merchandise on for $10!

I take after her in many ways and I’m so proud of her.

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