Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mom's Day Thoughts

Happy Mom's Day! Put yours on a pedestal! (Machine gun optional)
Today, May 8th, is Mother's Day, and its a bitter-sweet day for me.

My first wife (and my children's mother) passed away in December, 2005.  I still love and miss her, and my present wife understands that she will always have a place in my heart. (Just one of the reasons I love her.)  So - to my children - remember your mom on this day.
Now, DKW lost her mom in December, 2014.  Sharon was a unique character (to put it mildly) and I grew to love her in the few years we had together.  DKW was (and to some point - still) devastated by her passing.  The closest comparison I can make, is the extent to which my oldest was affected when Sue passed.  They were more than mother-daughter, they were best buds!  Now, all the kids were affected to some extent - but she seemed affected most deeply. 
Now, this past December (2015), I lost my mom.  (yes - with very few exceptions - December sucks for me.)  It was kind of anticipated, but anytime you lose a parent it hurts.  Miss ya Mom!
Now, I will be a day late - but I plan to tomorrow go put flowers on their graves, in addition to my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. (But not in December!) 
In an unrelated matter, I was finally able to mow for the first time yesterday afternoon and I'm still a bit sore.
Now, the day started horribly.  I woke around 4:00 AM and wanted a drink of water.  As I walked into the kitchen I heard rushing water and realized the kitchen, living room breakfast nook, and a bedroom (not the master) had a few inches of water in them.  I was able to cut off the water under the kitchen sink.  But it took 5 plus hours to get the water up. (I filled a 3 1/2 gallon mop bucket 28 times.  And that doesn't take into account the number of towels used.  I purchased a new kitchen spigot, but after a frustrating hour, gave up and hired a friend to install the new one.  Great decision on my part!  He fixed the sink/leak and I started mowing the jungle. Its weird, I know, but I find mowing relaxing.  I put in my ear plugs and am alone with my thoughts.
Now, briefly back to DKW's mom - Sharon.  I have, and have always had, an affinity for cheesy Sci-fi or horror movies.  If I was watching one of that ilk when she came over, she would watch a short bit and then invariably say, "Jerry, you watch weird sh*t!"   So, today being Mother's Day and All, DKW and I are about to watch a TOXIC AVENGER marathon (The Toxic Avenger, The Toxic Avenger Part Two, The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.).  This on the heels that The Toxic Avenger 5: Toxic Twins is planned for a future release.
Everyone cherish your mom and your memories!

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