Today is my dear sweet Mother's birthday!! Happy Birthday Mum! I'm not going to say how old she is because both she and I have a tendency to not count birthdays. We celebrate, of course, but don't add the years on, which is totally fine in my book!
[On their wedding day! No wonder I have curly hair, eh!]
She's an amazing Mom! She had to find a job and go to work when I was 10 years old because my Dad (a/k/a Al) fell off a roof, broke his hip and was laid up for quite some time. She became a working mom way before it was the norm.
She encouraged me and my brothers and sisters, always telling us we could be or do anything we set our minds to do. She listened and commiserated when we called her with tales of woe. Shortly after Mr. Tennis and I got married, we moved to Philadelphia for the Hubs to attend law school. One disaster after another on the road led me to call her crying repeatedly (at least two or three times, maybe more). After one of those desperate telephone calls, I do recall that she questioned whether the priest actually signed our marriage license and said maybe I could just come home and leave the Hubs to deal with a broken-down U-haul in the mountains of Pennsylvania! Funny!! She didn't really mean it, but it did make me feel better!
She's had many health issues over the past ten years and especially the last year,
and I am so thankful that she is with us and able to celebrate her birthday!
Love you Mom!