It is Women's month and a perfect month to share with you my tribute to an amazing woman.
She was wonderful. She had the look of Olivia de Havilland. She drew looks wherever she went with her dark hair and perfectly set eyebrows above the bluest eyes you could imagine. Yet it was never her beauty which lingered in your mind when she left, but her presence. She walked upright and proud with grace and confidence. From childhood she was taught to work hard and selflessly. Growing to womanhood during the forties and fifties she was often noted for her stylish clothes and was the envy of her peers. She made all her own clothes in the style of the latest fashions, and despite working long hours and travelling by train to her work, she was always beautifully dressed. Yet her hands told the story of a woman who knew what it meant to work hard.
She put her children and family above her own needs and she was her husband's most adoring fan, raising her children to idolize him. She was a romantic, yet very practical. She had the voice of an angel and an unshakable faith, teaching her children how to believe.
She loved the sea, carnations and movies. She loved chocolates and Turkish Delight. Sundays were filled with the delicious flavours of rich, delicious home-cooking. She drove her car like a racing driver and walked through life with uncompromising principles. But more than all these attributes it was her kindness which would be remembered by all who crossed paths with her. It emanated from her like a welcoming fragrance, reassuring you that as long as she was there everything would always be okay. Her smile was gentle, filled with joy and humility.
She was truly woman, unique and intriguing. She was one-of-a-kind. She is still that never-ending song that echoes through every day of my life.
...and I called her Mom.