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Thought for the Day--May 8, 2011: Happy Mother's Day to "MO" and to ALL Moms

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. --Mark Twain My grandmother, Katherine Olive Quirk Semple (known in the family as "Mo") acted as my mom; she raised me for most of my life, stepping in for her daughter, my mother. As I grow older, I really appreciate the sacrifice involved: Mo was 57 when she and Dee Dee, my grandfather , took me in for good, and 61 when they formally adopted me as their child. Jennifer, age 7, on her way to a temporary custody hearing, Los Angeles Courthouse. Photograph by Olive Semple, the Queen of the backside photo _______________________________ I can't imagine what it must have been like to take in a child when you're facing your Social Security years. Mo was forward-thinking in that she pushed the adoption into motion years before applying for Social Security. She also knew what adoption might mean to me--my mother would legally become my sister (How weird is that?) and would lose all parental rights-

REMINDER: Honor Your Mother on Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day!)

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. --Abraham Lincoln If you are fortunate enough to still have your mother, stepmother, and/or mother-in-law, don't forget to honor her on Sunday. If you live geographically close, perhaps take her out to a nice restaurant (not necessarily expensive) and spend some time with her. She doesn't care about expensive gifts; she just wants to spend some time with you. If you are separated geographically, then send her a card and call her; although you cannot take her out, she'll be happy just to hear your voice. I lost my mother in 1979, my wonderful (albeit imperfect) grandmother (who acted as my mother) in 1987, and my beloved mother-in-law in 2006. I would give anything to have my "mothers" back. :=) Be cool, CF.

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