Since it’s Mother’s Day, I thought I’d do the obvious… My mother passed away several years ago. Her death was a blessing for her, so I rarely wish her back.
Of course I miss her, and often wish she could see my family now grown, my new grandaughter or even my life as it is now. Maybe she can… I know she would be proud.
Mom influenced me in many ways, but one of the important things both my parents did for me was to never discourage me. Though I do think that for them to imagine me having 2 of my own businesses, Red Cloak Haunted History Tours and Mysterious Destinations, might have been a tough stretch!
It is certainly due to both my Mom and Dad’s love of history and their family backgrounds that has always encouraged me to be so involved in anything historic, whether it be antiques, genealogy, local history, cemeteries, historical societies, etc.
Yes, my Mom did see “ghosts” and had at least one premonition that I know of, but I didn’t learn about these things until fairly recently.
In Nevada, where I grew up, they have historical markers all along the roads and highways, telling of some important event that took place there or the story of a person who happened that way and turned into an historical figure. We ALWAYS had to stop and read the markers. Suprisingly, I enjoyed it and didn’t groan, as you might imagine a preteen or teenager would.
When I was 13, they brought me to the East Coast and took me to all the “important” historical sites – every monument in Washington DC, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, the Empire State Building, Boston’s North Church and Plymouth, Mass. It was an amazing, whirlwind tour for me – one I look back on often. I wonder how much that trip influenced my later decision to live here in New England.
Mothers influence us all in many ways, often in ways that we don’t recognize at the time, or maybe ever. Sometimes other people’s mothers influence us as well! I am certainly very happy that I understand where my love of all things “history” comes from and I am very thankful to my Mom (and Dad) for instilling that love in me.
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, aunts, cousins, teachers and others who influence younger folks in some way!