Happy Birthday Mama!

She met him at the Beacon Theatre in New York City; at the Saturday matinee. He was tall, dark and handsome. She was 18 years old; an irish beauty with long, auburn hair and hazel eyes. He was as debonair as Cary Grant with a voice like Frank Sinatra; with his chivalrous ways, he stole her heart. That was the beginning of my parents’ love affair that lasted a lifetime.

My mama’s birthday was yesterday. She would have been 86 years old. She passed away this past June. For the past six years dementia robbed her of her life; the forgetfulness started slowly, but eventually took over.

The last time I visited my mama I lifted her soft hands, and gently wrapped my fingers into hers. “Remember Mama when you brushed my hair into a pony tail every day before school, and when you tucked me in at night, you always pulled the blankets up to my chin, and reminded me to say my prayers.” She smiled at me, but when I looked into her hollow eyes, I knew she didn’t know who I was and she did not remember.

For many people the holidays can arouse unhappy feelings in the heart, but I am not sad; I have all the cherished memories of grand conversations I had with my mama. I believe she is with my daddy in a better place; a place where she can remember the joy of Christmas.

Happy Birthday Mama!

My mama and daddy at their wedding.

My mama and Daddy on their wedding day.

  14 comments for “Happy Birthday Mama!

  1. Elaine
    December 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Awwww how sweet. šŸ˜Š


  2. Sandra Marinuzzi
    December 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

    What a wonderful piece about your mom! Your flair for excellent writing is evident! It made me think fondly of my Mom too who has a birthday in 2 days also.
    Sandy Marinuzzi


    • December 20, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Dear Sandy,

      That’s interesting that both our moms were December babies. What a wonderful month for a birthday!
      Wishing you and Chuck a Merry Christmas and joy in 2015!


  3. Kim Stafford
    December 20, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Your parents would have loved this!


    • December 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      My Dear Kim,

      I agree! šŸ™‚

      You must be so excited with all the upcoming happenings in the family. Miss you and Tony!
      Maybe some year we can plan a Christmas family reunion so we can be altogether.


  4. marie marland
    December 20, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes.


    • December 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Hello My Dear Friend,

      It was a love story I needed to tell. Thank-you for saying it was beautiful. šŸ™‚

      Wishing you and Ken a magical Christmas and a New Year filled with dreams that come true!


  5. Beth
    December 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    So beautiful!


  6. December 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Such a handsome couple!


  7. December 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Very nice, Ellen. Enjoyed reading this. Lovely photo, too. Wishing you a very happy Christmas. Aileen .

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