Today, February 27th, has always been a special day for me because it was my mother Anna’s Birthday. This year is extra special because today is the 100th Anniversary of my darling Mom’s birth!
The circumstance of her birth was not too uncommon for families at the time. On this day in 1920, my Nana, Mary, went into labor in her home, and my Mom was delivered on her family’s kitchen table! From what I understand, it was a tricky delivery, but thankfully my Mom made it through, and had a quite incredible life for a a blessed 93 years. She passed on in 2013. Of course one never gets through the loss of their beloved Mom and Dad, but as time goes on, you do have the comfort of seeing them in yourself; like when I warm a child’s hands or greet someone new and ask “Where’re you from?” (That is SO Mom!). I have some audio and video of Mom that is also a blessing. So today I send up my loving wishes for a Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday to Mom, I know that Dad and all of our passed loved ones are dancing in the clouds! I love you Mommy.
This brings me to the other reason why this date has some significance. As many of you know, it was a sad 5 years ago today that Leonard Nimoy passed away. In the wake of it being the same day as my Mom’s Birth, I admit, it is not the first thing that popped into my head this morning, but I know it is important to my readers and his many fans around the world. It’s a sad coincidence for me.
Although I’d much prefer to honor and celebrate our late Star Trek family members on their birthdays, I would have felt guilty had I not at least post a picture of Leonard to mark the sad occasion. So going through my archives, I found this one, which always makes me smile.
Leonard meant many different things to so many people, and my Mom liked him too, but the word that one hears the most is “beloved”. And I think that is all that one really needs to be remembered; that they were loved and cherished. We can be loved and cherished through our actions and kindness for all those around us. I do wish you all such love in your life, and may memories of your loved ones bring you comfort and happiness all of your days.
Taking a moment to cherish and enjoy the love and happiness of all our Moms, now living and forever in our hearts. Thank you Mom, I love you forever <3 (Also very thankful that I’m a Mom of two beautiful sons 🙂 )
Sorry I’m late today with Weekly Spock. I’m probably not going to post too much this week; my family and I are starting the housekeeping of my Mom’s things. It will take a while off and on throughout this year, but it’s good to get started. I know she’s watching over all of us – 🙂
With Mom in mind, here’s some family time with Spock and Amanda. I have to say, I was always glad that Jane Wyatt and Mark Lenard were still available to reprise their role in The Voyage Home.
Here’s the video tribute I made about my beloved Mom in the days after her passing. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. It was definitely a healing experience. I love her beautiful smile. How blessed we were to have her as our Mom. Also – be sure to watch it on a lap or desktop computer; I’m trying to adjust it to be shown on handheld devices, but having trouble creating that option on YouTube*. Also, it’s @ 15 minutes so be sure you have enough time to watch all of it. I wish everyone could have known Mom!
For all of my siblings and I, Thanks again for your love and support, and enjoy, Therese (the youngest of the Anna’s eight kids)
*Note, Oddly, in some countries this video will not stream, but if you are in the U.S. , this shouldn’t be a problem. (I think the reason it is blocked is because in one picture from 1958, Mom appears in a very modest one-piece bathing suit!)
Just a quick little memory today of my Dad, Bill, who would have been 95 today :-). Dad passed in 1974 at the age of only 56, he was a loving and hard working Dad to all 8 of us and he adored my Mom, Anna. This occasion is both happy and sad, happy because we love and remember him fondly, sad, of course because my parents are no longer here. But this year, my Mom happily joined him in Heaven for this special occasion, and I know they are together at last.
(btw, Dad liked watching Star Trek with us and thought Lt. Uhura was adorable!)
I just wanted to drop a note here to thank all of your who sent me messages of comfort and support at this sad time. All of your thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated and comforting, thank you so much. We had a beautiful funeral for my Mom this past Monday: a true celebration of her life. The support I’ve received has helped me, and continues to help me as I navigate through this time. I’ll start posting here again next week. Thanks again, Therese
The last, sadly prophetic but beautiful photo I took of my Mom, Anna, on Memorial Day, just as I was leaving her house.(several hours before the fall) She had just come out to get her daily dose of sunshine in her back yard, as she smiled, waved goodbye and said “I love you!” I love you, Mom. Thank you for this gift. <3
My beautiful Mother passed away peacefully this morning (May 30) in her sleep. Although I am heartbroken, I am thankful that she is out of the horrible pain caused by her fall on Monday. Her joy and smile will be with me always, and she helped me to become the best Mom and human being I can be. My Mom has earned a beautiful eternity with Dad, my sister Maggie, Mom’s sister Eileen, her mother, Mary, and her dear friends Flo and Rita. Thank you all for your love and prayers.Mom liked my blog a lot. I won’t be posting here for a while. Love, Tess.
me and Mom on April 30th.
Mom with my son, Matt this past Monday (hours before the accident)
Dear Friends, I probably won’t be posting for a while, at least this week. My darling 93-year old Mom (Anna) suffered a bad fall yesterday (Memorial Day) which resulted in 6 broken ribs and a very tiny tear in her heart. Fortunately the tear was not a big as originally thought, and she is resting comfortably in the ICU. These next 36 hours are critical to my Mom’s mortality, but we are hopeful that the tear will gently heal itself. We’re not quite out of the woods yet, but your prayers and thoughts will be greatly appreciated these next few days. Thank you for understanding, Therese
Me, (right) with Mom, Anna, on April 30, Therese’s birthday) Please keep Mom in your prayers to heal from her bad fall. Thanks.