Tuesday, February 14, 2006

To My Mom - My Valentine

Over the past few months I've given Bill a lot of air time, which is easy to do because he's good for a lot of blog-munition. But now it's time to say a few words about his better half, and my mom - Lois.

I believe the saying goes, "Behind every great man there's a great woman".

But if you're talking about my dad, the saying doesn't do justice to this woman. I believe "Behind a man like Bill there's a saint" would be a better definition. And for those of you who know Bill or have been following my Bill-ogs, this will make total sense.

So who is this superwoman, this wonder-wife?

Of course she is a wife and mom - but she is also so much more than that.
Lois is also...

...The woman who got up every morning at 5 a.m. for 35 years to fix Bill his breakfast before driving him down to the bakery - because they could only afford one car.

...The one who managed to squeeze years of blood out of a very dry turnip during the "early days", when income was low and bills were high. She turned the art of rebating and coupon cutting into a fine science. I remember standing in the checkout lane at the grocery store waiting for her to finish handing over all the coupons to the cashier and smiling when the tota
l was finally tallied, knowing that she had managed once again to feed her family of five on a budget for three.

...The only person alive who could have possibly stayed married to Bill for 56 years. Without going into detail, let's just say that living with Bill can sometimes be a "challenge". But Lois stay
ed with him through thick-head and thin and has loved him unconditionally the whole time. Trust me on this one Bill - you got lucky!

And finally,

...My mom - and the very best kind of mom you could ever hope for. The kind of mom who is ALWAYS there when you need her. Who ALWAYS tells you she is proud of you - even when you're 45 years old! (see the comment at the bottom of this post) Who ALWAYS sends you a card for your birthday, your anniversary or just because she is thinking of you. Who ALWAYS tells you she loves you.

So happy Valentines Day mom, I love you too.

Your son, Jeff


      Anonymous said...

      Jeff, she is also . . the person who got me through my first year in Duluth when I thought I was going to lose my mind. Got me through my baby's first day at school. A grandmother to my children. And somehow she managed to be my mother, my sister and my best friend all at the same time. She is one of the BIG angels of my life.

      Anonymous said...

      Thank-you thank-you, my darling, wonderful son!!!! You've got me sniffling into my hankie, and wiping my eyes!!!! I guess I honestly feel I don't really deserve all that praise, but I love you for it!!What a wonderful valentine!!!!!

      Anonymous said...

      The hardest part about your valentine is that I have to say you are right and I have to admit it!!!!!Dad

      Jeff and Charli Lee said...

      I was informed this weekend that I had made a mistake and that we weren't a family of 5 but actually family of 6.

      Ok, that may be true - but since all 4 of us kids were 5 years apart, mom never really had to feed all 6 of us at once since baby brother didn't really start eating much until big sister had already moved out.

      So, I win!