Thursday, January 1, 2015

Remembering Mom





Holidays seem a good time for memories. This photo is special to me. Taken by our mom, Evelyn, on the concrete step of our home at 421 Mullin Avenue. We were happy kids, and close for the most part.
This is good to remember. It is coming up to the 10 year anniversary of our mom, Evelyn's death. As it draws close - February 27, 2005, I want to do more to remember her with love and gratefulness.
We were blessed with her ability to create a comfortable, clean home with the good smells of her excellent cooking. She was an amazing seamstress, and knitter, and made most of her own lovely, stylish clothing, and knitted us the most wonderful sweaters, mitts and toques and hats.
She was beautiful on both the inside and outside.

I would not be who I am without having had her in my life. She worked hard, she believed in truth, and being real.

She deeply valued family and children. 


She was funny and fun. She was extremely skilled with a hammer and nails. I took this picture of a fence she built at Mullin Avenue, which was still standing in 2012 in the back lane. It's now removed, so I'm kind of happy I got this picture.


Many years later she built a whole bedroom in the basement of another house, by referring to a how to book.



She was always reading. When we were kids, if we had a question she guided us to the  encyclopedia, and was as curious as us to find the answer.

Because of her I read relentlessly, and believe in being a life long learner.

This song from Youtube by Elton John was the song that came to mind for me when I was a young woman and thinking about Mom, and it still says how I feel about her and my brothers, yes and my sweet son Paul. Mom would be over the top thrilled with his fiancee Bela.








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Thank you Mom, 
With love

11 comments:

Teri Casper said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Thank you for sharing this amazing woman!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thank you, dear Teri!

Kierna C said...

What a lovely post & a great way to remember your amazing mother. Even though we have only met virtually, I can safely say you must have many of her qualities too. I hope 2015 is kind to you & your family xxx

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thank you, Kierna, for dropping in, and these kind words.
Wishing you and your family all the best as well!
It's been a pleasure to follow along with you, and get to know you over the past few years!
Blogging has been a gift!
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The Boston Lady said...

What a lovely post, Brenda. Your mother sounds like a loving, beautiful woman. I didn't know Paul was engaged. How wonderful! Ann

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks for reading here, Ann!
It's a bit hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since Mom's death. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday.
Yes, Paul and Bela, became engaged in the summer while on their camping trip in B.C. :)
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Geraldine said...

I remember your mom very well Brenda! She was always so nice to me when I visited your home on Deergrove.

And yes, she was an amazing knitter and seamstress.

Lovely tribute to a lovely mom.

kj said...

brenda, what an amazing woman your Mother was and is. your love and recognition of her is heartwarming. you may know i lost my Mother a few weeks ago and i think i was equally blessed to have someone to hold on and look up to. we are both lucky.

the loss never leaves, does it? thank god neither does the love….

happy new year xoxo
love
kj

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks for dropping in Geraldine, and kj,
kj, I didn't know about your Mom, and am so sorry for your loss.
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The Boston Lady said...

Brenda, I hope everything is okay with you. Ann

Geraldine said...

Brenda, Hope you had a Happy Easter and Birthday. Are you going to the reunion? Sounds like fun but I probably won't be close by at that time. Do have a trip planned East shortly though.

Headbonks to the kitties from Mr. Cheddar! Tell the lads that he is writing 2 eBooks!!! ;-)