What my Mom has taught me:
To be a daughter
To be kind and gentle to someone who is old or sick
To be a mom
To be a wife
That grandparents are important
To be a friend
To love someone with all your heart
To change your mind (she hated hockey, but loved watching hockey for the Olympics)
She taught me to cook, to bake, to make baby food, to do my own canning.
She tried to teach me to be crafty, but that was never going to happen.
She taught me about loyalty
She taught me about having a strong work ethic
She always made me feel wanted and special. She never made me feel like I was less than my brother. Harry and I were always both wanted and equally loved.
She was always excited and happy to see each of us.
She taught me that life is not fair or easy.
I saw how her heart was broken when her husband and son died, and realize how much more she depended on me and my husband.
She taught me to do the right thing.
My mom had a lifetime of friendships. Some came into her life and were life-long friends, some were there for only a short time.
The stories she told of her friends and how she did cherish them.
There is nothing like the memories.
Her words could be sharp and she could be miserable. She wasn't perfect.
She told me once that she was the Matriarch of the family. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry.
She did have a kind and gentle heart, sometimes I had to 'dig' for it
for her to let it show. She says it was the Brydges way, to have a stiff upper lip and not show your soft side.
She was known as; Mrs Birch, Florence, Flo, Flossy or Grandma, but to me she was Mom, and I will miss her.