1. My Mother...She is one of the most selfless, caring, genuine people I have ever known. She has a gift for seeing the good in everyone she meets and her positive attitude and inner goodness are always a breath of fresh air. She taught me how to love.
3. My second mother, Lynne... She married my dad when I was about six years old. Lynne is one of those people who doesn't meet a stranger and as shy as I was as a child, she managed to bring me right out of my shell and make me feel loved and comfortable when I was around her. Although she and my dad divorced in the late nineties, I will always consider her my beloved other mother.
|My college graduation, 1994. I don't know how I held my head up with all that hair.|
|Here we are at my first birthday party. She's the one in the green dress holding little baldie aka me.|
|Here she is at my sixth birthday party. That's me in the the pink jumper, frowning.|
|Disney World, 1988 in Starjet number one. I have no idea why I'm biting my tongue.|
|Carolina Beach, 1980something|
9. Shirley...I first met Shirley in early 2000 when she came to help out in the florist I had very recently bought into with my friend Dana. We became fast friends and her lively spirit and can do attitude were a godsend. She developed a strong bond and attachment to Devin, who was just a baby when she came into our lives, and was there for us when I was widowed at the end of 2003. She would just show up, start straightening up my house, doing laundry, occupying the boys, keeping me company... She was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor last year, underwent surgery and is still fighting it with all she has. If anyone can beat cancer, it's Shirley.
10. Jenn, Kari and Michele...Okay, I realize this is three women, making this a list of 12 women instead of 10 but the more the merrier, right? These three ladies came into my life not long after I was widowed. Because they were too. We met online via an online support group. I am not sure I will ever be able to put into words what each of them did for my soul. But I gave it my best shot when I wrote She Knew What I Knew in 2010.