Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.

8 May

You’re each special beyond words and don’t ever have a moment of doubt in your abilities to mold tomorrow’s generation.

I lost my mom back on July 7th, 2002 after a very short illness and miss her dearly every single day.

Mom, I love you.

L-R

My mom and me. The other dregs are my brothers and sister. Our grandmother is seated on the right end.

Aggie in the green dress, sisters all around, and mom sitting like a queen. This was the first formal portrait after arriving in Texas ๐Ÿ™‚

A woman who had more patience than I ever deserved.ย  Me (BiW) on the left, Mom on Right (BiW Mom).

And another, just because you couldn’t get the full effect of her 70’s look in the previous pic.

(Yes Mom, I do love you.ย  I blame Dad for the way I turned out. :P)

RoamyMom and Roamy.ย  I was not more than 17 months old.ย  Four of my nieces and my daughter have worn the same pink snowsuit until it is almost white.

I called my mom the Friday before Mother’s Day two years ago.ย  I almost didn’t, because, hey, Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I’d be calling then.ย  So very glad I did.ย  Love you, Mom, and I miss you.ย  I’d love to hear you laugh at the way Mini-me does the same things to me that I did to you.

Three generations of TiFW:ย  This picture was taken last year when I surprised my Grandmother for her 90th birthday.ย  That’s me, my mom, and my granny, along with my late sister’s well-loved teddy bear.

[Updated after scanner started working the day after Mother’s Day]:

From 25 years BEFORE the previous picture, this is 4 generations of Carroll/TiFW women – DD#1 was the 1st child, grandchild, and great-grandchild of the 3 older ladies in this picture….

107 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.”

  1. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

    Hope everyone else is being coddled today ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. iPattyAnn May 8, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day! I miss the clay ashtrays and construction paper flowers and homemade cards. If you still get them, take the time to enjoy them.

  3. Dick May 8, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms.

  4. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    I am a total shit, because for some reason my MIL’s card did not get mailed and it’s still sitting here.

    • PattyAnn May 8, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Roamy, I’m sure she’ll understand. You’ve been a little under the weather ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Heh, I see what you did there.

  6. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    PattyAnn, I keep every single gift the kids make for me. Some are so bedraggled I tend to repair them as best as I can.

  7. Dick May 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Twenty foot plus lawyer spotted off Martha’s Vinyard.

    http://tiny.cc/qzdfs

  8. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Twenty foot plus lawyer

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  9. Dick May 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Okay, a company called Autoanything.com knows exactly how to climb into my wallet.
    Looking at this bed cover, one of those little pop ups came up that said, take 15% off, right now.

    Zero resistance.

  10. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    That can be addictive, Dick. But good choice.

  11. Dick May 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

  12. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Oh, WOW!!!

    I had no idea they did a cover of that song! Not a patch on Jennings, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Dick May 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I was gonna buy it for list. The 15% was nothin’ but gravy.

  14. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Is a hard cover better than vinyl, or the other way around?

  15. Dick May 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    It weighs more and is more secure, but I consistently carry tall stuff in my bed, and hard covers are a major pain in the ass to take off, then put back one. It’s takes two people.

    On the soft cover side, it weighs less, so ya end up with a tiny bit better mileage.
    Both of them increase mileage, or at least they did on my last truck.

  16. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Ah, I see. Makes the truck look purdy, too ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Dick May 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I use them to keep prying eyes off my gear, and to keep stuff dry. They work quite well for that.

  18. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Sign for your truck cover:

    http://tinyurl.com/3qhqzwx

  19. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Much better ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Dick May 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Nobody yet has bothered to climb under my bedcover to steal anything. We’ll see how long that lasts.

  21. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Osama jokes…that was fast ๐Ÿ˜€

    But is it me, or are those weak?

  22. Dick May 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Some of them were pretty lame.

  23. MCPO Airdale May 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Some folks say it’s too big
    And it uses too much gas. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42a38eEF12E&feature=related

  24. Dick May 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Okay, I dropped six bills on this Navy Graduation thing so far. I’d better at least get a hard on outta the deal.

  25. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Well, that was a long Skype call….

    And MCPO, though Williams is a Great, I can’t abide that scuzzy Springsteen.

  26. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Iโ€™d better at least get a hard on outta the deal.

    You damn well know he’s worth it. And you probably will ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Sigh…. I must be the only mom on the interwebnets today.

  28. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m here, just wandering in and out. Tried to take a nap and failed.

  29. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Howdy, Roamy!! Happy Mom’s Day!

    I tried the nap thing, but I can’t seem to nap during the day. Well, there was this once, but the dog thought I was too noisy with my snoring, and nudged me awake ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Dim sum for lunch. The kids are washing and vacuuming my car. I have handmade roses of crepe paper and pipe cleaners and a card with my kids’ hands outlined. Best day evah!

  31. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I need the nap. I got about four hours sleep, and I don’t function well with less than 5.

  32. Dick May 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Sounds like an awfully good day, Roamy.
    Aggie, I hope yours is going equally well.

  33. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, Aggie. Glad you had the Skype call.

  34. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Mine was great, but now son is working on a papier mache mask, due tomorrow, and eldest has a friend over to work on a script for Spanish, due tomorrow.

    Peace is a vegetable here…

  35. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    http://gp.w3bg.com/2011/05/bummer-holy-water-from-mecca-is-loaded-with-arsenic/

    My cup runneth over ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. Dick May 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Just wrote another letter to Donny. Let him know that we all still realize he’s still alive.

    When you’re in the service and mail doesn’t come, life pretty much sucks.

  37. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I sent him a hand made card yesterday, Dick. I hope he gets it.

  38. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Very cool, and extra sweet w/cheese of you, Aggie.
    I appreciate and I’m certain he will.

  39. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Yay! CHEESE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Shit, Mavs and Lakers are on now.

  41. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Wow again, Mavs are cleaning up the court with Kobe Bryant’s ass.
    65-46 with 7:17 left in the third.

  42. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    BTW, Dick, great job on this poat. I found some truly goofy pics of my family in my search and way too many that haven’t survived the years too well.

  43. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    I heard the Mavericks have a good chance at screwing up the Lakers.

    I’m very much ok with that.

  44. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Glad ya got something out of it, Roamy.
    My sissy sent me a boatload of old pics in zip files the other day, and a bunch of pics of mom are in there.

  45. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I took this one a few minutes ago and included it in his letter to let him know I’m thinking about him.

    https://uncivilpeasants.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=1105

  46. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    That is an awesome sticker and an awesome pic, Dick!!

  47. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Great sticker and a complete dumb ass holding a camera.

  48. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I thought you looked good!!

  49. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks, Aggie. Not too shabby for an old guy.

  50. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Y’all know what I just noticed?? This house is too damn quiet…

    *wonders where the kids are*

  51. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Check the gun safe.

    62-86 with 30 seconds left in the 3rd period.
    One more period boys…

  52. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Gun safe locked.

    And just to make sure you understand, I only *wondered*. I didn’t go looking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  53. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Good, that means you’re still somewhat sane.

  54. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    How’s the game going, Dick??

    I saw a friend at FB write he was disgusted with their attitude.

  55. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    The Lakers’ attitude, I mean.

  56. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Dallas is up, 114 to 80 with 4:19 left in the game.
    It’s a total beating.

  57. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Fuck the Flakers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  58. Dick May 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    2 minutes left. It’s everything but over.

  59. Dick May 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    8 seconds left. Mavericks 122 Lakers 86.

    And now, I’m off to grab some Chinese food.

  60. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Holy sheeeee-it…

    I guess Phil Jackson is out of a job ๐Ÿ˜†

  61. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Hmmm, who’s prouder, you of Donny, or Donny of you when he sees that pic?

  62. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    My scannerโ€™s not working right now (damn you, Windows 7!), so youโ€™ll just have to imagine the Motherโ€™s Day present Rebecca made for me in school. In addition to paper flowers and a card, she spelled out words that started with the letters for โ€œMotherโ€:
    Magic
    Original
    Terrific
    Happy
    Elegant
    Respectful

    The only word she had to have written for her to trace out was the last one โ€“ she spelled all the others without any help at all.

    Itโ€™s the best Motherโ€™s Day present Iโ€™ve ever gotten.

  63. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    she spelled all the others without any help at all.

    Awwww, that is so wonderful, Teresa.

    Sorry, but the room is awfully dusty right now…

  64. Dick May 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Hmmm, whoโ€™s prouder, you of Donny, or Donny of you when he sees that pic?

    Donny’s accomplished far more in his life than I ever will.
    I’m definitely prouder. He just knows that his dad stands behind him, always.

    Teresa, that is a very sweet card she made.

  65. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Don’t sell yourself short, Dick – you’re the one who helped raise that young man; whatever he is, is due in part to what he took from you.

    And I love that picture of your bumper sticker!

  66. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Important update to poat (I couldn’t scan any pictures from childhood, so I put a more contemporary one up)!

  67. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Awww, sweet pic, Teresa ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love the teddy bear. Such a wonderful way to remember your sister.

  68. Dick May 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Great pic, Teresa.

  69. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Great pic, Teresa.

    Seconded

  70. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    The best part about this is when I got into old pictures, I found some from the Infamous Kappa Delta Xi Spring Fling Pregame and the House of Commons Internship that I scanned, reformatted and put up on Facechimp. A few of those guys might offer me real money to take them back down.

  71. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I’m looking for the rest of them I shot at Mt. Rainier in 1996…I only found 3 of them.

  72. Dick May 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Well, if we can ever get it downloaded, we’re gonna watch The Flying Tigers circa 1942 with John Wayne.

  73. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    BiW, I like the pic of you and your friends on the steps where one is giving the cameraman the bird.

  74. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Dick, I have it on DVD if you wanna borrow it.

    Romy, that would be Trudell. He’s got two kids now.
    The guy in the green polo shirt was my mentor. Its really his fault that I practice law now. He had some great rules to live by. The Prime Directive was “Sex before friends”, but there were plenty others. The guy in the tux was in my wedding.

  75. dick May 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    BiW, it seems to have downloaded now. Just took an extra minute.

  76. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I liked the script better in “Flying Leathernecks”.

    And “They Were Expendable” was the tear jerker.

  77. dick May 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Dead blog! Dead blog! Prank caller!

  78. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Hey. Not everybody can have a dead blog. Some people have worked all their lives and aren’t lucky enough to have a dead blog.

  79. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Broad just got back from feeding kids.

    Wha’d I miss?

  80. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Damn it, Dick! I just got that ficus!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  81. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    *looks as innocent as possible*

    Shit, that is the one thing you would fail at ๐Ÿ˜‰

  82. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    In China, not every Wong, Hu, and Chang can have a dead blog. But here in the US of freaking A, ANYONE can have a dead blog. You just don’t know how lucky you are, my friend.

  83. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    It’s a gift, not a curse, right, BisW??

  84. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    My kids are enjoying the final battle in Robin Hood, especially Much hiding and whacking people.

  85. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Funny, you just described the goings-on in my living room, Roamy.

  86. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere May 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Dick, have you and Kelly watched “Grosse Pointe Blank” yet?

  87. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I need to get Charge of the Light Brigade.

  88. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Oh, and I got major brownie points for calling my stepmother and wishing her a happy Mother’s Day. She was tickled pink,

  89. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I called mine too, Roamy. I was the only daughter in law to do so. I was also the only family member to get her a gift.

    Sometimes that family makes me wonder.

  90. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    *gives Dick squishy hugs*

  91. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    I think Dick is entranced by Helena Bonham Carter’s gigantic head.

  92. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Iโ€™d give anything to be able to call my mom for a chat today. Though we did speak briefly, I seemed to be the only one talking.

    I know how you feel.
    (((hugs)))

  93. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Hypnotic, huh?

  94. xbradtc May 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I can’t think of anything I’ve seen Helena Bonham Carter in that I liked her.

  95. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Helena is good in The King’s Speech. I liked her in Sweeney Todd, but wow, not sure I’d recommend that movie to anyone other than Dick. Bloody.

  96. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    I liked her in Room With A View, and in Corpse Bride.

  97. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    I saw Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou. Live.

    Much better than the Depp one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  98. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    And *smooch*, Brad ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. xbradtc May 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    She’s a fine actress, but has zero appeal to me.

    **shrugs shoulders**

    What can I say?

  100. LC Aggie Sith May 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    G’night, Dick!

    Brad, she ain’t your cuppa, and that’s just fine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  101. roamingfirehydrant May 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    So, Aggie, why *did* the house get quiet?

  102. LC Aggie Sith May 9, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    One kid was playing a game on the PC, one was cleaning her room, and the other was writing for her project.

    I tell you, it was eerie…

  103. LC Aggie Sith May 9, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Scheduled a poat for the morning, so don’t fuck with it.

    Unless y’all are into that sort of thing.

    Goodnight!

  104. clintbird May 9, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    Helen is a decent actress but she’s not really that great to look at … kinda stange actually.

    By the way, I’m tired of being the IT guy at my house.

    fin

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