Photos From the Past … Just in Time for Mother’s Day

Photos From the Past … Just in Time for Mother’s Day

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@grannygee

The two special photos that came in the mail … just in time for Mother’s Day.  Photos of my mother that I never knew existed.  Thank-you, Linda Lou.

I received something very special in the mail.  I opened the pretty, soft sage green envelope … took a folded, matching piece of stationery out, opened it up.

Inside were 2 photos of my mother as a young woman.  I had never seen these photos before.  I was thrilled to get photos of my mother I never knew existed.

Thank you to my cousin in Oregon for sending them to me.  You gave me a priceless gift.

I’ve sat here looking at the two photos … my mother as a young woman was full of personality, and sass.  I loved her very much.

In these photos, I think she was around twenty-four years old.  Do you know what strikes me as special, strange when I look at the young photos of her?

The last time I saw my mother was in the funeral home … she lay on the stretcher (I tried not to notice she was being embalmed) … her hair had been freshly washed.

Her hair was so soft … I touched my mother’s hair with my hand.  I placed the palm of my hand gently on her cheek, tears flowed down on my arms.  I kissed my mother goodbye.

What struck me as special, strange … was my mother had no stress on her face … she looked very young … just like her photos.  Her hair, her face … she was beautiful as she lay there.

Tommy, and I went to view her before she was cremated.  (The funeral home guy mislead my step-father about embalming … that was another $800-900 added to the cost of her funeral arrangements.  (Remember when cremating, normally … embalming isn’t required).

Photos from the past … of my mother.  I never knew they existed.  Thank you very much, Linda Lou.  They mean the world to me … I will treasure them.

Photos, story owned … written by me.  Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@grannygee


Happy Mother’s Day To You …

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

(Photos are of me, my son Tommy … poem written by me.  Owned by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee)

I know that lady

She used to be Tommy’s mother

He’s gone now, gone five years

I think he died from a heart attack

I’m not sure.  I heard his mother took it bad

Tommy loved his mother, she loved him

She might not ever be right again

It may do something to her mind

You know that was her only child

Poor thing, she doesn’t have more children

That’s what she gets for having one child

Now, she doesn’t have any … she’s motherless

Wonder what you call a woman

Who used to be a mother, no longer has children

She has nothing to show she’s a mother … anymore

No one to call her mother

No one to say, “I love you, mama”

She can never be a mother in this life

So, what’s she called, now?

A used-to-be mother, motherless woman

You are no mother, now … Mother’s Day isn’t for you

What does Tommy’s mother do

Each year Mother’s Day comes?

Since she’s no longer a mother, she can’t celebrate

Tommy’s mother doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day, now

She does give thanks that a little baby came into her life

Tommy gave her 43 years to be a mother

No longer will she be sad when Mother’s Day comes

She will be wishing every other mother … Happy Mother’s Day

She will be imagining their happiness when their children come home

Tommy’s mother will be happy for other mothers

Not only that, she will be praying that other mothers’ children

Always be safe, live all the mother’s life

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers

From someone who can’t celebrate Mother’s Day

Know she’s thinking of you, wishing you well

Happy Mother’s Day to you!