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In which it’s September 9th … my mom’s birthday

 

 

Today is September 9th. Had my mother still been alive, she would have been 79 today.

Unfortunately, she died almost 15 years ago and the world has been a lesser place. She was a great mom and a great individual.

My brother Bruce, representing her three children, wrote an incredibly beautiful eulogy to her. So, even though this is not the least bit humorous and I didn’t write it, in honor of my mom on her birthday, I would like to share it with you.  If you’ve been reading this blog all along you KNOW that I posted it last year as well.  If I’m still posting next year, I will post it again.  Now you know.

 

DID YOU KNOW MY MOTHER?

 

Did you know my mother?

To many of you, Barbara Procton was an example of a courageous person, who dealt with many difficulties and setbacks over the last 9 years with an unparalleled grace. To me, and those who have known her for a lifetime, she was this and much more.

Did you know my mother?

Did you know thewoman who taught me that a woman can be much more than just a mother and a homemaker. That, long before women’s rights and equality became an issue, a woman could do jobs equal to or better than men. That respect goes to an individual based upon their intelligence and know how, not based upon their sex?

Did you know my mother?

Did you know the woman who went back to school while raising three children to get her masters degree? The person who, in her teaching career took on many of the hardest cases because she believed that everybody had great potential and that she could help unlock that potential.

Did you know my mother?

Did you know the person who could challenge others to be their best?

Did you know the person who handled the near-death of my brother and years of rehabilitative surgeries with such grace? Who, even while rattled herself, appeared to be unphased to others and a rock of strength? Who put me back together each time through my own accident prone childhood?

Did you know my mother?

Did you know the person who taught me and others to be blind to color or race and who despised put downs based upon differences between people?

Did you know the last of the red hot liberals, who believed that individuals, institutions and government could assist others in a positive way?

Did you know my mother?

Did you know the woman who was, above all an individual?

The person with a sense of style all her own?

The person who wore the hats which, to this day, still embarrass the 10 year old within me?

The person whose exuberance for life, theatre, literature and the arts could be summed up in one word – Wonderful!

Did you know my mother?

Did you know the person with the sense of family that would not let us forget where she, and we, came from? Whose stories about her childhood, her parents, her aunts, uncles, cousins and sister brought us knowledge of a much larger world.

I hope you were fortunate to know my mother, even if you were not touched by all her facets. I hope, and know even more, that the values and knowledge that she imparted to me, my brother, sister and father will stay with you as long as they will stay with me.

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18 Comments

  1. Theresa
    September 9, 2011

    Beautifu!

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      Thanks

  2. Lady Estrogen
    September 9, 2011

    I think I remember when you wrote about your mother before… and I cried.
    Here I go again.

    Happy Birthday, Lynn’s mama.
    x
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    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      she was a remarkable woman

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    September 9, 2011

    What lovely words he wrote and throughout them I could see you …
    Your Mom may only be with you in spirit, but her strengths are part of you .
    You have so many of these fine qualities Lynn, your Mom must be very proud of what you learned by her side … one only has to look at your children, your family and your husband being your best friend, to know she taught you well.
    The apple did not fall far from the tree.

    “Her resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.
    Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for her
    under the protection of His wings for all time
    And bind her soul in the bond of everlasting life.
    God is her inheritance and she will rest in peace
    and let us say AMEN.”

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      thanks Nicole…i appreciate that. However, my mom was a MUCH better person than i will ever be.

  4. becky
    September 9, 2011

    Beautiful.

  5. The Eugoogalizor
    September 9, 2011

    Now here’s a real eulogy!

    “Rufus, Brint, and Meekus were like brothers to me. And when I say brother, I don’t mean, like, an actual brother, but I mean it like the way black people use it. Which is more meaningful I think.

    If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it’s that a male model’s life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.

    Oh, I thought you were going to tell me what a bad eugoogalizor I am.
    What?
    A eugoogalizor, one who speaks at funerals. Or did you think I’d be too stupid to know what a eugoogoly was?”

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      i guess it’s lucky that Mom died before you actually wrote her eulogy or else that is what you would have written, huh?

      you’re a bozo.

  6. KLZ
    September 9, 2011

    Happy Birthday Lynn’s mama. Seems like you raised a great brood.

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      thanks so much girl!!

  7. Missy | The Literal Mom
    September 9, 2011

    This is the second post I’ve read today about a mother’s passing. And I’ve cried both times. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lynn
      September 9, 2011

      sorry to make you cry. i just like to post a tribute to her on her birthday and the day she died.

  8. Absolutely touching. What a wonderful woman your mother must have been. Here’s to her legacy being passed on to the MacDonald children!
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    • Lynn
      September 10, 2011

      thank you.. i really appreciate that

  9. Name *
    September 10, 2011

    What a lovely eulogy your brother wrote. She sounds like an awesome person.

    Hugs Lynn.

    • Dorothy
      September 10, 2011

      I put my name in there, don’t know why it didn’t take…

      • Lynn
        September 10, 2011

        she was amazing….

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