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Kathy Bean - How My Mother Taught Me the Most Important Lesson of My Life
- By Kathy M. Bean
Like many children, I grew up very close to my family members, and have been blessed all my life. I learned incredible work ethics and values from both my parents that have stayed with me all my life. But perhaps the most valuable lesson came from my mother, who I'm sure has earned a special spot in Heaven for "near-Saints" and mothers with phenomenal patience and knowledge! As a young girl, I seemed to be prone to minor eye infections, and my Mom would loan me her 14K gold wedding band to rub on it, healing it overnight, every time!! (Gold is a great healer, and has been touted in many medi- cal arenas, including gold shots in the abdomen for cancer treat- ments!) … One day, several of us were enjoying the beautiful Florida sun- shine and weather out on the pier of Barefoot Bay, in Florida, and especially enjoying the increas- ing number of curious and hungry pelicans. We had a bit of bread with us, and decided to tear it into a few pieces and share with the birds! Oh what a joy! The birds dove to catch the little morsels and we delighted in every one of them! It was a perfect day! That is…. until "it" happened!….. I had borrowed my Mom's gold wedding band that day and was rubbing it gently on my eye occasionally as I'd always done, and put it back on my finger as always. However, it was a little large for me, and with one joy- ful throw of my arm and hand with some bread sailing into the air ….. there went the wedding band, sailing off my finger into the Indian River for posterity!! I was devastated!!! How could I have done that?!? That was my Mother's wedding ring!!! I couldn't have felt any worse at that hopeless moment and tears began streaming down my face, and the horror of it settled in like an anchor! There was no way to retrieve it, and I was inconsolable. However, with the lifelong strength, wisdom, and gentleness she's always shared, she calmly held me, whispering, "It's okay, Honey. It's only a ring! … It's just a material thing and can be replaced, but you can't!" …. "It's just a ring!" … The words softened the overwhelming feelings, but I didn't think I could ever forgive myself. Yet she already had!! …. Life went on and time has a way of enriching the seeds that are lovingly planted in our hearts. I had vowed to myself that day, that I would somehow replace that ring!! Money was beyond tight, but I was determined to keep that promise! Mom didn't care about having another ring, but I did! And not just any ring! It had to be just as close to the one I lost in the river as I could possibly find! Time passed, and at last I was able to save enough to buy another ring that was 'perfect!' I found it in a pawn shop at the time when Gold was at a very high price, but that didn't matter. It was just like her ring!! So…. I was so proud! I found it! I kept my promise! I could replace her ring! Well…. I gave her the ring with all the love my heart could hold, and she was happy, but…… more than that, she reminded me how blessed she was that I was her daughter. NOT because of the ring, but because of the love that went into trying to replace it. After all, she said, "It was just a ring! Just a material thing… and material things can be replaced. But the love is what matters, and as long as you hold that love in your heart, you can get through anything. Never lose the love. Never lose the joy. The rest is all replaceable." And that wisdom has carried us our entire lives. It's been tested with the loss of her mobile home at the age of 81 from two back-to-back hurricanes, but again, we had each other; And my husband and I welcomed her into our home, as she waited for a new replacement home, and salvaged what could be from the destroyed home. But the love and the memories carried us through. After all….. it was 'just a house'…. And could be replaced. And we were all safe. A home is made with love, and other things are wonderful, but you really don't "need them." So whenever something is lost, broken, damaged, and seems irreplaceable….. I remember those words….. "It's just a thing…. It can be replaced." …. And I hold on and get through whatever the challenge might be! I will always thank my Mom for instilling in me the important lesson for keeping my priorities straight. At 91 she continues to inspire me with her strength and wisdom, and incredible determination! My mother, Betty J. Meyers, will always be an inspiration to those whose lives she touches! I love you, Mom. Thank you for being my Mother, my Mentor, and My Best Friend!

Happy Mother's Day We wish we could tell you, Mom how much you mean to me.... But there are no words to say how much we admire you... how much we appreciate you... how much we thank you for everything you've done. Happy Mother's Day! We love you, Chase and Cali

Happy Mother's Day "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother" - Abraham Lincoln Thank you for your unconditional love and for showing me the definition of strength, motivation and benevolence. You are both the best inspiration and friend I could be lucky enough to also have in a Mom. I love you with all of my heart. Love, Steph

Nidia Sanchez Nidia Sanchez Mamita querida de mi Corazon, te queremos mucho con todo nuestro amor. Por eso te traigo flores, por eso te cantamos con gran emocion. Mamita querida, nuestro amor es grande, mas grande que el sol. TE AMAMOS! Linette y Jeremiah

Colleen Shannon & Barb Shannon For all the times you gently picked me up when I fell down. For all the times you tied my shoes and tucked me into bed or needed something but put me first instead. For everything we shared, the dreams, the laughter, and the tears, I love you and I am so lucky to call you mom and best friend! I love you Mom!

Barbara Jenkins & Heather Jenkins Barbara Jenkins Mother's Day brings to mind the THOUSANDS of things you have done to help make us happier, stronger and wiser. We are so proud to have you as a role model. We're grateful for all the times you healed our hurts and calmed our fears, so that we could face the world feeling safe and secure. We're thankful for all you showed us about how to LOVE and GIVE; lessons that now bring so many blessings to us each and every day. Your sacrifices and unselfishness do not go unnoticed, Mom. We admire you, we respect you, WE LOVE YOU! And we are so glad that we belong to you! Happy Mother's (Grandmother's) Day! All Our Love- Kamen, Heather, Harvey, KeeLeigh, Jackie, Robert, Kenny, Paula, Pam, Jennifer, Travis, and the rest of your loving family

Stella Spira Stella Spira Happy Mothers Day StellaBear!!!!!!! When I look at this picture I think back on how there was a time when you had to hold on to me or I would fall. Now I think of how selfless you are and all the amazing things you do for me and countless others. I could go on and on about how you make candy bars for weddings, get called to fix last minute wedding dresses, paint peoples houses for them, landscape for other people, take care of Grandma and on top of it all you are always there for me and my new wife! So, i just wanted to tell you, you truly are the most amazing mother any son could have asked for. I know we might not talk or see each other every day or even every week, but even today my life is just like this picture, only when i fall down today it's the things you have taught me and the love you have given me that's always there to help pick me up. Love your son, Robert

Joy Purcell & Heather Jenkins Thank you for being such a great grandmother and mom! You are amazing, driven and never give up. Thank you for everything you do for our families and always being there for us. Love, KeeLeigh, Harvey, Heather, Kamen, Jamie, Steve, Sophia, Sarena, Christian, Gabriel, Bobby, Robert, Bradley

Helen Cox Thank you for always finding happiness in whatever makes me happy, Thank you for Praying for me and being understanding when no one else will, you see all the beauty I see, I can see it in your eyes, your heart is so pure and full of love, That is why for you Meme I would give the world, you are more than a Grandmother you are my Mother and Best Friend. Love, Ashley Wojcik

Donald O'Connor Carla, Miss Lily and I want to thank you for being the best mommy ever. Thank you for all the hard work and deduction you put in everyday to help our little one thrive. You are definitely one in a million and we love you very much. I love you, Daddy & Lily xoxo

Dee Scanlon Dee Scanlon Happy Mother's Day to my best friend. You are my rock, my inspiration, my biggest cheerleader and the best dang mother and friend anyone could ask for. I am forever grateful that God gave me to you. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for being an awesome 'Grammy' to my kids. Most of all, thank you for being you!! I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I will love you more tomorrow. XXOO Toots

Lueva Calhoun Thank you Grandma, for all you have done, A special lady, that knows how to have fun. The entire family, you could entertain, You always smile and never complain. Thank you Grandma, for all you have done, My appreciation and gratitude, you clearly won. Just want to wish you, only the best, With a Grandma like you, I have been blessed. Happy Mother's Day! Love you, Kimberly

Jewel J. Jacques Happy Mother's Day to the best Mom ever, Jewel J. Jacques . She is caring, generous, selfless and does so much for others. She is a hospice volunteer and cares for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. She has helped me, my wife and daughter through difficult times and shared great times with us also. We love her very much Happy Mother's Day, You are loved more than we can say. Don, Mary and Shayna

Rhea Alpert Happy Mother's Day to the best mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. Rhea Alpert, we all love you! Gayle, Jeff, Ryan, Jo and Alexa and Buster and Callie

Cassandra Repanshek A MOTHER'S LOVE Whose is the heart that bursts with pride each time she sees your face. Whose are the eyes that dart about, to check your world is safe. Whose are the arms that wrap you up And hold you tight and close. Whose is the love that's always there whenever you need it most. Whose is the smile that lights the room when you are smiling too, Whose shoulder is the place to be, when only a hug will do. Whose chest is warm and comforting when you're a weary soul. Whose motivation only has your happiness as her goal. Whose are the tears that cry for you as you grow old and free. Whose is the heart that aches so much, in the space where you should be. Whose is the head that knows that you must find your path alone, Whose is the voice who welcomes you each time you go back home. Who could have so many facets that make her oh so great, Who has you on her mind each day, and today we celebrate. Whose hands hold and guide you, in a way unlike another, All these are part and parcel of the joys of being a mother. Mom, 10 kids, 30 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. PERFECT, LOVING, Wife, Mother, Friend. Words can't express our love for you. We love you shiploads, Andrea, Anne, Donna, Antoinette, Janet, Anthony, Stephen & John