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Mom... I Hope You Can Hear Me... It's Mother's Day, and I Miss You...

I am sitting here trying to think of something cute to write for a Mother's Day post... and the imaginative juices are just not flowing.

All I can think of is how much I miss my Mom.  Marian is my Mom, and she passed away in 1987.  I miss her.  Some of what I have been doing today is getting on You Tube and listening to some of the songs that she and my Dad listened to in the days around the time I was born... which would be in the early and mid 1940's.

It was the Big Band Era... the times of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra (my Mom just loved him). Here is one of Mom's favorite Sinatra tunes... I'll Never Smile Again with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  You just cannot get more mellow than this.  I can close my eyes and pretty much see Mom ready to faint... she loved "Frankie" that much.

Mom was also a fan of Arthur Godfrey.  Here is one of the clips I watched of his... earlier today.  Arthur Godfrey Time TV 1948 TELEVISION .  I can remember watching "her boy" Arthur on daytime television... waaayyyy back when. 

Glenn Miller was such a major talent.  Mom just loved dancing to his records... when she could talk my Dad into it.  I can just imagine Mom and Dad jitterbugging to Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orch - In The Mood .  How I remember the smile on Mom's face... just ear to ear.

My mom was part Irish... and just loved Bing Crosby... especially when that old "Crooner" belted out some of the old Irish songs.  Here is one of her favorites.  Bing Crosby: Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra (Thats An Irish Lullaby) .  I can actually see in my mind's eye Mom listing to "der Bingle" as they used to call him.  Memories...

When I was born... in 1944 (I am 66 now)... my Dad was over in Italy fighting in WWII.  The Andrews Sisters were all over the radio at that time... and this song was popular then.  Andrews Sisters - Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree .  To Mom and Dad... that song was very much to them what "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round that Old Oak Tree" was to those of a later generation or two.  How they must have missed each other.

My Dad was a big Peggy Lee fan... and I can remember my Mom listening to Peggy Lee singing this... one of his favorite songs... while he was over in Italy.  Peggy Lee: Fever! .  How they liked their music... especially my Mom.

Mom... if you've got a computer "up there"... here are some links you can click on to listen to the "old songs."  But, then again, if you are "up there"... which I am sure you are... you can probably ask Glenn, Tommy, Jimmy, Peggy and the Andrews Sisters to sing them for you in person.

Mom... I miss you.  I just wanted you to know that it's Mother's Day down here... and that I was thinking about you, and missing you terribly. 

Comment balloon 40 commentsKaren Anne Stone • May 09 2010 05:43PM

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Karen Anne, What a wonderful tribute to your mom! She has got to know how much she meant to you.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (PK Real Estate Utah South) about 8 years ago

Karen....that was a very nice post for your mother on this special day....I'm sorry you don't have her with you anymore, but this post was a nice tribute....I'm very fortunate to still have my 88 year old mother....I'm 63.........she's healthy and mentally still sharp.....thank God.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne-I wrote a post for my mom today but just can't post it.  She passed away 4 weeks ago and my emotions are still a bit raw.  Thanks for sharing the memories of your mom today.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, you did it, you made me cry. My mom also was part Irish, although she was a lousy singer, my dad sang like Bing and the rest of them. (Dad is still around)

Mom loved those songs too, but her favorite was Danny Boy, which I found on Youtube being sung by one of her favorites, Andy Williams.

I am right there with you today.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Here is a quick suggestion.  How bout if we can... if we each post a link to one of our own Mom's favorite songs.  I bet when we get through... we'll have a pretty good collection... and a pretty big musical bouquet for all of our Moms.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Sounds like she was a passionate woman and enjoyed life.  Music is such a wonderful way to mark an era and I'd say they had great taste in music.  Who doesn't love to hear Peggy Lee's Fever?!  Music lives on and so do memories.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago

Wanda:  I miss her dearly.  Going to sleep last night was not easy... it's just something you never get over.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Barbara:  How great for you to have your mom with you still.  I hope you were able to be together with her today on Mother's Day.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Cindy:  I very much understand not being able to submit your post.  If you want to share it with someone... you might email it to me.  I am sure it sounds like we are both very sad today.  I wish I could tell you it gets easier... but for me it has not.  Gentle Huggs to you, Cindy.  If you need to talk to someone who will understand... please do not hesitate to call.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Andrea:  Well... making YOU cry was my intent.  Heck, if I am crying, everyone else should be as well... LOL.  Here... have a hankie :)

So, your Dad was, and is, a crooner, huh ?  How wonderful.  Maybe you can get him to sing a song or two for you.  I am sure if you buttered him up just right... he'd do it.

Wow... is Andy Williams YOUNG in that clip ?  But what a voice.  Thanks so much for sharing.

I am glad you are here with me today.  I've got lots of room.  Just me and Mollie T. Cat today.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen today or rather any day, but especially today is a day of honoring and acknowledging mothers around the world.  You mother sounds like a fun and very caring individual who loved life.  Happy Mothers day to her, she is always around :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 8 years ago

Norma:  Music has always been a major part of my family's life.  It makes me smile, and it surely makes me cry.  Yes, my mom had her passionate moments, and her silly and crazy moments as well.  Silly and crazy... hmmm... so THAT'S where I get that from... LOL.  Yes, I am my Mother's child.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Carole:  Yes... she's here, I am sure of that.  And, as morbid as this may seem, I look forward to being with her again.  Those in this world who still have one or both of their parents should honor them... and care for them... for it will be all too soon that they will be "gone" as well.  Take care... and thanks for your kind thoughts.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Here is another one....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, you sure set me on an interesting path this evening, listening to these old songs that were some of moms favorites. Here is another one!

I have a funny story to tell you. My mom loved Frank Sinatra, as did so many others. She lived right down the street from her school, her uncle taught there, it was hard to get away with anything. She and her best friend skipped school to go to see Frank sing. Not only did her uncle rat her out, but she and her friend hit the front page of the newspaper, Headline was... Teens Fall for Frank... she slipped on a jelly donut and fell, bulling her friend down with her. The newspaper camera man was right there. And my grandfather worked for the newspaper. She got caught, all the way around, red handed. She always told me it was worth it.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Andrea:  This is just great.  Mom just loved Hello Dolly as well.  Yes... once you get into the old songs on You Tube... I can very easily spend the entire night there.  And WOW did my Mom love Frank Sinatra.  That is incredible, that your Mom got to go and see Frank sing.  How wonderful for her.  Such awesome memories for her.

Her Uncle ratted her out, huh ?  Oh, I bet she enjoyed every minute of it.  LOL.  Teens Fall for Frank.  Darn that jelly donut.  But sure, and am absolutely positive it was worth it. That is absolutely hilarious.  And, red handed ?  That "red stuff" on her hand I am sure was from the jelly donut.  <smile>  Great story !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Such a sweet and poignant post.  I am blessed to still have my mom but after losing my dad last year, it makes our time even more precious.  Hope you had a blessed mother's day!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 8 years ago

Paula:  I am sorry you lost your Dad... but it is so wonderful that you still have your Mom.  Hold her close... and share everything you can with her about how much you love her.  Yes... time is so precious.  I hope your Mother's Day found you surrounded by those you love and care about.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne- I'm blessed to have gotten to spend time with both my mom and my daughter today.  I spent part of today missing my Grandmother and worried about my mom spending her first mother's day without her.  I do find peace in knowing I'll get to see those gone before me again and that what seems like an eternity to me is yet but a fleeting bit of time for them. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

Hello Karen and your post is full of wonderful words of Love and so much more, you have found yourself a feature at one of my favorite groups at Activerain .....

EXPRESS WITH WORDS AT ACTIVERAIN

"Happy Mother's Day" Karen from Robert in Las Vegas Nevada

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, Sorry you were missing your Mom today. I am still so lucky to have both my Mom and Dad with me and your post helps me to appreciate them even more. Here's to your Mom!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen Ann,

It's good to take time and remember those things that remind you of your mom. You got me thinking of many things I have not thought about in years! Here is a Happy Mother's Day to all our moms no longer living among us. My dad played in a band (that's how he got through college). He always talked about playing with Glen Miller one time..the hi-light of his gigs!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... what a lovely tribute to your mom.  I am confident she knows how much you miss her.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 8 years ago

Tammy:  Yes, you truly ARE blessed to have been able to spend time with both your Mom and your Dad... and your daughteer as well.  I am sure it is a difficult day for YOUR Mom... being, as you said, her first Mother's Day without HER mother.  I hope you were able to share your love with her so that her grief was somewhat lessened.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Barb:  Yes... I think I remember seeing a picture of your parents on your blog profile.  Not sure, but I think so.  You are indeed fortunate to have them both with you.  I am sure that you treasure your time with them... as you should.  Huggs to you and your Mom... and even Daddy too.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Robert:  Thank you kindly.  I am hoping that you were able to spend today with Nunu and your family.  I don't know if your Mom is still with you... but either way... I'm sure she was in your thoughts.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Dorie:  My posts often get folks thinking... and that's a good thing.  How cool about your Father... actually having PLAYED with Glenn Miller.  I am sure he was thrilled... as I am thrilled for you for having such a "cool" Dad.  I hope you spent your Mother's Day surrounded by those you love and care about.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Steve:  Thank you for your kind words.  I talk to Mom sometimes at night... and I am sure (kinda/sorta) that she hears me... or at least I hope she does.  There are so many things in this world that we do not value... or know the value of until it's too late.  Wow... do I miss my Mom.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

karen Ann,

i also talk to my mom at night, and quite often. She passed awau in 1988, and I still miss her. Thanks for the  post

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne ~ Mother's Day can be so sad. What a brilliant idea to go to youtube for musical memories - I wouldn't have thought of that.  Time is precious - and goes way too fast.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, Thanks for the post and sharing those special memories about your mom, its a tribute to all moms.

Posted by William Collins, Director of Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) about 8 years ago

It sounds like you had a nice day of memories.  Funny how songs can bring back so much of our past.  Your dad was in Italy when you were born?  When did he come home? 

I took my dog for a walk today and we have to drive through a cemetery to get to the park.  I was amazed how many people were there visiting their moms.  It made me feel how lucky I am to still have both my mom and mother in law.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I love my Grandma on Mother's Day many years ago. I still think about her ALOT. Everytime I stand in the closet, I am reminded of her because she gave me this striking lime green tank top that I didn't care for. I even threw it away once. It's one of the reminders of her now.

My grandma really made ALOT of sacrifices for my family but I didn't realized it until I was an adult. Some of the just regrets in my life that I cannot un-do.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) about 8 years ago

That is a real tribute to what sounds like a wonderful lady...
I hope your week is off to a grand start Karen Anne,
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, What a lovely way to reminisce about your Mom.  Music is such a connector to the times & the people in our life.  I am fortunate to still have my Mom & your post started me thinking about the music we've shared over the years.  God Bless.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, thanks for a great post, I lost my mom when I was 15 and it has been one the toughest things I have ever to deal with throughout my life. You never get over something like that, but you do learn to deal with it better as time goes by...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 8 years ago

Karen..What a fantastic Post ..I miss my Mom too ..Peggy Lee was an all time favorite my mom used to sing her songs ..being a wonderful singer that she was ,the Andrew Sisters ,and Lawrence Welk and his noisy Bubbles..what wonderful memories ......Thank you

HelpfulHannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 8 years ago

Karen - I thought of you yesterday and your precious Mama. :0) It's so awesome that she meant so much to you. I feel blessed to have a mama that I get to talk to multiple times a day!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 8 years ago

Goodness, you are making me miss yo mama. The song bouquet would be for us survivors. Mom and Dad have a whole new perspective -- front row seats, so to speak?! Very sweet post.

Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) about 8 years ago

Karen - I just saw this now.  I haven't been around much due to my husband's illness.  You only get one set of parents.  I still have both of mine (91 y.o. and 97 y.o.), but I know time is growing short. 

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 8 years ago

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