said so, in some of our discussions many years ago, I sensed that she
felt she might have missed something by marrying and having children before
exploring her own potential.
My mom was always a little in awe of people she considered to be "highly
educated" and often expressed her confusion about why these people
didn't act better or make better choices. I wonder if she knew how
many of these same people held her in awe for her intelligence, wisdom,
compassion, and goodness - I know I did!
My mom was one of the few, truly good people of this world. She
never had a harsh word for anyone - unless you mistreated animals. She
was a mother figure to many, in addition to her own children, when they
needed one most. She spent enormous amounts of time and energy helping
people - continuing into her decline when she had little to give.
I have many fond memories of mom. I remember her stories of hearing
a heavenly choir when she was a young girl - stories of her childhood on
the farm in North Dakota - her disappointment that her father was never
able to reach his potential. Although she never