Happy 100th Birthday, Mom!

I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely. Mary Pickford, American actress

My mom would have been 100 years old today had she not died at the age of thirty-four. Even though she had a short life, she lived it well. She was a college graduate and a Rosie the Riveter during WWII, attaching the fabric to the wings of fighter planes. Growing up without a mother (her mother died when she was three), she had to learn housewife skills after she was married including how to cook what was available to purchase with a ration card (once, she bought horse meat thinking it was a bargain piece of beef.) 

I’m most grateful for her extreme good sense to marry my dad, Leon Horn. He turned out to be the best dad anyone could hope for. In the eight years she was my mom she taught me many things by her example. For instance, she taught me how to entertain graciously, appreciate girlfriends, and have good manners. I don’t have the usual regrets like not having her at my wedding or the birth of my children. However, I wish I could have seen her dance, I wish she could know how wonderful her grandchildren turned out, and I wish we could go for a birthday lunch and I could order her lamb chops with mint sauce. 

Affirmation: I had a good mom.

Coaching questions: What are your favorite mom-memories? What are the most important lessons you learned from your mom? If your mom is still alive, have you told her lately that you love her?

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