Independence

07/04/2012

My mother gave birth to me late in life. She was 40 and my father was 50. While I am eternally grateful that they had me at all, a great sadness in my life is how soon they had to leave it. I miss my parents. I did get to enjoy my Mother’s wit and wisdom much longer than my Dad’s, since he passed away in 1987. But my Mother passed away only three years ago (2009) and thoughts of her keep her close.

She was born in north Alberta on the fourth of July in the 20’s. Hard times but she was luckily born to my grandmother! An amazing woman. My mom’s father had a brilliant sense of humor that my mom and all his children inherited. He was born in the United States and although he stayed in Canada for the rest of his life, three of his kids moved to the US. I have fond memories of childhood vacations to relatives during Independence Day, hearing my mother’s predictable joke that “these banners and flags and parades are great but you didn’t have to go to all this trouble for my birthday.” Ah yes. My mother. Never missed an opportunity to share her wit and sarcasm.

Her incredible skill with cribbage had her winning most tournaments that she entered. Her talent with items like a pot roast and a few potatoes and carrots, always turned it into a gourmet meal with melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and lovely depths of flavor. Her natural manner with people who came into her diner made it a very popular destination, especially for truckers which she (rightly so) took as a great compliment. Her gift with butter-tarts, transforming mere pastry and raisins into a mouth-watering and family-famous treat, is legendary.

She would have been proud to see how my family flew Canadian Flags in our windows and yards from the 29th of June until yesterday the 3rd of July, in celebration of Canada. And today, on her birthday, I celebrate my friends and relatives in the US by replacing the Canada Day flags with American flags. Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday to my late mom. A big chunk of my heart is in the United States of America. So on this Fourth of July, I celebrate the fact that we are more than neighbors. We share a continent and we are kin. Let’s continue to work together and help make this world better than ever! Today, in my late mother’s honour on her birthday, and for her American-born father (my beloved grandfather!) and for all my friends and relatives south of the border, Happy Fourth! God Bless America. God Bless the World!

41 responses to Independence

  1. 
    LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words 07/04/2012 at 8:39 am

    America is an attitude
    most of the world see us as our politicians….
    we are not…
    once upon a time they were servants of the people doing what was best to uphold
    our laws and ways….moving toward equality….once more Amrica is stumbling ‘but….
    today we remember…in Texas we have our own attitudes LOLs…we are brassy,
    we are outspoken and we dream bigger than life even as the world holds it’s breath
    for what tomorrow brings….
    yet today we BBQ, watermelon,swimming on this hot day,
    we have parades to celebrate this great country and its peole most don’t get to see
    your post and choice of music is absolutly perfect Gina..I appreciate your thoughts today
    you are a very special spirit…
    Thank you for being you and sharing that with us…
    Take Care…
    You Matter…..
    )0(
    maryrose

    • 

      Thank you MaryRose! How wonderful is your comment, and your support. I cheer you on today as you enjoy BBQs, watermelon and swimming. I celebrate with you! Hugs, Gina

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        LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words 07/04/2012 at 8:57 am

        I just saw your other blog and as I read your “About” you have described me….I have 2-1/2 acreas and am deteremined to fill every inch …as I was reading my daughter called to tell me to look at KSAT news because my granddaughter is in Castorville’s 4thof July parade….if only the world could see how the majority of us really live….
        Thank you again for your post….! it makes me smile
        Take Care…
        )0(
        maryrose
        and whisper Happy Birthday to your Mom for me …

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          Thank you dear heart, for the whisper, and for visiting my other blog. And for being You! You have brought me much sunshine on this day, and great hope towards continuing my endeavor to grow more of my own food. I want chickens, and goats, and lately – a beehive too! My sweet husband knows we may be moving to the border of the city to have more space within the next few years.
          I am excited to communicate more with you and learn of your ‘farming’ activities, and wish your granddaughter well for being in today’s parade. How exciting!
          Warm hugs and love,
          Gina

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            LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words 07/04/2012 at 9:13 am

            I am almost finished clearing the space where my chicken house will go…and I am determined to have bees by the fall…. today I was flipping through the Herb Quartly and was reminded it is time to learn to make soaps….I am working on ink form the flowers i grow and I have lots of feathers from my geese to make quills…this year I may actually get it right! LOls…i do hope you move to more land…I love getting up before the world wakes up and wandering through my little woods listening to nature stretch and wake up..there is no feeling like standing in the mist knowing you are part of both worlds and know how blessed you are…
            Thank you again…now I need to go change the water in the swimming pools for the geese!..
            Take care )0( maryrose
            and I too am enjoying the communicating with you!

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              You are a woman after my own heart, as they say. I love what you’ve written here, and I know what you mean about standing outdoors, before full sunrise and the waking of others. A feeling of deep gratitude that defies description, but you did it well here. How blessed we are, already. And may we both have healthy chickens and mild-mannered honeybees in our near future.
              Hugs, Gina

  2. 

    Absolutely FABULOUS post with incredible photos I shared. Thank you for such beautiful writing that just flows like melted butter, seeping into the crevices of our hearts. Thank you. I’m warmer for it. 😀

    Pink.

  3. 

    Life is so fast and fleeting and you caught the haunting gentle beauty of it in this post and the music you shared. Your mother must be proud of you wherever her spirit is today knowing that you wrote such a lovely tribute to her, and flew the flags for her! Thanks for sharing this, Gina!

  4. 

    Wonderful and inspirational post, thanks so much! Your ability to touch hearts is special and I look forward to reading what you write each and every time I’m on my computer! Keep up the great work!

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      That means so much, especially coming from you when I adore each and every one of your posts! I guess it’s another example of what goes around, comes around. I am delighted that you enjoyed. Hugs, Gina

  5. 

    What an endearing post in honor of your mother’s birthday, complete with fireworks! This world is home to us all, and we do well to work cooperatively to make it a better place for everyone. God bless the whole world without exception.
    One of my favorite hymns has these words by Lloyd Stone: “This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.”
    Blessings to you, Mark

    • 

      Wow! That song, those lyrics, that hymn is incredible! Thank you so very much for sharing it here. These words truly strike a common chord, don’t they? We are all one family, and all our hearts are beating with the same hopes and dreams. Your wise observations and kind comments help make all this blogging worthwhile. Thank you again dear friend.
      Blessings, Gina

  6. 

    glad i read your info, really like to take on “professions” 😉 and what a fascinating family history to be grateful for and celebrate, thanks so much 😉

  7. 

    Beautiful post and certainly inspirational. May your mum’s soul rest in peace. Amen.
    You certainly have magic wand to arrange your words in the most effective manner ever. I loved reading your family history. It was a pleasure to know great personalities from whom we got our splendid, creative and very beautiful writer. I cherish your blog and love it too much. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂
    Much love,
    -Naima.

    • 

      Thank you dear Naima, your kindness here melts my heart into a pool of happiness. I am delighted that you enjoyed this post, and in learning more about my family history. You are like dear family to me as well, and when you come to Canada, we shall have tea, and hugs, and wonderful conversations. 🙂 And even if you do not make the trip, we shall have tea and visits and cyber-hugs right here!
      Love and Hugs,
      Gina

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        Awww… you are too sweet love, I am excited with a thought of meeting you. I hope to visit Canada one day or the other and have great memories followed with delightful conversations and plenty of photographs. Until I don’t make it, internet gives us a great deal to exchange them 🙂
        With much love and plenty of BIG HUGS,
        -Naima.

  8. 

    You pour so much love into your posts that each is like a great gift from your heart! Thank you for the many gifts you’ve given to me, including this one. I especailly enjoyed your beautiful writing and the song from the Indigo Girls!

    Russ

    • 

      Thank you so much Russ! It means a lot to know that this humble post reached out and touched you. And isn’t that song incredible?! After hundreds of listens (maybe thousands) the powerfully perfect poetry they share in this song still moves me to tears.
      I shall never tire of thanking you for your friendship and support. Your kindness shared means more than you may know! I cherish our friendship, and our blogging endeavors!
      Hugs, Gina

  9. 

    Beautiful post! I love both of those songs, but especially Southland in the Springtime. Thanks for sharing a lovely tribute. Happy independence week and happy birthday mom! 🙂

    • 

      Thank You! What a wonderfully kind and enthusiastic comment. Your sharing here is deeply appreciated. And I adore your post today as well, with a wonderful picture of a happy lab with the US flag. Warm hugs, Gina

      • 

        Thank you!! That is my sweet teenage pup. He looks like that 95% of the time, but 5% of the time he is pure trouble. 🙂 Thanks again!

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          Our beloved pups are so worth that 5% trouble, aren’t they? Just today my dear 4-legged one charged through the perennial garden (during a tour with my dear sister-in-law) and broke off a brand new bloom shoot on a treasured daylily, but I just said, Oh you silly pup. I always love her more than any plants and my garden must be tough enough to handle the occasional charge-through. And as my fellow gardening aficionado shared, tough plants always grow back. Thanks for your comment!

  10. 

    Your mom would have been proud to read this wonderful post. Just inspiring and so heartfelt.

  11. 

    “I choose to focus on what IS working” — great reminder, thank you!

  12. 

    there is a lot of positive action in the world it makes my heart beat faster with joyful anticipation.
    great writing, I am glad your here. x

  13. 

    Gina you ROCK! Happy post- independence day and best wishes to you on your Mom’s birthday. Mine is New Years Eve – EVERYONE gets to celebrate with me WoooHoo!!! Hugs Donna

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      Hello Donna! I was away from the computer for a bit here but am back now, and what a treat to find you here – cheering me on! Thank you so much. I am delighted that you enjoyed my celebration of my ‘born on the fourth of July’ Mother and my American relatives and friends (like You!). Hugs! Gina

  14. 

    Donna, you are so right. Yes there are things that are working. Let’s cheer those things on! We can work together and make a difference.

  15. 

    I love your blog it’s so heartfelt. I am a follower now. Thank you so much for liking my blog judysp.wordpress.com your support is much appreciated. cheers Judy 🙂