|My Mom, Mildred Tiller Brintzenhofe|
I spent the day with my momma today. She is 84. She seems so little and frail anymore. She had bi-femoral bypass surgery at 80. That was a pretty major surgery! And then last November she had multiple blood-clots in her lungs. Took the stuffing right out of her! August she had a minor stroke and we were very lucky she didn’t have any real lasting damage. Her speech is a little slurred. I have noticed a definite decline in her mental capacity since all of this. She gets confused easily and forgets things. And she is so tired all the time and so very weak. But she loves to play 500 rummy!
We’ve certainly had our differences and rough spots over the years. Haven’t we all? But she is an amazing lady. She has had a very difficult life most of those 84 yrs. She has RH- blood and had a very difficult birth (3 months early) with my brother, Donald and then a miscarriage and near death the following year. No more babies for her and she wanted a BIG family. My dad was a drinker and Donald had many, many issues, he is totally blind for one, and was always completely dependent on her, up until 10 years ago. (He is very happily living in a personal care home here in town and a very socially active fellow – that boy loves to dance:)
Mom worked in a mental hospital before I was born and I love to hear her stories from there! She couldn’t work after my brother was born and was a stay at home mom for years. Then she worked 2 jobs at times after my dad left and us kids never did without. Our house was the hangout for all my friends. They called her mom. They called her with boyfriend problems etc. She was great. After I left home she ended up working as a nurses aide in a nursing home for years. She loved all those old people and they knew it!
Today watching her I just thought I may not have her for much longer. She seems to be fading away before my eyes. I just wanted to pay her a tribute and tell you all what a great Mom she is.
She taught me how to trust, how to love, to love books (she read to us all the time), to always pay my debts, that people are important, to sew, to cook, to work hard, to be honest….you get the idea!
Make sure you tell your folks you love ’em and give them a big hug today!
There is a great book if you need help figuring out how to give your folks a tribute. ‘The Tribute’ by Dennis Rainey.
I read it several years ago and never did write the tribute. So here it is Mom!
Here’s one of mom’s recipes (she got it from her mom) We had it a lot growing up.
She was from Tennessee roots and we ate lots of ‘hillbilly’ food.
HOE CAKES or FRIED CORN BREAD
2 cup self rising Corn Meal
2 tbls. Flour
1 tbls. Sugar
2 cup buttermilk
Mix together – not to thick not to thin
Fry cakes in oil in skillet (quite a bit of oil)
I love these with butter and honey!