Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

Memory jogger

My mother turns 65 this year and since I was born on her birthday, the family is gathering at the Winter home of my parents (Mesquite, NV) to celebrate my 41st birthday. Awfully nice of them.

My Auntie Pat, my mom's youngest sister if I'm remembering the order correctly, is putting together a book of memories and stories about my mom to commemorate the event. I've been thinking about what I might add to that collection.

What strikes me, however, is that I'm having a hard time dredging up specific memories about my mom. I have memories of childhood but I think that I was very introverted then as most of them are memories about me. My mom seems to be, in my memory, more of a part of the environment than an active player in my life.

I know that isn't true, of course, as much of what I am today is a reflection of my parents. I'm just having difficulty remembering anything specific about my mom.

So what sorts of things do you think a person might remember about their mother? What sorts of events would tend to put moms in focus for their children? I'm hoping some of your suggestions will jog my memory.

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