Oh, my mama!

The Freeman - - OPINION - Er­win Ro­ce­les

To­day’s read­ings on wi­d­ows in­spired me to honor one such spe­cial woman — my mom. Mom de­cided to re­tire af­ter spend­ing some 20 years in the same com­pany. But when Dad died un­ex­pect­edly, leav­ing Mom and us four teenagers be­hind, she had no choice but to join again the work­force. I’m sure it was tough on her, and ad­mit­tedly, there were also many in­stances when we made it dou­bly hard for her. But through it all, she worked tire­lessly to pro­vide for our needs. She only re­tired when all four of us started hav­ing our own fam­i­lies.

Her self­less spirit has en­deared her not only to our fam­ily but to her friends as well. It’s heart­warm­ing to see the love and af­fec­tion Mom’s friends have for her.

Her deep love for my dad is most ev­i­dent when she glow­ingly speaks of him to all her grand­chil­dren. She has even pub­lished a book in his honor.

But it is her un­wa­ver­ing faith in God that has been most in­fec­tious. And I truly be­lieve that our jar of flour and jug of oil con­tinue to be full be­cause of this.

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