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Gift of Love


A memoir of my beloved mother...

  21 total reviews 
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LaRosa
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Gift of Love held not only my attention but my curiosity as Ms Pat so honestly portrayed her mother and the relationship they shared over a lifetime. I truly felt the joy and the tears shed upon the hearing of those words: I Love You!
Well written.


 Comment Written 01-Oct-2016



reply by the author on 09-Oct-2016
    Thanks so much.
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What a wonderful tribute to your mother! I could feel her as a real person - not a cliched saint or monster. (My own mother is 84 and going strong. To this day, whenever I encounter someone who remembers her from the time when we were children, there will be comments about how strict she was. Apparently a lot of that came from her own childhood as one of 12 children in a family living through the depression.) It is so fabulous that you came to see her as a whole person (not just your Mom), that you could appreciate that she always did her best, and that she left you with such a wonderful gift in the end. Bravo! I have every confidence that if you wanted to, you could write a whole book about her life. I'm not much of a biography reader, but I'm sure that I would like to read that one.


 Comment Written 29-Sep-2012



reply by the author on 29-Sep-2012
    Thank you so much for your kind words. I love it when a reader really connects with something I've written...you are one such reader. Maybe one day I will write that biography...
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It's so sad that some children never get to hear that their parents love them. I'm glad your mother finally told you before she died. Your story is well written and well edited, and I very much enjoyed reading it for review.


 Comment Written 24-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 24-Apr-2012
    Thanks so much for a fabulous review. It is so appreciated.

reply by mumsyone on 24-Apr-2012
    You're welcome.
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This story is very touching and real. It made me smile, laugh, cry and sigh. Such a wonderful phrase to remember you mom always ... I love you. Sigh ..


 Comment Written 22-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    Awww...so many thanks...
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Oh, Pat! This is intensely beautiful !!! I am so impressed with your skill in writing this most powerful and beautiful piece about your Mother. The detail and the description are excellent. It reads and flows effortlessly. One sentence blends into the next seamlessly. The length is appropriate. Not too long. Not too short. I'm sure it might have been tempting to go on more about the wonderful things about your Mom, but I think you did a good job of keeping the length just right for the reader. Some specific details that I thought were especially good are: "uttering sweet, soft moans, gorgeous toothless smile, an old record that was stuck in a groove." I was touched to the point of many tears, almost crying audibly after reading this. It is amazing and more than worth of a six.


 Comment Written 22-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    And more thanks...
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when my mother-in-law slipped into senilty, the next to last words my young son heard was her telling him in an ugly tone she wanted to kill him. She no longer knew any of us, but later after we felt I no longer could take care of her, I would make picnic lunches and we would go on Sunday to see her at the rest home and take her outside. She never knew who any of us were- until one sunny day I took a watermelon and we were eating, and all of a sudden she looked at my son, and said in happy voice "I know who you are! Your my precious grandson. I love you so much!" Then her mind slipped away and once again, she smiled graciously, but didn't know any of us. I have always felt grateful to God that he allowed her a moment of sanity, to remove that other comment when she didn't know any of us.


 Comment Written 21-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    What a beautiful memory...thanks for sharing and thanks for the fabulous review.
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Somewhere along the way, something happened to make your mother forget how to say "I love you". Raising ten children could be a factor especially if money was scarce. But whatever the cause, dementia erased it and you got to see her inner child. A lovely story. Thanks for sharing.


 Comment Written 21-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    Many thanks my friend.
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I sat here starring at this page wondering what I could write. what I could add to such a perfect story. Only that I feel the pain of the loss. not the loss of your mother. But the loss of the love she must have given each of those ten babies. I know its not really lost it was given and recieved somewhere in the mist of all eternity,


 Comment Written 21-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    Thank you for your perceptive review.
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Pat, you've written a powerful essay with understanding and grace. I'm so sorry you lost your mother like that, but I'm glad you finally got to hear the words you needed. :) Nancy


 Comment Written 21-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    A thousand thanks...
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i wish i had a 6 to give you, i actually got the chills, poor woman 10 kids, how can one be joyful? she couldnt think straight! you told this beautifully.


 Comment Written 21-Apr-2012



reply by the author on 23-Apr-2012
    Your kind words are very much appreciated.
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