People age and their looks change, but we often remember them as they used to be. When I think of my mother, I see her as she was when I was a little girl growing up. She was a strong willed, confident, and attractive woman. Hair styles changed many times while I was growing up, and my mother’s did, too, but I usually think of her with her hair pulled up ready to work. She had wavy, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Her face was a slightly rectangular oval, which made her look both gentle and strong. She had high, arching eyebrows and a triangular, slightly turned up nose. Her chin was smooth and feminine. She was not very tall, about five feet six inches, but she was slim and graceful, and so I never thought of her as short compared to other adults. She was proud to be a woman and always wore feminine clothing unless she was ready to get dirty. Her eyes and smile also radiated pride in who and what she was. Her motivation of life carried her with ease in any obstacle she dared to face. “You can do anything you set your mind too”; her famous words she always lived by, and preached to me and my brother daily. Cooking was not her strong suit but she prepared every meal with love and anything she could find in the pantry. She was a good mother who paid attention to her children, taught them important skills, and encouraged them to be great by her words of counsel and her own example. Like many North American women, she has become overweight and age has taken over her youth. Her divorce weighs heavy on her heart, and has chiseled away most of her confidence. Now I’m the one there to remind her that she can do anything she sets her mind too. Whenever I look at my mother, I still see the young, attractive, and woman I grew up adoring.
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