Mom graduated from college, married my dad and they raised four children. During World War II, dad was sent to the South Pacific. Mom took great care of me and my sister during the war - blackout curtains and all. After the war dad came home, they bought a house in Margate and my mom gave birth to twins. A house is just a house - but a mom can make a house a home. And so mom did. Mom painted walls, kept a beautiful garden, kept dad's financial records for his office, drove us kids everywhere, taught a religious class in church, belonged to women's clubs, knitted and sewed, went to our school plays and such, typed our school essays, kept a very clean house -she did it all. Over the years, we graduated from college, got married, got jobs and all the rest. Dad died 24 years ago, but mom kept up the house and garden and was active in knitting and quilting groups as well as church activities for another 20 years. Today mom's main activities are watching TV, playing bingo and going to meals. Her short-term memory is going and she travels in a wheelchair. But I hope she realizes she is a woman who has accomplished so much during her 97 years. - Ed Doughty, Linwood

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