At the annual Art of the Vines fundraising event, the crowd beamed with excitement and anxiousness as the speaker was about to announce who had won the 2014 BMW drawing this year. Little did they know that the winner to be announced was actually cooking in her kitchen at home at the time.
I am among the blessed; I had the best Mom in the world. That’s the way I’ve always seen her. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be just like Martha Marie; and as an adult, I realize how truly amazing she really was. When she died in 1988, I thought, “Mom, you weren’t here long enough. Your life was too short.” She was only 68. As I near that age, I know that was right on the spot! It takes a lifetime to learn to live well and another needed to live it. (Maybe that’s what Heaven is for.) I’m so thankful for the lessons I learned early in my life because of my Mom and Dad. These are the ones I value most: