First I will start with my Mom. Her Mother died when my Mom was in the seventh grade, she had to drop out of school to take care of her three brothers as her Father's job kept him away from home for long periods of time. She had to be more of a Mother to them then a Sister and it wasn't easy.
When she married my Dad he was a disabled veteran, they had reversed roles, she worked and he took care of the house. He would some times have to spend time in a TB sanatorium so she would have to work, take care of me, and we would go see him as often as we could. We didn't own a car at that time so we would have to take a train or a bus.
My Dad passed away when I was twelve years old. She was very busy with funeral arrangments and taking care of every thing that had to be done. We lived in a small town where almost every one in town game to the viewing and the funeral. We had family come from othere states. all in all a very bust time. When the last relative had gone home, I always remember her saying ok young man it is just you and me now. She said I will make you a promise right now that I will do every thing I can do to keep a roof over your head and food in your stomach, and clothes on your back until you get through high school.
My Mom was a very smart lady but because she did not have a formal education she always had jobs that required a lot of hard work and long hours but she kept her promise and she got me through high school. She could make a dollar go further than any one I have ever known.
She always preached to me to be honest, respect your elders amd always try to do the right thing. She used to say be nice to every one because the people you meet in life while you are climbing the ladder are the same people you will meet if you have to come back down the ladder.
She never remarried, she made my daughter Martha the main focus of her life, she would keep her at her house on her days off, take her on vacation with her, etc. Sadly the last few years of her life she developed alzeimers. Mom I hope I have lived up to your expectations, I thank you for every thing. RIP