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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thank You, Mom! You Shaped Me!

Filed under: A Tribute to Larry's Mom,Relationships — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Happy Mothers Day – 2012!

My mother was a piece of work. She bought me a $10 used bicycle and a large basket when I was ten years old and pushed me out the door to go door-to-door selling boxes of all occasion greeting cards to make extra money. There were 21 cards in a box for $1.00. She put together a make-shift accounting method so I could know when I needed to order new merchandise and how much I was making per item sold. I became immune to the fear of selling door-to-door.

The Jarvis Family – Circa 1945. Mary, Jack, Carol Jean & Larry

My allowance was $1.00 a week (and I had to earn it) which I spent going to lunch in town (@ Frank & Elan Bartley’s Cafe, Owingsville, KY) with my school friends instead of eating in the school cafeteria. Back then, you could get a bottle of soda (Ale-8 One – This soft drink has been bottled in Winchester, KY since 1926 and is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky that is still in existence.) and two hot dogs for 25¢. (Opps! I think I’m dating myself!).

My mother encouraged me to become an entrepreneur before I knew what the word meant. She taught me to be grateful for the things we had, which wasn’t much back then. To be consistent and to be on time – “Being on time is a sign of respect,” she would say.

LuvUmomShe was innovative. She taught a kids class in my father’s church in Owingsville, Kentucky. She would cut out pictures from magazines, paste flannel on the back of the photos and stick them to a “flannel board” to illustrate while she told the children a Bible story. We didn’t have Velcro back then.

She kept everything. Well, not everything. When she died, I was amazed to find all the letters I wrote her when I was in the Navy in a box in her attic.

I am where I am today because of my amazing Mom. She always had a listening ear. I am grateful for my mother. I am grateful that she put up with me. That she loved me in spite of my crazy teenage years. My mother died many years ago and she is missed.

It wasn’t only my mother who shaped me. My father, who was a minister, did his best to keep me in line – not an easy task, I might add. I was a typical “preacher’s kid” – ornery as hell. 😉

Comments are encouraged. How has your mom’s (or dad’s) support shaped who you are as a person?

BONUS Article: Things My Mother Taught Me

CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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1 Comment »

  1. Bro, this is a cool article & lots of memories that I don’t recall about Mom. Especially the one about being on time! Wow!

    I didn’t realize you have a box of letters to Mom & Dad written when you were in the Navy. I would love to read them!!!!!! I have letters from Uncle Garland & Uncle Earl written to our family when they were in the service – very interesting. They’re in Mom’s cedar chest here. I also have love letters with a blue ribbon around them, that Mom & Dad wrote to each other when he was still in Texas or had gone back to visit his folks before they moved to Kansas. The way Dad signed his letters was a lot mushier after Mom said “Yes”.

    How did Mom shape me? She gave me the importance of knowing my heritage & it was fulfilled in my mind & heart when I had the privilege to visit the farm where her father was born in Norway last summer. The 5th generation is farming the land. She passed many Norwegian things down to me & I have passed them to my grandchildren.

    Mom encouraged me to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ & it has made a big difference in how I live each day & in the choices I make.

    I could say more, but since this is public info now, I’ll refrain. I’ll give you a challenge – why don’t you write a book about your life story????? I’ll proof it for you as I did the first book you wrote. That would be fun to read because you remember more about our growing up than I do. You could fill in the blanks that I have.

    I love you,
    Sis (Jean)

    Comment by Jean — Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 8:29 pm | Reply


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