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iI'm going to post this in stages;( too long to postin total one time).It'sreally nice(I cried& smiles) Hopeyou do too( at least smile)   >>> The yellow shirt had long sleeves, four
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MOTHER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/7/2011 7:23 PM EDT
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iI'm going to post this in stages;( too long to postin total one time).It'sreally nice(I cried& smiles) Hopeyou do too( at least smile)
 >>>The yellow shirt had long sleeves, four extra-large pockets trimmed in black thread and snaps up the front.  It was faded from years of wear, but still in decent shape.  I found it in 1963 when I was home from college on Christmas break, rummaging through bags of clothes Mom intended to give away..'You're not taking that old thing, are you?' Mom said when she saw me packing the yellow shirt.  'I wore that when I was pregnant with your brother in 1954!'
>>>'It's just the thing to wear over my clothes during art class, Mom.  Thanks!'  I slipped it into my suitcase before she could object.  The yellow shirt became a part of my college wardrobe.  I loved it.
>>>After graduation, I wore the shirt the day I moved into my new apartment and on Saturday mornings when I cleaned.
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The next year, I married.  When I became pregnant, I wore the yellow shirt during big-belly days.  I missed Mom and the rest of my family, since we were in Colorado and they were in Illinois.  But, that shirt helped.  I smiled, remembering that Mother had worn it when she was pregnant, 25 years earlier. 
>>>That Christmas, mindful of the warm feelings the shirt had given me, I patched one elbow, wrapped it in holiday paper and sent it to Mom.  When Mom wrote to thank me for her 'real' gifts, she said the yellow shirt was lovely.  She never mentioned it again..
>>>The next year, my husband, daughter and I stopped at Mom and Dad's to pick up some furniture.  Days later, when we uncrated the kitchen table, I noticed something yellow taped to its bottom.  The shirt!
>>> And so the pattern was set.

>>> On our next visit home, I secretly placed the shirt under Mom and Dad's mattress I don't know how long it took for her to find it, but almost two years passed before I discovered it under the base of our living-room floor lamp.  The yellow shirt was just what I needed now while refinishing furniture.  The walnut stains added character.

>>> In 1975 my husband and I divorced.  With my three children, I prepared to move back to Illinois.  As I packed, a deep depression overtook me.  I wondered if I could make it on my own.   I wondered if I would find a job.  I paged through the Bible, looking for comfort.  In Ephesians, I read, 'So use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will be standing up.'
>>> I tried to picture myself wearing God's armor, but all I saw was the stained yellow shirt..  Slowly, it dawned on me..  Wasn't my mother's love a piece of God's armor?  My courage was renewed.

 

>>> Unpacking in our new home, I knew I had to get the shirt back to Mother.  The next time I visited her, I tucked it in her bottom dresser drawer
>>>Meanwhile, I found a good job at a radio station.  A year later I discovered the yellow shirt hidden in a rag bag in my cleaning closetSomething new had been added.  Embroidered  “I BELONG TO PAT”
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>>> Not to be outdone, I got out my own embroidery materials and added an apostrophe and seven more letters.   Now the shirt proudly proclaimed, 'I BELONG TO PAT'S MOTHER.'  But I didn't stop there.  I zigzagged all the frayed seams, then had a friend mail the shirt in a fancy box to Mom from Arlington , VA.     We enclosed an official looking letter from 'The Institute for the Destitute,' announcing that she was the recipient of an award for good deeds.. 
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I would have given anything to see Mom's face when she opened the box.  But, of course, she never mentioned it..in bright green across the breast pocket were the words 'I BELONG TO  PAT’S MOTHER”
>>>Two years later, in 1978, I remarried.  The day of our wedding, Harold and I put our car in a friend's garage to avoid practical jokers. After the wedding, while my husband drove us to our honeymoon suite, I reached for a pillow in the car to rest my head.  It felt lumpy.  I unzipped the case and found, wrapped in wedding paper, the yellow shirt.  Inside a pocket was a note:  'Read John 14:27-29.  I love you both, Mother.' >>>That night I paged through the Bible in a hotel room and found the verses:  'I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives..  So don't be troubled or afraid.  Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again.  If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, for now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am.. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do, you will believe in me.'>>>The shirt was Mother's final gift.  She had known for three months that she had terminal Lou Gehrig's disease.  Mother died the following year at age 57.>>> I was tempted to send the yellow shirt with her to her grave.  But I'm glad I didn't, because it is a vivid reminder of the love-filled game she and I played for 16 years.  Besides, my older daughter is in college now, majoring in art.  And every art student needs a baggy yellow shirt with big pockets.WinkWink

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/7/2011 7:54 PM EDT
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>>> I was tempted to send the yellow shirt with her to her grave.  But I'm glad I didn't, because it is a vivid reminder of the love-filled game she and I played for 16 years.  Besides, my older daughter is in college now, majoring in art.  And every art student needs a baggy yellow shirt with big pockets. WinkSmile

Re: MOTHER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/7/2011 8:05 PM EDT
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I hope you are able to follow thislovely story( THE YELLOW SHIRT) ; even though I somehow posted the stages out of order.Embarassed I'm sorry about my goof; I really tried to do  it right; it's such a lovely story, I wanted you ALL lto get the same pleasure,  upon reading it; as I ,.

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/7/2011 8:37 PM EDT
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Thank you Ann -- that is a very lovely story. 

Re: MOTHER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/7/2011 9:27 PM EDT
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HiNANCY; Thanx; glad you enjoyed it
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Thank you Ann -- that is a very lovely story.  
Posted by Nancy G

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posted at 5/7/2011 11:07 PM EDT
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Thanks Ann.  Very nice and interesting.

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posted at 5/7/2011 11:16 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: MOTHER'S DAY STORY:
I hope you are able to follow thislovely story( THE YELLOW SHIRT ) ; even though I somehow posted the stages out of order. I'm sorry about my goof; I really tried to do  it right; it's such a lovely story, I wanted you ALL lto get the same pleasure,  upon reading it; as I , .
Posted by Ann N


Ann, Thank you for sharing that wonderful story.Wishing everyone a very Happy Mothers Day

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 2:25 AM EDT
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Ann,  What an awesome story and the day before Mother's Day.  What perfect timing!!!
Thank you for sharing. Happy Mother's Day Everyone!!!

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 8:09 AM EDT
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I took my mom out for mothers day dinner last night and my brother is taking her out tonight.

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 8:40 AM EDT
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Happy Mother's Day to everyone.  What a great story about the relationship between a mother & daughter.

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 8:49 AM EDT
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I loved your story about the yellow shirt.  My Dad passed away from Lou Gehrig's  disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at age 53.  My children were only 3 1/2 and 6 months - so Dad didn''t know his grandchildren for long.  May the yellow shirt live on for many more years.

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 9:27 AM EDT
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Your story made me cry, which is a good thing. Love it and I needed to be reminded of our true propose here, love.
Thanks and I hope your day is filled with love. Happy Mother's day.

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/8/2011 9:36 AM EDT
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What a lovely story hope you enjoy that yelow shirt and give it to your daughter

Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/13/2011 11:06 AM EDT
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Maryann O;     LUCKY MOM;My  2 darling sons both forgot to send a   greeting( email or otherwise;one of 6 grandkids remembered ( on  facebook)
 hubby covered for them by giving me "royal" treatment  all day including a lovely lunch  out together @ my choice of  place & menu choices. Kiss

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I took my mom out for mothers day dinner last night and my brother is taking her out tonight.
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Re: MOTHEER'S DAY STORY

posted at 5/13/2011 11:41 AM EDT
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Thanks for posting the story.  I really enjoyed it.

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