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Pert near Mothers Day so here goes.  My mom was pretty good.  She was an awesome mom for kids for sure.  She helped out at school and was always there to help with homework and projects.  Believe it or not she was a little odd and could come up with some crazy ideas to do.  She smoked and wasn't afraid of having a cocktail or two either.

She loved sports which was funny because my dad didn't.  Her and I would watch Monday Night Football back in the Cossell days and dad was long gone in bed.  When my son was young he'd call her after games and tell those stories that only a kid could and she'd love it.  After she died one of the saddest things was driving home from one of Matt's hockey games and not being able to call Grandma and fill her in.

She had a stroke at about 76 and was in and out of the hospital for a few months.  During the time she never really made much sense and it was due to the medications mostly.  It was hard to understand how to talk to her since it was bizzaro kind of stuff.  She was in Walker and I had been up there for a few days and I was heading home and stopped by to visit and that day she was clear as a bell.  We sat and talked and she told me I was a great son, she loved me, the whole deal.  It was the first time she made any sense in months except before I left she asked me something that was on her mind, "Did Ole get a new car?"  I didn't know who Ole was and by then I finally had the tools to answer the question rather than tell her she wasn't making any sense.  I told her yes he did and it was a really nice car.  She said that was good because he deserved a new car.  I told her good bye and as I drove home to the cities was glad she was getting better.  Next day I got a call to get up there and she died at midnight holding my hand.  That stuff happens a lot, it's weird.

Anyway, Happy Mothers Day, it's a crime it isn't on the opener anymore.  It was great because I'd go fishing and see my mom at the same time since she lived near Walker.  Win/win.

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My grandma (my mom's mom) experienced the same thing when she passed away a year or so ago.  She was 95 and had been dealing with severe dementia for several years.  Most visits she couldn't remember anyones names or what she'd been doing 5 minutes before.  The day before she passed away she was 100% clear as a bell.  She held long conversations with people and remembered everything past and present in perfect detail.  The only odd thing is that she kept talking to my uncle like he was in the room except he passed away 50 years prior. When questioned she insisted he was sitting right there at the end of the bed.  By the end of the day the rest of us weren't so sure he wasn't there in some capacity.  I've never put much though into that sort of thing but after she passed away the very next day I'm not going to say for certain he wasn't there.

Anyways that day of clarity after so many years of her being there but not there was a great gift to my mother and the rest of the family.   

Having mothers day and opener on different days is a little odd.  Often times as a young kid my mom would take me out to the lake on opener while my dad had to work.  I'd just sit there on shore and catch little sunnies all day while she dutifully took them all off the hook for me.  She never fished herself just sat there while I did.

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Nothing like a mom. I never feel ashamed to say I'm a momma's boy. Mine lives with me and still going strong at 74 yrs old. Like anyone at that age she has medical issues, at thanksgiving I had to get her breathing again before the medics got there, she had a pacemaker put in and going like nothing ever happened. Even after dad passed away 3 years ago she still sits in the car for 1,100 miles each way to go fishing with me at Lige of Riley Resort every year and sits in the boat for 10 to 12 hours a day usually out fishing me which she never forgets to tell everyone. I thought it would be tough loosing dad as my fishing partner but I think mom will be even tougher when she passes or can't make the trip anymore since I'm a momma's boy. 

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Very nice tribute to your Mom, LeechLake.  Kinda funny, My mom is like yours was.  The family sports nut! My dad could care less and is usually reading or out in the shop building something.  My mom is watching the game with the TV on mute and listening to the radio simulcast because she can't stand the national sportscasters.  Yes, she yells at the TV and has been known to throw a pillow or two when the Vikes do bad.  Sometimes she knits while watching and I keep my distance.  No telling what she'll do with those needles when AP fumbles. Blessed to still have her and my dad around but they're certainly not young anymore -- at least on paper.  But both are still very active and in good shape. I dread the day we have to say good-bye to either of them.

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Great stories guys- LL, nofish, coffee, and TL.

If you're lucky enough to have one or both of your parents still around, ask any questions you have for them while you can. That would be my advice- I couldn't tell you how many times I've wanted to ask them something.

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1 minute ago, lovebigbluegills said:

Great stories guys- LL, nofish, coffee, and TL.

If you're lucky enough to have one or both of your parents still around, ask any questions you have for them while you can. That would be my advice- I couldn't tell you how many times I've wanted to ask them something.

x 2. They're gone in a minute when you least expect it. No second chances. You'll live with that forever.

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