Friday, January 7, 2011

M is for my Mother

M is for my mother.

Tom, the marine biologist, shows my mother and I how to feed the stingrays

Basically, in short, (as she is) my mother is one of the strongest people I know.  She annoys me, oh yes.  But, I admire her a great deal.  She has undergone radical cancer treatment, including radiation, chemo, ongoing drugs, breast removal, lymph removal and all that stuff.  However, she has never complained.  In fact, when she was first diagnosed she said, "Well, rather me than someone else.  1 in 3 gets cancer, who would you rather it be, me, Juanita or Katrina?  (My sister and I)  I've had a good quality of life, and this is okay".  And she dealt with it.

She even helps my sister with her 2 kids, me with my broken ankle recently, both of them giving up way too much time to make costumes for my school production recently.   And she doesn't stop.

Last week we went to Auckland, to go swimming with stingrays.

My mother doesn't swim.

But, she got in the water, hand-fed these 200 kilo beasts, and felt better for it.

She has guts of steel, that woman.  And so I dedicate this M for my Mother.

Jenny Matlock


  1. sweet you wrote about your mama! What a woman indeed! How did you like feeding the stingrays?

  2. A Marvelous "M" post! What a great photo too! I miss my mom so very much and would love to pick up the phone to hear her voice, spend time with her...

    It is good to hear that your mom is doing well-We are blessed and thankful that our son is a childhood cancer survivor, healed and strong. The chemo protocol he had was a shorter, but more intense protocol than the 1 to 2 year one that was typically done.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you for stopping by and for your comment...please come back again. I had written different times about my mom, if you have time, I'd love for you to read my post about her here:

  3. You are lucky to have such a wonderful mother!

  4. Big hugs to both you and your wonderful mother who teaches you humility, patience and strength all at the same time! Following you in from alphabet thursday! Alex

  5. what a wonderful tribute to your Mother!

  6. So very cool! Your mother certainly is deserving of such a tribute!


  7. Wow! What a fabulous MOM! Hugs to her and you as well!
    Happy belated M Day!

  8. Marvelous tribute to an amazing sounding woman! I think I need to call my mom right now and tell her how much I appreciate her... even though sometime she drives me nuts too ;)

  9. Three cheers for your Mom - she is a trooper! How wonderful you can share so many moments together...even feeding stingrays!!

  10. Your mom sounds awesome! When my daughter went swimming with the stingrays, she fainted and had to be rescued...hah

  11. Your Mom sounds amazing.

    And I suspect her daughters are just as wonderful.

    So nice to see you here on Alphabe-Thursday. I hope you enjoyed writing to a prompt like this. I often find it helps me with something to say...although if you read my blog at all you will wonder at the truth of this statement cuz I do tend to go on and on and on and on...and well, you get the idea!

    You should send this link to your Mom. I know it would touch her heart.

    Thank you for the smile and thanks for a heart-warming stop on our little journey through A-T.


  12. aawwww...what a wonderful tribute to your mother! She sounds like quite a wonderful woman!

  13. She sounds like a remarkable woman. I hope she reads what you have to say about her!