Wednesday, February 06, 2008


There are a few things that I'm looking forward to in life. I'm looking forward to the first time that I get to cash in a winning wager at the IRS Mutuel Window. I'm also looking forward to having my photo taken in the Winner's Circle, not that I really want to own a racehorse; it would be convenient if I were simply friends with someone who owned a racehorse and they invited me to be in the photo as part of the winning connections.

However, the one thing that I never looked forward to in life was to lose someone I love. And that happened on January 29, 2008, when my mother passed away.

If you're a regular reader to this blog, you're aware that Motherhood plays a huge role in my life. I love being a mother. And I aspire to be 1/100 as good as my own mother because she was a treasure.

Mom only went to the racetrack a couple of times and her handicapping skills consisted of whether or not she liked the name of a horse. She remained mildly amused with my stories and anecdotes but never quite understood why I became so engrossed with horse racing. I compared it to bridge, a game my mother enjoyed playing. I explained to Mom that I spent no more time or energy than she did when she played bridge and read the daily bridge column; it required thought and deduction with the chief objective to win. Besides, I'm lousy at bridge.

Anyway, the world will turn and the sun will rise and horses will race and the duplicate bridge group will continue to meet. And she will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace, Mom.

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
-George Eliot, English novelist


Anonymous said...

Nicely said, Sis.

I'll always love her.

Love you too!

Teresa said...

So sorry, Sue; sympathies and condolences to you and your family. Your mom sounds like quite a woman.

John said...

As eulogies go this was a pick 6 winner, touching and poignant and typically you.

Sorry to hear about your Mom.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully said Sue. Your mom must be proud of you - I know I am and I've lived with her over 52 years. luv U, Dad

Superfecta said...

So sorry to hear your news. Great post.

TripCrown73 said...

What a beautiful post, Sue.
Sympathies and condolences to you, your family and her friends.

suebroux said...

Thank you all for your kind comments and condolences. It is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

at least you can take comfort in that she is resting now and in a better place.