Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Mom - Mary Hazel Messick Wilkinson

Happy Mother's Day

My Mom, Mary Hazel Messick Wilkinson, is my buddy.  But.  When I was growing up, she was my Mom - first and always.  She  figured I had enough friends, and her job was to be my mom; to teach me the things you don't learn from your friends.  She did a great job.  And, honestly, still doing a great job of it.  She's quick to remind me, when I get too big for my britches, that she's the mother - and I am not ever to treat her any differently than that.  She will fight that role reversal thing we all worry about tooth and nail - and as of right now, at age 84, she's winning.  So, yes, she's my buddy - but she's still my Mom.  The only thing I think she forgets is that she didn't actually give birth to Donald.  She loves the guy every bit as much as if she did, and it works both ways, he loves he right back.  She's sharp as a tack, cute, funny and a whole bunch of fun to hang out with.

Meet my Mom.

Hazel Wilkinson.

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." 
Maya Angelou

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." ~ Virginia Satir 



Julie D said...

Sweet, Kaye! Love the hat and the glasses. She is adorable!

Happy mothers day!

Lesa said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Kaye. I love the comment that she forgets she didn't give birth to Donald. Now that's a wonderful mother and mother-in-law. Hugs today to you and your mother!

Phyllis said...

It is quite clear looking at the personalities shining through in these photos that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. We thank your mom for both your "raisin'" and your excellent DNA!

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful post! Love that very first picture of your mom -- what an infectious smile!

Jonathan E. Quist said...

Mighty glad to meet you, Miss Hazel. As the saying goes, any Mom of Kaye's is a Mom of mine.

Well, okay, that's not the saying, but you get the idea.

Let us know if Kaye wasn't nice to you on Mother's day. We'll help you keep her in line!