“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
— Arhur Ashe
76 years ago today my mom was brought into this world. She grew up on a farm near a little small French town called Leoville, SK. She met, fell in love and married the love of her life, (my father) when she was 16 and went on to have 12 children – 6 boys and 6 girls. Her life was not an easy one. Having to raise a large family on a small farm in northern Saskatchewan is no easy feat – what with no running water and the harsh cold winters – but from what I remember of those days, my mom never, ever complained. She would be up in the wee hours of the morning making fresh bread to feed the family, canning vegetables from our garden, preparing wild venison (deer, moose, rabbit) that my father caught or trapped, washing clothes, washing sheets, hanging them on the line to dry, putting a large pot of porridge on the stove for us to eat before getting us ready for school. All this and then still finding the time to iron our bedding so we would have nice crisp sheets to lay our heads on at night.
When I was six, we left the farm and moved to Saskatoon. My father started working at a mine in Northern Saskatchewan, which left most of the child rearing to my mother. Some of us were a handful during the teenage years, but somehow we all managed to come out of it unscathed. She was always there for us when we needed her, and always put us first. We always had food on the table and never, ever went hungry. As we got older and had children of our own, she would never say no to babysitting her grandchildren and always found the time to care of them if we asked. She always found (and still does) the good in everyone and everything. She would give you the shirt off her back if she had to, and she has never asked for anything in return.
So I just wanted to take this moment to share with others the deep love and respect I have for my mom – my hero! Happy 76th Birthday Mom – I love you!