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“That’s because your not a mother,” was my wife’s quick and nonchalant reply.

It was a simple enough conversation about the kids. She was right. Only mothers can really understand…

I can remember it like it was yesterday. There were no malls back then, so my mother took me to the dry goods store. This is where the basics sat piled on tables. White underwear, white t-shirts, fairly simple shirts (not white, whew). It was September and Mom was taking me on the annual back-to-school shopping “spree.” This included all of the aforementioned items. When a woman has seven children, white is good. Cheap is even better because the beginning of the school year is the same for every child.

We came to some sweaters. They come in handy in the Fall in New Jersey. At 12, I was clueless that they were budget-busters. But my admiration for one did not escape her notice. I tried it on. I could tell it pleased her as much as it did me. The little white register sales slip was a little longer and heavier in Mom’s hand as was the bag that I proudly carried out of there. 

Memories like this and some photographs are pretty much all I have left to remember Mom by. She slipped away from us 33 years ago. I managed to hang on that sweater and pull it out now and then. It itches, but I am just thankful that I can fit into a pretty dated forty-five year-old Autumn sweater. I feel like a million bucks when I wear it because it might as well have cost that to the mother of seven kids. 

It’s better than a picture.

Recently, I met up with my daughter for breakfast. She helped my granddaughter color a picture at the diner and I couldn’t help thinking that my mother would have loved seeing this young mother in action who, in a sense, was unknowingly training up another future mom. 

I was just glad my granddaughter didn’t spill any syrup on that stylish sweater. It really is better than a picture, but here’s one anyway…

BELOW: SURROUNDED BY A GREAT MOM AND FUTURE MOM, I REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF MY SWEATER.

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