(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Mama in Blue Polka Dots

Sharon Ann Doerflinger

June 20, 1959 – February 28, 2010

I love this picture of my mom.  It captures who she was – always thinking, contemplating, wanting to learn more.  She always had questions about things.  She was easy to talk to and could start a conversation with anyone.  She was honest and didn’t believe in sugar-coating things.

One of the things I miss most about my mom is our very heated, passionate, and often loud debates.  We talked about politics, health care, morals, religion, the world, our hopes, our dreams – everything.  We often agreed about the big picture but disagreed about the details.  Whenever we got into one of our debates, people thought that we were actually angry with each other.

Her constant pressure on me to question the world and the way things are is why I am the person I am today.  She was the type of person who always stood up for what she believed in – no matter what.  But while she stood up for her beliefs, she also wanted to understand the other side of the story and why people thought the way they did.

I really miss her.  But I am so grateful that she is my mom.

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9 Responses to (Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Mama in Blue Polka Dots

  1. Wonderful tribute, Elyse. There’s definitely a resemblance there! You’re a wonderful, intelligent, caring person. I know she is very proud of you and you honor her memory well.
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  2. You’ve written a really nice tribute to your mom, Elyse. She was a very pretty lady! I know she’s still just as proud of you!
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    • Becky – she really was a beautiful woman. She wasn’t very typical girly in that she never felt comfortable putting make-up on or doing her hair up. She was much more comfortable in a dress like she is wearing in this picture or in shorts and a t-shirt and some flip flops. She liked to feel comfortable and flexible and didn’t mind getting dirty. And yet she was very feminine and lady like. It is kind of hard to explain but it was just her.

  3. She has definitely passed the questioning nature down to you – and now it motivates you in your search for family. A lovely tribute.

  4. That is such a great great tribute to go with a great picture. And a cute dress! By the way, I wanted to pass on my condolences about your mom’s passing. I was out of touch with the blogging world at that time and didn’t realize it had happened until this summer. Your mom is only 8 days younger than my mom.
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    • Jennifer – thank you. She was very young when she died and it does feel very weird without her. But she was very sick and while I always wish that she had gotten better, I am very grateful that she is no longer in pain.

  5. Beautifully written. My mom died not quite two years ago, so your post made me tear up as well. Thank you for sharing this tribute to your mom. Very touching…
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  6. Elyse, thank-you for sharing this kewl pic of your mom. She looks vital and active — attributes I’d describe you with as well. What a wonderful heritage! You’ve got a great mom. I am sure she is looking down on you with pride.

    You are loved, Elyse!

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