Gut Rumbles
 

February 17, 2005

one fine woman

I finally felt well enough today to go visit my mama. She's not doing very well. The cancer is causing fluid buildup in her lungs and she can barely get out of bed now. She has to sleep sitting up because she can't breathe otherwise. If the diuretics she's taking now don't take away the fluid, she'll be back in the hospital next week for more intense treatment.

My mama ran a MARATHON when she was 50 years old. She's always been an avid gardener and we swapped produce for years when I was farming, too. Once running started to hurt her knees, she walked anywhere from three to five miles a day. I've never seen a person more in love with life in all my days.

If I had a dollar for every time she whipped my well-deserving ass when I was a boy, I would be a rich man today. If I had a dollar for every tear I've caused her to shed, I'd be even richer. I wasn't an easy boy to raise.

My dad hit the jackpot when he married my mama. After the Bo Derek movie 10 came out, my dad said, "I've already got a 10," and he meant it, too. On my mama's car today is the vanity license plate my father bought her for Valentine's Day one year. It says "Elva 10."

It's no accident that her email address is elvaten@aol.com. My mama IS a 10, and she always will be, even now.

She was a very beautiful and sexy woman in her younger days and she matured gracefully. When her hair turned gray silver, she didn't dye it. She cut it short and let nature take its course, although she DID mention from time to time that my brother and I had something to do with turning her hair silver. She probably was correct, too.

I am proud of my mama. I've never known a finer woman in my life, and I don't believe that she's EVER done anything mean deliberately. She simply has too much love in her for that.

I hate to see what's happening to her now.

Comments

What a beautiful and loving tribute by a devoted and loving son.

All the best to her and you.

Posted by: Christina on February 17, 2005 05:06 PM

Man, I hope there's a typo in that email address.

Spammers, trolls...yuck.

Posted by: dipnut on February 17, 2005 05:21 PM

I've never seen a spammer or a troll that my mama couldn't handle. She's a tough hillbilly.

I just hope a few people send her good wishes.

Posted by: Acidman on February 17, 2005 05:29 PM

Best wishes sent. She reminds me of a few strong women I have known.

Posted by: Wayne on February 17, 2005 05:45 PM

I'm so sorry to hear she's doing poorly, Rob. There are few things harder than watching someone you love suffer and being unable to do anything to help.

We'll be praying for her, and for you.

Posted by: Kathleen on February 17, 2005 07:40 PM

Just from those few eloquent and thoughtful words I can tell I'd love your momma too Rob. She sounds like one hell of a woman and the kind of mom I'd want to be raised up by.

I'll let her know that too.

Posted by: marcl on February 17, 2005 08:36 PM

My prayers for your mom and you, as well. I would hope I could have as lovely a post from my guys as you have written for your mom. And, you're very lucky that she's around and you still can tell her you love her.

I hope she isn't in a lot of pain.

Posted by: Kim on February 17, 2005 08:56 PM

You can tell so much about a woman from what her kids say about her, and your mother is obviously a beautiful person. I'm sure your love is big comfort to her.

Posted by: Renee on February 17, 2005 10:13 PM

A boy's best friend is ever his mama.

Posted by: Sardonicus on February 18, 2005 05:27 AM

Rob, I plan to send your mama an email and let her know how much your words have encouraged me. You both are lucky to have each other!

Posted by: Michele on February 18, 2005 08:06 AM

A-man, that post brought tears to my eyes. You really love your Mama, and it shows. God Bless the pair of ya'. I'll keep ya both in my prayers.

Posted by: Dz on February 18, 2005 08:13 PM

I sent your mom a note. How wonderful is it that I feel this connection to your mother though we have never met? Thank Gore for the internet.

Posted by: DocJeff on February 19, 2005 05:32 PM
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