Sunday, May 10, 2009

An open letter to my Mom....















I Love my Mom...I really do. She has been a great inspiration to me my whole life...someone I have always looked up to...someone who has always been there when I needed her the most...without asking a single question. She makes me Laugh till I hurt... she taught me about food and cooking, fashion and how to smell really good. She dyed my hair for me when I was 15...bleach blond (hey Southern Calif surfer girl phase...what can I say)...and she never said no or asked questions...just did it right for me. She taught me to sing and have a great love of music and how important it is to remember lyrics. She put up with my sea of boyfriends as was growing up...holding judgement until she found out how I felt about them after my first date. She cut my hair for the very first time when I went to summer camp...and cried for a week. She added excitement to everything I did ...making life an adventure each day.

Thanks Mom for the nights you rolled back the carpet and danced with me all night when I was bummed out, Thanks for making those 'special treats of graham Crackers and left over butter cream icing for after school, thanks for slipping in that extra Twinkie for the school field trips, thanks for calling my teacher to say I was not feeling well so we could have a Mother Daughter Day, Thanks for teaching me to sew, thanks for teaching me to swim, thanks for being such a great mother in law (that's from Richard)...

And mostly Mom...thank you for giving me so much to remember, so many good times and being my best friend for 58 years....


I Love You...




Your Little Black Sausage




The pictures are of my Mom when she worked at Warner Brother Studios in the early 40's ...she worked in the mail room and also was a sometimes bit actress. She sang at the Hollywood Canteen during WWII, and Was a Rosie Riveter (which is the last picture)

33 comments:

rosanna said...

Your Mum was a beautiful young Lady and I'm sure she still is.I'm certain that you are proud of her as much as she is proud of you. God bless you both.

JODI said...

Hi Rosanna...

Thank You for saying such kind things... Mom was very pretty... but equally so on the inside...and still a pretty woman at almost 86...

Happy Mothers Day

Hugs,

Jodi

Marie S said...

Your mom is gorgeous Jodi and I love the open letter. Thank you so much for sharing that. Wonderful pictures!!!
Hugs,
Marie

Pattee said...

What a wonderful letter Jodi and tribute to your mother..
I remember meeting her when I took that work-shop with Bj and Tammy... your mom was visiting... She is such a sweet lady and I could see the sparkle in her eyes... she had a name for me and I can't think of it ~ darn it!!!!!
Pattee

Ginger said...

Your Mom is gorgeous! Well,the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree, has it???

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Lovely post. I hope I have given my kids half that many memories Jodi. Special Moms have special kids...your mom proved it!
Love,
oops.
PS can you email me your current address?
xo

deadendalley said...

OMG your mum is gorgeus, those were really stylish years!!

Mags Cassidy said...

Super post Jodi.
What a beautiful Mum!

Never a day passes where I don't think of mine and wish I could still talk to her.
Mags
x

JODI said...

Happy Monday Morning Marie...

My Mom was a pretty snazzie lookin gal in the 40's...even more pretty in the 50's... I always though she looked like Betty Grable a bit. My day looked somewhat like Gary Cooper...now I have to dig up some shots of him...

Thanks so much

Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Pattee....

Yes...you met Mom while you were here...and I remember my Mom taking to you in a big way.... she was here last night...and I read your post to her... she said "OH...is that my 'Skippy' ...LOL that's what she called you...she really likes you...and says "Hi Skippy"

Hugs

Jodi

JODI said...

Oh Ginger ...you silly girl... I am anything BUT the apple near the tree!!! LOL... more like the side of the barn in the orchard!!!

Hugs,

Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Oopsie...

You have given your children enough joyful memories for 3 lifetimes....and you are about to give more love to a New Baby...

Big Hugs

Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Deadendally...

Yes indeed...that were wonderful years for style...great rayon suits, terrific shoes...and I loved those hairstyles...all women looked GREAT!!!

Thanks

Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Mags...

I know what you mean...I feel this way with my Dad. My Mom is a precious gift to me and each day I give thanks for what I have...

Hugs,

Jodi

vintagepaletteart said...

Awwww....Jodi. What a beautiful tribute to your mom who was and still is a gorgeous lady! You were and still are very lucky to have her in your life. =o)

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too Jodi!

*Lori

JODI said...

Morning Lori...

Thank You so much...we had a terrific Day yesterday...good food, family and a few great games of Dominos..lots of laughs and memories...

Hugs

Jodi

JODI said...

Since no one asked....LOL...thought for sure the weirdness of the name I signed would get a question or two out of one of you... but then maybe you guys already know me and my strangness enough already...LOL!!!
Anyway felt I should explain...

The 'Little Black Sausage' name came from when I was about 5 years old and my Mom signed me up for a ballet/ tap type class... well I was a husky little tyke and when I put on my black tights and black leotards my Mom thought I looked like a Little Black Sausage...so the name Stuck...she at the time was dying her hair red so Dad use to say..."There's my Red and her little black sausage"...oh dear!
Years later...I started an very early short lived small craft business with my Mom... and I surprised her with the business name of 'Red and the Little Black Sausage" ...it was a catchy title and got buyers attention...although at fairs they always thought we should be over by where they sold the food...LOL!!!

So thats the Rest of the Story....

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

What a beautiful Mother's Day tribute, and you know what they say Richard, if you want to see what your wife's going to look like when she gets older take a look at the mother in law, so boy you are a lucky guy, cos Jodi's mum is gorgeous !!
Its like I always say to John when hes playing the lottery hoping for lots of money, its not the material things we buy the children that matter, its the memories we give them, the time we spend with them, teaching them, showing them and loving them that they will remember and what counts for the most! Obviously your mum has proved that Jodi for you to have such wonderful memories. happy Mothers Day
Kate and John xx

Judi W. said...

Great letter and your mom is totally glam .. then and now!

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother on Mothers Day!! What a pretty lady she is!!!!

JODI said...

Hi Kate and John...

Thanks so much for the really kind words. You are so right...what matters most in life in never the 'green stuff'... but rather the words and deeds... so much more valuable.
Hugs,
Jodi

JODI said...

Thank You so much Judi...

85 going on 86 year old women like hearing that and I will pass it on to my mom...will make her day...

Hugs,
Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Marcie...

Thanks so much... she is pretty of spirit as well...and one heck of a nice person... and makes great cookies...still!

Hugs,
Jodi

Pattee said...

Tell your mom I think of her~ Yes I am her Skippy!
Pattee
Also Jodi I tagged you on my blog....
http://odd-dolls.blogspot.com

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

I seem to always take my time getting here.
I'm a bit of a secret country singing lover and this is one of my favourite songs.
So here is the link for both your Mum and you as a mothers day gift.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moO7TDDrdnk
Yes, i know its a bit late!
If this doesnt bring a tear to your eyes i dont know what will. I play it every day when i'm working and even though those tears fall it still makes me happy. It reminds me of my mum and how hard she has always tried.
Your mum is beautiful and not just on the outside. She has eyes that sparkle with so much behind them that could tell a tale or two.
Find the tissues first though.
Nikki x

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Jodi, gorgeous mom & daughter too!!!

We think alike, but than again we're both Pisces! Stop by my latest blog (Mom's Day) & check out some of my personal vintage PICs of my Mom, Dad, Me, our Poodles & one of our Palomino horses.

Have A Great Week!

Bright Blessings Always, Lyndy

Gufobardo said...

for italians Hollywood is a dream...and your mom is a dream! beautiful, sweet, elegant!

JODI said...

Hi Gufobardo....

Well I don't think there was ever a woman as beautiful and sexy as Sophia Loren ... she epitomized what a woman should be....


Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Pattee...

Mom said ..."hey Skippy ...miss you" and Big Hugs

I saw your tag and have 'Tagged onto' others..

Thanks

Jodi

JODI said...

Great song Nikki...I love Dolly Pardon ...she is so dang cute and I love her voice...thanks for the song...it did bring a tear...

Big Hugs

Jodi

JODI said...

Hi Lyndy...

I went over and posted about your lovely family....

Yes we Pisces do think alike...thank goodness...

Big Hugs

Jodi

twinklescrapbooks said...

Your mom is beautiful, inside and out. :) That is awesome that you are so close. :)I have to call my mom daily. Moms rock!
tina

JODI said...

Hi Tina...

I could not have said it better...."Mom's ROCK"

Jodi