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This morning‘ sky reminded me of a lion fish.My mother, Mary Iola, was born on July 31st 1907. My grandfather, Aldo, was 40 years old and my grandmother, Berths, was 32. Mom married my father Clarence Edgar Williams, August 19th 1929. They had four children in 16 years, Kenneth, Maryann, Earlene, and myself.Mom died September 4th 1994 at the age of 87. She outlived her parents, her husband, six brothers, two sisters, and two of her children. Today she would have been 113 years old.Mom was a big woman, standing 5’10”. By the time I was old enough to remember, my sisters and brother had moved out to their own homes and my father had died. That means that my mother raised me on her own.When I was four years old my father died, Mom told me that I was now the man-of-the-house. I took that seriously. I got my first regular job (and social security card) at 14. I delivered newspapers, the Register in the morning and the Tribune on the afternoon.Mom was full of wisdom that flew in the face of most sayings. You no doubt have heard “don’t kick a man when he’s down.” Mom’s advise was “kick a man when he’s down, if he’s a real man, he’ll get up.” Again, you’ve probably heard, “Anything worth doing outs worth doing right.” Mom’s version was, “Anything worth doing we worth doing was worth doing wrong, because nobody gets it right the first time.” The next one is credited to Mark Twain, “Put all your eggs in one basket. Then guard that basket.” He may have said it first, but Mom said it often.She also told me that she’d be ashamed to hear I’d started a fight, but proud to hear I’d finished it.
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