Coined by journalist Tom Brokaw, those that grew up through the depression and then experienced the Second World War are known as the Greatest Generation. They were also the parents of baby boomers like me.
My mother and father married in Annapolis in 1942, after dad joined the Navy. Early on, he was gone a lot, and mom was on her own taking care of the babies. A few years after I was born, we moved from California to Japan. There were tours in the states, Newfoundland and Guam. We moved around as a military family, and it was an interesting life growing up. There were trials and tribulations, but it was the time of our lives.
Dad passed away in 2001, five months before 9-11. Mom died just recently on April 12th at the age of 92. She lives on in me and my siblings. With Mothers Day approaching, I recall a poem I read to her recently. It was written by a dear friend, Louis Richard Batzler.
In your womb you formed my body,
At birth in your pain you released me,
To begin my earthly journey,
To manifest my destiny,
Then in my helpless infancy,
You nursed, nurtured wonderfully,
My body, mind and spirit gently,
As years went by so swiftly,
Your presence ever lovingly,
Guided and guarded my ways,
Throughout my nights and days,
With countless unheralded displays,
Of kind care and encouraging praise,
How can I express my gratitude,
For the magnitude and multitude,
Of all the ways you blessed my being?
It’s beyond all speaking and all seeing,
Such thankfulness is ineffable,
I can only say my heart is full,
Of love for you and that you shall be,
Always present in my memory,
For such a love as yours for me,
Lives on throughout eternity.