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How Did She Do It?
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How Did She Do It?

As I sit here, I ponder the above question. How did she do it? How indeed, did my mother manageto take the many trips that she did, over the course of her life time? Sometimes, I wonder. Like others, I envy her.

As a small child growing up in Ohio and in West Virginia, my mother would always get lost just to find her way around. However, the thought of her taking trips out on her own, and after her children grew up and were on their own, really puzzled me at times.

After moving out here to the state of Arizona, and after the passing of her own parents in 1984, she took a job at an corporation called Circle K. It is with this company, that she was able to take these little trips  of hers. How she made from this job does not matter. What did  matter, is that she managed to get in touch with a travel agent named Ruby. Every year, both mom and Ruby would talk for hours on the phone. Some times, Ruby would even come to mom's house. They both would sit down and plot the course of mom's destination at the beginning of January. By the end of April, through the middle part of May of that same year, mom would have her traveling plans all laid out before her. Then, it was onto the airport, and up and away she went.

Throughout her life in Arizona, she hwent to various places, ones that one could only dream of going to. Places like Canada, Alaska, Europe, and Ireland. Yes, she would often go alone. While going out on her own, and alone, she would find herself meeting and making new friends along the way.

As I've stated, I envy her. While she was here on earth, she would show us the many pictures that she had taken while she was on her little outings. How I would have loved to been able to go along with her on her little trips out of the country and into others.

After her retirement in 2003, she moved from here to Nevada to be around the other family members. I often wondered- had she taken any other little trips out of the country?  One could only imagine. However, with the many medical issues that plagued her frail body as she got older, it was only at that time, that we realized that she was not able to go any further on the outings that she so enjoyed when she lived down here.

As time would have it, her traveling days were over. She now looks down upon us, watching over us.

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  1. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    This latest post of mine, is in memory of my mother whom, we've lost almost four years ago due to congestive heart failure. I still yet, miss her very much. I wished, that she was still here with us. I know, that she's in a much better place than what we are and for that, I am grateful.
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  2. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #2. You wrote a wonderful testimony.
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  3. Carolyn
    Vote #3! Looks like you are doing great on this site, Teresa!
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    1. Teresa Thomas
      Teresa Thomas
      Thank you Carolyn. Yes, I am. I'm going to be sticking with this one for quite a while. I've yet, however, need to work on the of horse one as well. I've got a few ideas for articles for that one also. I just need to sit down and sort them all out before writing on there. Again, thanks.
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  4. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Thank you Susan.
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  5. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. A moving and well-written blog. Your mother was clearly very adventurous! You might be interested in my latest blog for this site, The First Cut Is The Deepest...., and if you like it, please vote, thanks! :-)
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    1. Teresa Thomas
      Teresa Thomas
      Thank you Broken English for the vote and comment. Yes, she was very adventurous. She loved traveling. I would also. love to go places. However, I'm not sure, if going to the places that she went to would be on my agenda. But, I would still love to travel nonetheless. Maybe one of these days, I'll get to doing some more traveling myself. I'm not much of going out of the country. I know, that the places that my mother had gone to was very interesting indeed. Only time will tell.
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  6. Lil Nana
    Lil Nana
    Great job Teresa! My mom too died of congestive heart failure and I miss her every day.
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    1. Teresa Thomas
      Teresa Thomas
      Thank you Lil Nana. Sorry to hear about your mother. How long ago, may I ask, has she passed? Mine passed almost 4 years ago. It will be four years on the 16th of April of this year. Like you, I too, miss mine. I have some fond memories of her though. If you get a chance, stop by and check out my latest article.
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  7. Lil Nana
    Lil Nana
    My mom went home to be with Jesus in 2000
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    1. Teresa Thomas
      Teresa Thomas
      Sorry to hear that. Mine went to be with him in 2009. My oldest sister went to be with him in 2000.
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