DOCTOR MOM BLOG HOP: May 21st
Prompt: Share a favorite memory you have of your mom. Or just share a picture of your mom that you cherish. Or you can do both!
I am sharing an impression that grips me still today and cherished memories.
God how I miss her, even today. I turned seventeen on the last day of November and she died January 25th. I was in my junior year of high school. I remember those feelings like yesterday. I remember walking out of the hospital after she died on a bright, beautiful sunshiny day and being handed a Jesus pamphlet by a man approaching people as they walked out.
It was so surreal. I stood and listened to the busy traffic on the highway in front of the hospital. The birds twittered and sang. I remember thinking why don’t they know? Can’t they feel her absence? This is a short story I wrote in honor of my mother and that time. How could such an irrevocable change occur to one person, and the world not feel it? It Should Have Rained Carnations I feel it still today.
My mother was kind, loving and forgiving. She was sunshine and laughter. She had a gift for laughter and sharing it. She loved to laugh even at herself. She was fun. She was hard-working. She liked to play cards and dominoes. She liked to fish and so did my Daddy. (sorry had to sneak that photo in->)
She liked to get in the car and just drive, anywhere. We did not always have a destination in mind, but we enjoyed the journey of getting there. I still love to do that. Mama said we were never lost because we could always find our way home. This philosophy sometimes caused my Daddy great anxiety as he was a worrier and getting lost made him nervous, but just like a man, he refused to ask for direction until Mama made him.
I go home in my memories now.
Title: Doctor Mom
Author: Elaine Kaye
Genre: Picture Story Book
Ages: 5-8 years
BLURB: It’s Saturday, and Gregory Green can’t wait to have fun with his dad on the riding lawnmower, but something is wrong. Sammy, his teddy bear and best friend, won’t get out of bed. Gregory is worried when he sees Sammy’s left leg is torn. This is a case for Doctor Mom! Can they fix Sammy? And just how did Sammy get hurt in the first place?
PRAISE FOR DOCTOR MOM:
“Doctor Mom is an adorable story that shows how Moms can fix anything—even a torn limb on a beloved teddy bear! Children will enjoy the lovable little bear who needs a stitch or two and his boy who plays dress-up as a doctor.” – Wanda Luthman, award-winning author of Little Birdie Grows Up
“A sweet and heartfelt tale kids can easily identify with, and all of that with a wonderful touch of magic.” – Tonja Drecker, reviewer at Bookworm for Kids
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elaine Kaye first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Doctor Mom is the second book in A Gregory Green Adventure series and highlights something all moms and children can relate to; a beloved stuffed animal in need of a repair.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
She is a grandmother of three boys.
Check out the other story in the MOM BLOG HOP! Starts May 21st
Also published on Medium.