Doctor Mom A Gregory Green Adventure by Elaine Kaye-Doctor Mom Blog Hop
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.
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July 19, 2018 @ 23:10
Doctor Mom sounds adorable, and thanks for sharing about your mom, Juneta. 🙂
May 26, 2018 @ 11:01
This sounds like a darling book for kids. My son still remembers when his stuffed whale went to the hospital (never to come out) for a burst seam! Sigh.
I’m so sorry about your mom. I think of mine most days and even imagine she is there when I hear errant sounds or shadows. It brings me much comfort.
May 24, 2018 @ 00:29
This is so beautiful. I loved it.
May 23, 2018 @ 09:56
Beautiful post. My parents love just driving too, so much so that they’re selling their house and traveling the US in a trailer starting this fall.
May 22, 2018 @ 19:37
I’m so sorry for your loss! I go home and visit my parents in my memories, too.
May 22, 2018 @ 15:26
You seem to have rich memories of both parents – and the short story adds a deeper level of reflection. Thanks for sharing, Juneta .
Congratulations to Elaine for the release.
May 22, 2018 @ 10:16
I love this book and wish Elaine every success!
May 22, 2018 @ 01:43
That was a beautiful post.
Going home in memories. That’s so true. Both of my parents have passed on and I sometimes miss home. It’s better think of still being able to go home- if only just in memory.
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May 21, 2018 @ 23:57
So hard to lose a parent so young! Your story really seemed to capture the feeling–or the inability to feel, to think, or anything. Losing a parent is never easy, but 17 is such a vulnerable age. Thanks for sharing the memories and joining the hop.
May 21, 2018 @ 22:13
How sad. My grandfather died in January 1981 as well–I wasn’t born yet, so I never met him–but my dad has talked about how it was a shock that Grandpa went so fast.
May 21, 2018 @ 21:29
I’m glad you’re able to remember your mother so fondly. @mirymom1 from
May 21, 2018 @ 20:47
So sorry that you lost your mom so young. My daughter lost her dad (my late husband) at that age too.
May 21, 2018 @ 19:18
Great tribute to your mom!
May 21, 2018 @ 15:05
I lost my father years ago and was by his side when he left us. My mother is still with us, at least in body, but her memory has been failing her the last couple of years. She still tells some fabulous stories from the past, but her short term memory is failing. She lives hundred of miles away and won’t be visiting tsunny Florida this year, so a trip to the north may be in order. Thanks for sharing your mom and Elaine’s cute book.
sherry @ fundinmental
May 21, 2018 @ 14:02
I lost my father when I was 11 and surreal is the perfect word to describe it.
May 21, 2018 @ 13:27
Losing your mom is such a traumatic event, esp. at a young age. I was much older when Mom passed, but I still feel her loss. Hugs.
May 21, 2018 @ 12:25
I’m sorry for your loss. Your post has touched me.
“Mama said we were never lost because we could always find our way home.” I love that!
Thanks for participating in the hop!
Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)
May 20, 2018 @ 19:05
How sad to lose your mother when you were so young. Just cherish the memories.