Whatever floats your boat...
Yesterday, May 1, 2011, was the unveiling at the cemetary for
the writing on the stone that she shares with my Father.
I wrote and spoke the eulogy, which expresses just a little
of who she was, and my love for her.
I would like to share it with my friends here:
"My Mother often told me about how she and her family came to the United States. She
told me that a lawyer who lived in her family's home town in Hungary warned her parents that
it wasn't safe for them to stay there. My Grandfather had to leave his family first and find work.
My Mother said her Father was crying because he didn't want to leave but he did. My Mother
followed after with her five sisters and their Mother. She told me about a few things that happened
on the way to the U.S. They showed a film on the ship they were on, and in the film was a
scene with a ship sinking. Not so funny at the time, but my Mom was able to laugh at it
with me. I asked my Mom if she saw the Statue of Liberty. She said she heard everyone
yelling "there it is", but she said she didn't see it, and i would tease her and say, "how could you miss
it?", and she would laugh.
My Mother suffered from depression much of her life. She was given the advice that work
would help her and it did. She told me that her Father didn't want her to work, he said that
he knew if she started to work she would never stop. But she found a job at a retail store
downtown, and never did stop working. She loved selling clothes and became
so good at her job that her customers would follow her when she changed jobs. She loved
helping people, and she worked until she was 80 years old.
My Mother was devoted to her family, both her family from Hungary, and my Father,
my Brother, and me. She would do anything to make life better for us, and she did.
Life was often very difficult, but somehow my Mother would find joy in life.
When I was in college in my 20's, my Mom decides she wanted to take a tour
of Europe. This is one of my fondest memories. My Mother arranged a tour of France and Italy
and we visited my Brother and Sister-in-Law who were living in Milan, and got
to see Rome, Venice, Florence, and much more. It was a wonderful trip, and i often
reminisce about how happy we all were.
My Mother meant so much to me, i can't express it all here. I still talk to her every
day and pray to G-d that she and my Father are alright. I love and miss you Mom."