On this day, April 13th, in 1917…..


My Mom was born! Happy Birthday Mom


Mom was born in Winnipeg Manitoba at the end of WW I. It’s hard to fathom what has transpired in her lifetime. How can I even sum it up? Her Dad passed away when she was a teenager, during the depression. Times were tough. They travelled, by car, on the gravel road that was the Trans Canada Highway, out west to Victoria. There they stayed with her maternal grandmother. Things didn’t work out. They travelled back again. I think they did this a couple of times. Do you have any idea how far that is? Far, really far (ok, I’m too lazy to go look it up.  Just trust me, you don’t want to drive that far on a gravel road in 1930 something!)
The picture above was taken when she graduated from high school.

Mom went on to become a nurse. That is the next picture:


She ended up working at the hospital in Hazelton B.C. That is where she met a dashing radio operator, my Dad. They were married in Vancouver (I’m really skimming over lots of details here!) then my Dad went off to work in the Merchant Navy, as part of the Canadian forces in WW II.


Well, I”m going skim a lot more here 🙂 Mom and Dad had 8 kids and were married for almost 55 years.


My Dad passed away in 2000. After some time on her own, Mom moved to Victoria to live with my sister Joan. Here’s a picture of her at my nephew’s wedding:


Do you have any idea how lucky I am to have had such a woman for a mother? She is smart, kind, and courageous. I haven’t even really hinted at the hardships of losing her father and all their material wealth during the depression. The years of drudgery, just trying to help make the family successful. When my parents started their family, they had two of my sisters first. Then my first brother was born, profoundly handicapped. Despite that, my Mom had five more kids and succeeded in raising us all. I have no idea where she got the patience or the energy. Well, some of it came from her faith. A devout Catholic, she has practised and continues to practise her religion without being judgemental, impatient, narrow minded, or so many of the things you often associate with religious people. I admire that. Though I chose to leave the Catholic faith as a teenager, I’ve always respected what she gets from it.

To this day, I will discuss any issue with my Mom because she is learned, wise, and understands me very well. She has been a great Mom and a great friend.

Happy Birthday Mom!


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25 Responses to On this day, April 13th, in 1917…..

  1. MJ says:

    A beautiful tribute. You’re both very lucky to have each other.

  2. shiftclick says:

    That’s lovely. Your mom sounds like a woman I could spend many hours talking to. A walking, talking history book. I love people like that. She is one of many reasons why you are so very blessed.

  3. Barb says:

    Wow your Mom looks like a beautiful person and think you are both lucky to have each other. Your tribute to your Mom was very thoughtful and inspiring. Think I will call my Mom today and tell her how much I appreciate her. Thanks..

  4. Robin says:

    What a lovely post, and a very happy birthday to your Mom!

  5. Meow says:

    A really beautiful tribute to your mum. I hope she has a wonderful birthday.
    I also hope you all have a wonderful Easter.
    Take care, Meow

  6. Doug says:

    Happy Birthday to Mother’s Mom

  7. Glen & Linda says:

    A Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Happy Easter grandma – from Nicole & Grant’s adpoted grandparents.

  8. Whinger says:

    What a fantastic lady. Hurrah for good moms!

  9. Kyahgirl says:

    MJ-thanks, we are lucky.

    shiftclick-you are right-she is great to talk too. Has such wide knowledge and wise ideas!

    Barb-you do that, phone your mom, she’ll be glad.

    Robin-thanks ♥

    Meow-she should see your birthday wishes today if she ever stops partying long enough to come and read my blog!

    Doug-thanks 🙂 *cluck, cluck, cluck*

    Glen & Linda -Thanks! So glad you are visiting and commenting. Its nice to have you here. Mom just told me this morning how happy she is that you guys are helping with the grandparenting duties. Its a big job 🙂

    Whinger-thanks 🙂 ♥

  10. Claire says:

    Awww! That is such a sweet post about your mom. It must have been so hard for her to raise 5 kids as a nurse. With the hours nurses usually have to keep, it is hard to have very much going on outside of the hospital.
    You must be very proud to have such a wonderful mother. Happy Birthday!

  11. The pictures are SO lovely.

  12. Ms.L says:

    *sniff* *sniff* that was beautiful:)

  13. Stacy says:

    Awww, that is such a sweet story!

    Happy Birthday, Kyahgirl’s Mom! 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    That’s a wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman.

    ~♥~Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom~♥~

    ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

  15. dddragon says:

    A wonderful tribute! Happy Birthday to Mom!

    It’s amazing what our parents and grandparents lived thru – my grandmother went from horse-and-buggy days to seeing man land on the moon to seeing in the year 2000 (she had ordered her headstone years ago and was annoyed that it would have to be corrected …)

  16. IDV says:

    Happy birthday to your mom, or mum as we like to say here in Blighty! A lovely post 🙂

  17. garfer says:

    If your father was in the merchant navy during WWII he probably saved our lives.

    I suppose people cope with circumstances as they find them, but I still find the relience of people who lived (and continue to live) through desperate times remarkable.

    Happy birthday Kyahgirl senior.

  18. Joan says:

    L thanks for saying what I think every day. We were truely blessed when we got our parents.As the card I got her for today says” You can give me no greater compliment than to say I am just like my mom” who wouldn’t want to be sweet,strong, resourceful, organized – especially let loose with plastic bags – kind, and as beautiful inside as out.She can also be an award winning nagger as you well know:)Love to you all.

  19. Logo says:

    Happy Birthday, Mum!!
    Since you adopted me I get the family too, right?
    What a wonderful woman, I am inspired and better understand how we ended up with such a fabulous mother hen.

  20. kyahgirl says:

    Claire, Star, Ms. L, Stacy-thanks so much for your kind words. I’m sure my mom has seen then by now 🙂

    dddragon-that’s a cute story about the headstone 🙂

    IdV-thanks !

    garfer-so nice to see you here again. you’re probably right about my Dad, or at least he helped the UK out a bit anyway 🙂

    Joan-you’re a wonderful sister and I’m so glad you’re there with Mom all the time.

    logo-of course you get the family too. You’re now the youngest of 9 ok? 🙂

  21. urbanchick says:

    oh, a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman (who i wish i could meet now!) and wonderful wonderful pictures – thanks for putting them on your blog!

    a day late but a belated happy birthday to you mum!!


    p.s. my grandmother would have been 88 today (remember you told me she was born one year and one day later than your mother?)

  22. Rude1 says:

    Wonderful story! Isn’t it amazing what those before us went through? And we think we have it rough, geez! Thanks for the great post!

  23. kyahgirl says:

    UC-yes, I remember ♥

    Rude1-Yes, it is amazing! thanks

  24. Lucyshnoosy says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! She sounds like a wonderful person, and your tribute was lovely and very touching. What a strong resemblance: the picture of your mother as a nurse looks so much like you.

    Many happy returns of the day!

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