‘Practically perfect in every way’

Published 5:16 pm Friday, May 11, 2018

For years, I have heard people tell my mother she looks like Julie Andrews.

Andrews is the actress who is probably most known for her role as Maria in the “Sound of Music.”

She also played Mary Poppins in the film by the same name.

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And like Mary Poppins, my mother is “practically perfect in every way.”

However, she is the kind that would never boast or brag on anything she has ever done.

Mom is one of those, you might say, who works behind the scenes, always making sure every single detail is taken care of so that everything is nice for the rest of us.

In fact, I really don’t know how she always manages to get it all done.

The house is always and I mean always clean, and when we have get togethers, her attention to detail is magical.

At times, when we have had dinner at my parents’ house, she would have the table set with little gifts at each of our places, and at Christmas, even though she and dad have now relented to giving money most of the time, she still comes up with special little happies for us kids.

Several years back, she got my sisters-in-law and me the cutest bedroom slippers. I still wear mine daily.

And don’t even get me started on what a wonderful grandmother she has been.

Let me just say, my grandkids could only wish for a grandmother like Honey! (That is what the grandkids call her.)

Mom’s generosity even goes beyond her family.

I bet many of you reading this have at some time or another received a special note or card from my mom.

She is just caring like that.

And for you men out there, my dad won the lottery when my mom said she would marry him.

I have never witnessed a more devoted wife.

If she is leaving to spend the day out, she still fixes my dad’s lunch and has everything ready at the table for him when he comes home to eat.

My hubby is lucky if milk is in the house.

I have certainly tried at times to mimic some of my mom’s attributes through the years, but needless to say, I have fallen short.

And that’s another wonderful gift of Mom’s. No matter what, she still thinks I am the greatest.

For instance, since I started writing at The Post, I think she has saved nearly every single newspaper that has my byline and regularly tells me how proud she is of me.

Well mom, I am proud of you too.

You have lived an honorable life and shown me what a Godly woman looks like. You have given so much of yourself to your family and others and have loved unconditionally. You have been my rock and when things have been less than wonderful have wiped away more tears than I want to admit, and you always seem to know how to make me smile.

So on this Mother’s Day, I want you to cut this column out of the paper, frame it and remember everyday how much you are loved.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.