Faith

Keep it Real Wednesday September 21 ,2022 What have I learned from Rosemary, (Part 10, Faith) Our parents raised us in the Catholic church.  We attended mass on Sundays and all three of us kids attended CCD Religious education and received all of our sacraments.  Rosemary gave us the gift of knowing God.  We prayed before every meal, and we …

Room to Grow and Trust

Keep it Real Wednesday September 14, 2022 What have I learned (Part 9, Room to Grow and Trust) When I think of the things my parents allowed us to do, it is almost cringeworthy now. I say Rosemary allowed us to do because we all know she could get my father to agree to just about anything she wanted.  He …

Fiercely Protective

Keep it Real Wednesday September 7, 2022 What have I learned (Part 8, Fiercely Protective) As many of you know, Rosemary could be the sweetest person in the room.   She was also known to be fiercely protective. In Maryland, we lived on the edge of a large, wooded area with a stream and lots of places for kids to roam. …

Bravery

Keep it Real Wednesday August 31, 2022 What have I learned (Part 8, Bravery) As I reflected on some of Rosemary’s attributes, I pondered over the word bravery.  Was my mom brave?  I guess I never thought of her that way, but my answer is YES. She was one of the bravest people I know.   Rosemary was a child of …

Being Present

Keep it Real Wednesday August 24, 2022 What have I learned (Part 7, Being Present) Lessons from Rosemary My Mom had her share of adversity in her life but none of those things defined who she was. Rosemary was committed to the present, and she allowed the past to stay in the past. In fact, she insisted on it. As …

Hospitality and Forgiveness

Keep it Real Wednesday August 17, 2022 What have I learned (Part 6, Hospitality and Generosity Lessons from Rosemary Hospitality and Generosity Our home was always open to everyone and it seemed to be a place where people could take a deep breath and relax.  Generosity and hospitality were abundant. In the mid 80’s I found myself in a situation …

What have I learned from Rosemary (Part 5)

August 10,  2022 What have I learned from Rosemary (Part 5, Never a stranger) Mom never met a stranger.  Rosemary had a wide range of friends spanning over many years and states we lived in. Her kindergarten best friend of 90 years was Sister Anne Cecile and they spoke every week. Rosemary kept in touch with Dr. Soled, the physician …

Keep it Real Wednesday

August 3, 2022 What have I learned (Part 4, Wit) Lessons from Rosemary Wit My mother was quick witted up to the day she passed away.  When the hospice nurse arrived to introduce herself just a few days before Rosemary passed away, my mother held out her hand and said, gently and sweetly as she extended her hand to shake …

What have I learned from Rosemary? Part 3, Humility

Keep it Real Wednesday July 27, 2022 What have I learned (Part 3 Humility) Lessons from Rosemary Humility My mother grew up in the great depression and she said it was the HAPPIEST time in her life. Her family had little but shared much. They gave to others from their own need and never looked past another human being.  As …

What have I learned from Rosemary (part 2, forgiveness)

Keep it Real Wednesday July 20, 2022 What have I learned (Part 2, Forgiveness) Lessons from Rosemary, Part 2 Forgiveness Those closest to me know that I can be one to hold a grudge sometimes. It’s something I am actively working on and a work in progress. But my mother was the opposite. Rosemary was a very forgiving person and …