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Saturday, July 9, 2011

No. 51 "I love you just as much as I love Tommy!"

Thelma and Tommy soon after their marriage
My mother’s life revolved almost completely around her ten children – seven sons and three daughters. Then, as we acquired spouses, they became like children of her own in almost every way. Especially as she grew older, and came to depend on us more and more, her daughters-in-law in particular were just as much her care-givers as were her own children.

Once, after a period of extended illness when Tommy’s wife, Thelma, had been with her almost constantly for several days, Mama sought to express to Thelma how much she loved her and appreciated all she had done.

“Thelma,” she said, “I love you just like and just as much as I love Tommy. As far as I am concerned there ain’t no difference at all in how I feel about him and how I feel about you!”

Then, wanting to express that in spite of what she had just said, Thelma needed to understand that, even with all that, blood is indeed thicker than water. Quickly she added in profound conclusion, “But, if one of you had to die, I’d rather it be you than him!”

That was her way of emphasizing that even if it were just a small difference, it was a real one.


  1. I love it...I can hear her say that and have heard that same story many many times...Miss Grandma daily and can always see her beautiful smile and hear her laugh...Thanks uncle Joel for that smile this morning

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Tiffany - I laugh every single time I recall this family story! Grandma Margarette is missed every day...