A Heartfelt Tribute to My Warm and Loving Mom

Filed in Living by on June 16, 2016 2 Comments


My mother was the sweetest and most loving person I have ever known. She’s been gone fifteen years now, and I think about her every day.

I grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister, and we could be a handful. My father’s job as a fireman required he work a 24 hour shift once every three days, so my mom had to fend for herself on the evenings dad was at the firehouse. Of course, we boys took advantage of him not being home and were often at our worst on those nights. Mom had a wooden paddle that she threatened to use on us if we misbehaved. What my brothers and I knew, though, was that she didn’t have the heart to really use it. She paddled us so lightly that we could barely even feel it, and we knew if we yelped in pain, she would hit us even lighter and soon stop. Mom was a pushover—I’m guessing she knew she was.

I think the following story, though, captures the essence of mom best. I was about eight years old, and it was Christmas Eve day. My dad and the other boys had gone out somewhere, and mom and I were alone with my baby sister. I remember it was snowing lightly, and mom was in the kitchen busily making Christmas Eve preparations.

So I asked my mom, “Can I please play my favorite song on the phonograph? Please?” She said yes, go ahead. So I played it once, and then asked if I could play it again. And again. And again. Mom said yes every time. She even said what a lovely song it was, and how she liked it. I’m sure she didn’t really have my taste in music, but she wanted to make me feel good. And loved.

I felt very, very loved.

I had a great mom.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Colleen says:

    Oh, Tim, that is a beautiful tribute to Mom. She was an Angel on earth and had the patience of a Saint. I wonder if you remember the name of the song? I was too young to even know where I was. ❤️ I Love you, Tim!

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