A tribute to my mom

It’s now 2011 … another year has come and gone and still, I miss my mom 🙂  Happy Mother’s Day to ALL Moms! I hope and trust that your children make you as proud as mine do.   A special thank you to Tina, Danial and Brenda for making me SO proud to be your Mom.  And thank you to my Mom for instilling great values and a BIG personality!

In Memory of Lucille Therese Cunningham Pillon – MY MOM!

This year (2010) marks my 30th Mother’s day without my mom … 30 years and I miss her as much today as I did back then.

I am very blessed … I have three grown children who are my best friends.  My girls and I (and sometimes my son) meet every Wednesday for lunch … (an all day affair) and I treasure every moment I have with them and with my granddaughters.

I am grateful for the opportunity to get to “know” my children.

Reflecting on today made me think of a poem my “aunt” wrote about my mom and read at her funeral back in April 1980.

I’d like to share it here today as a tribute to my mom, Lucille (Lou, Aunty Lou – never Lucy) Cunningham Pillon.  My mom was a great woman and I see her strong, brilliant personality in my girls and in my son, every day.


I thought of you today

Because it is your Birthday

And my thoughts went winging

Back across the years

Across the happy times

Across the tears

We haven’t always agreed

But Neither have we condemned

Or judged

We always went along with one another

I became a millionaire

The day I met you

Because the friendship you have given me

Is worth more than anything money can buy

My friend Lou


As you can see, my mom was a very special woman …. I got to know her after she left us because she touched so many lives during her very short one … she remains a prominent influence in my life on a daily basis.

I love you mom,


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73 Replies to “A tribute to my mom”

  1. Janet,
    Happy Mothers Day. It is heart warming to here how people feel and remember their Mother. Your poem is a great way to keep her memory a live. We all have one thing in common and that is our Mothers. We grow and an bond inside them and then they help us grow and bond out side of them with Life. God gives us our Moms and they give us life and both are the most valued and priceless things in the world. Boy do I love my MOM and am Blessed to still have her at 64yrs young. This Is THE GREATEST DAY of the YEAR.
    Thank You For sharing. TONY

  2. Janet that was very sweet. I am grateful to have my mom still and I do cherish the times i have with her. she stood by me through my heart attack and multiple eye surgeries.
    Just remember they are always in our hearts!
    Thanks Mike

  3. Janet, what a wonderful tribute with tons of love for your Mom.
    Thank goodness I still have my Mom, I lost my Dad 2 Januarys ago, and the loss and pain is still tough to handle. I miss him so very, very much.

    Mom has been my support and a constant reminder of just how much parents do for us… always… no matter what age we “kids” are, they are always there to love, support and help bounce back when we stumble.

    I’m giving my Mom a late Mother’s day present by flying back to Saskatchewan (I’m in Vancouver, BC) to help her get things ready for the late spring that they are having. It will be wonderful to spend some quality time with her.

    Thanks for sharing…

  4. You are one classy lady, you know that?

    I loved this when you posted it last year, and it’s wonderful again. As you know, my mom is now 85 years young … and I am so blessed to be able to spend this day with her. Thanks for the gentle reminder not to become complacent and take her for granted.

    Happy Mother’s day to you and all other mothers everywhere.

  5. Janet,

    What an awesome way to remember your mother. She would be so proud of you. Take care and have a great Mother’s Day. Your mother is with you!!

  6. Happy Mothers Day Janet and to all the mothers of the world.
    My mother Lucille M. Perkins lost her battle with Leaukemia on Dec. 06, 2010.
    How a mother wants only the best for child, I wanted the same for my mother. My mother was my best friend, I was not able to see her in her last days but did speak to her on the phone. Next weekend we are holding a memorial for her. For those who were not able to pay their last respects. It will give some closure to some of us especially me. She was my light in times of darkness. My hope, my beloved mother whom I will miss and love until I exist no more. Happy Mothers Day Luclle M. Perkins, my mother. Rest in Peace.

  7. I just want to say thank you to EVERYONE for your stories of love … I am feeling truly loved today – my kids all went out of the way to make sure of it and we had a GREAT time … off for more Mother’s Day celebrations for dinner. What an amazing day. I look forward to reading more of your stories!

  8. Thanks Fern, the poem is a gentle reminder of the kind of woman my Mom really was.

  9. Wow, Connie what a wonderful way to start your day. Kids are what make Mother’s Day so special and it sounds like you had a wonderful day with yours. I loved the poem on your site… Before I was a mom … 🙂 Great tribute

  10. I love that you cooked your Mom her favourite dish and are spending the day with her. Quality time is so precious.

  11. Oh Sumaya, that must have been so hard. I also lived away from my Mom when she died. 3,000 Miles away … it was horrific and I too see my Mom in my kids and my grandkids. It’s what makes us live forever!

  12. You are indeed blessed and I’m glad to hear you spend time with your Mom. It’s important

  13. Thanks Nathalie – I hope you are having a phenomenal day and get the grande treatment as you so richly deserve as well 🙂 This has been an amazing day so far!

  14. You are indeed blessed, Daryl and how nice of you to go and help out your Mom .. what a good son!!! 🙂 Enjoy the quality time – it’s precious

  15. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Gladys … it is never easy and this being your first Mother’s Day without your Mom must be hard. My heart goes out to you … the memorial will be a great tribute! Rest in Peace Lucilles 🙂

  16. Hi Janet, I’d like to wish you and all mothers a HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY. I lost my mother in 2004 and I still miss her everyday. She was the matriarch of the family,very head strong but still could be witty when you least expected it. She instilled alot in me that I realise daily and still wish I could just ask something but I’m lucky to have had her for 61 years of my life. I still have a wonderful mother-in-law who I love as a mother too. I love you mother, Nina Lillyan McWhorter, just as much now as before and I’ll carry it to my grave so when we meet on that road of gold it will continue to flourish.

  17. Hi Janet,
    You brought up something special, a reminder of 54 yrs Its been since my mom died,
    I haven’t gotten over It yet. I struggled through my entire life with out her, I’ve thought about
    her every single day, and I feel my life would have been much better with her love, while
    growing up.
    I know how you feel Janet, and hope you have learned, over the years, to fill your
    void with positive thoughts, I never learned how.
    God Bless
    Dean Hamblin

  18. Happy Mothersday Janette, and all the Mothers in the World!!

    Thank You so much Janette for sharing this Beautiful Poem!
    My Mum left us already 9 years ago, and I still have the feeling , as it was only Yesterday! Mothers are something so special in this world, I received a wonderful Story yesterday, for Mothers Day, which I would like to share with You, because that is what All Mums are:
    [7/05/2011 3:52:20 PM] Mary Sablovs: TO ALL MOTHERS OUT THERE & THEIR CHILDREN ((h))

    Why are you crying, a young boy asked his Mom?

    “Because I’m a woman,” she told him.

    “I don’t understand,” he said.

    His Mom just hugged him and said,
    “And you never will, but that’s O.K.”…….

    Later the little boy asked his father,
    “Why does Mom seem to cry for no reason?”.
    “All women cry for no reason,” was all his Dad could say……

    The little boy grew up and became a man,
    still wondering why women cry.

    Finally he put in a call to God and when God got back to him, he asked “God, why do women cry so easily?”

    GOD answered……

    “When I made woman,
    I decided she had to be special.
    I made her shoulders
    strong enough to carry
    the weight of the world, yet,
    made her arms gentle enough to give comfort…

    I gave her the inner strength
    to endure childbirth
    and the rejection
    that many times will come
    even from her own children.

    I gave her a hardness
    that allows her
    to keep going and take care
    of her family and friends,
    even when everyone else gives up, through sickness and fatigue without

    I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all
    circumstances. Even when her child has hurt her badly….

    She has the very special power to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and
    to quell a teenager’s anxieties and fears….

    I gave her strength to care for her husband, despite faults
    and I fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart….

    I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but
    sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him

    For all of this hard work,
    I also gave her a tear to shed.
    It is hers to use
    whenever needed and !
    it is her only weakness….
    When you see her cry,
    tell her how much you love her, and all she does for everyone, and even though
    she may still cry, you will have made her heart feel good.

    She is special!
    Please send this to women you know, and those with mothers,
    sisters, and special women in their lives.

    But, also send this to men so they will understand about what a
    wonderful thing a woman is.
    Each day is a mountain that must be climbed; with courage each step
    gets easier.

    Love your Mother Always

    and keep her Smiling 🙂

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