1. This is wonderful! I love your mom! I was close to mine, but she was taken far too early. We lost her (mentally) years before we actually lost her. We did a few things together. Movies. Meals out. Shopping trips to Montana. (Yes, when you live in southern Alberta, your big city of choice is Great Falls!) But I would SO love to have her with me now. To be able to talk to her about my writing (her passion as well). I do have the memories . . .

  2. So many of the older women around us are such inspirations! They not only have an interesting history to share, but are able to transform and adapt as circumstances change. My own mom is gone but I hope I’m as feisty and going strong when I’m in my 80s.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, Being in our 80’s is not what it used to be. Neither is being in our 50’s or 60’s for that matter. As we live longer, old age is perceived differently with each generation.

  3. I love your post & your mum is super cool! 😊My mum surprises me at times too – she’s 76 and my dad passed away in February after a 12 year battle with dementia. Since my dad became ill my mum has learnt to be independent- she passed her driving test first time at the age of 66 (my dad always drove her around), and last year she flew from the UK on her own to Las Vegas to meet up with my sister & her husband who were travelling from California to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows. She is not so adventurous when it comes to trying foreign food or dabbling with technology though! 😜

    • Laurie Stone

      Linda, Your mom sounds like a cool lady. Like my mom, it sounds like she had to change and grow as a widow. Both your mom and mine have done a great job.

  4. Your Mom sounds great. I love that she’s off having adventures with you and it sounds like adventure is what keeps her young at heart. When my Mother was in her 80’s she and her friends would go play setback together. They would meet at each other’s homes and at the senior center and even at biker bars (where they would play for money and win.) For them, it was laughter that kept them feeling young.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, So true about laughter. My mom and her friends go out together, nearly every day. They laugh and sometimes cry. They’re there for each other. Its made me feel so much better about the later years.

  5. How wonderful! You mother is, indeed, cool. If only I could have had that relationship with my mother. She’s a role model for all of us to stay fit and stay in the now. Thanks for sharing her with us, Laurie. xoxox, Brenda

  6. Ginny Pappalardo

    I wonder what my daughter, Lisa, thinks of me. We did travel together once, to Greece and Turkey. She is the one who is adventurous and successful. But I still have spunk too. Lol

    • Laurie Stone

      Ginny, You and Lou seemed to be both adventurous, fun parents. She learned from both of you. She told me she loved traveling with you to Greece and Turkey. What an incredible trip. Maybe you should plan another!

  7. I love that you’re getting this time with your mom! So many of us don’t. And getting to know her more as a person, rather than just as your mother, is priceless.

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, That’s a great way to put it — getting to know my mother more as a person than a mom. I love that. And you’re right, it is a wonderful experience. I’m grateful.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shirley, I’m lucky to have always had a close relationship with my mother. As I get older, I realize what a blessing it is.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jill, My Mom did love it. I’ve learned to never post anything about her (or my late father) without her blessing! Thanks for reading.

  8. I am fortunate to have both of my 80+ year old parents alive and well. Over the past three years we have traveled to France, The Grand Canyon and to Wyoming & Colorado from St. Louis, MO. I treasure every single day with them! We are in the midst of planning for next summer’s adventure!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Laurie Stone

      Kimberly, Funny, I never travelled with my Mom until she was widowed. Now its opened up a new world for us. Glad you enjoy your parents too.

  9. My 89 year old grandmother is a total inspiration! She has taken three major trips this year alone with her girlfriends?! A cruise, a bus tour, and a NYC vacation! She is my rock!

  10. What a lovely tribute. My mom became a widower at 46 and it changed her in a lot of ways. I wish we had this kind of relationship. Our roles have been reversed since I was 15. We’re together all of the time, but I’ve learned she doesn’t travel well.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rena, Wow, your mom was young to be widowed at 46. There’s still a lot of living to do. Sounds like you two have managed to forge a relationship that supports both your needs. With older parents, that’s half the battle.

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