I Remember Mama

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX AT BARNEGAT BAY-

            1948 feature film. I Remember Mama. brought back many memories for me today-The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget.

It reminded me about my family life, I flash back to the time in New York City, What we call Alphabet City today- It was the lower East Side of Manhattan-  I was raised at 623 East 11th Street between B & C Avenue,

The greatest memories one child could ever want or have- We were the only Italian /Hispanic family on the block- Where Stick ball was played, and the Johnny pump was our way to stay cool in the summer. Where a Fire Escape was a place for us to sit outside in the evening and look at the sky- it was great!. Where Coney Island in Brooklyn  was a place to go every Tuesday evening for Fire Works display an eat good ole fashion Knishes.

 Dinner was on the table every evening waiting for my father  to come home, When he walked in the door he immediately would hug and kiss her- She was Beautiful inside and out- with Five children to raise I, being the youngest. ( had to throw that in)

She was that stay home Mom.  Although, I now know we were  struggling to make ends meet- you would never have known it then- Always dressed in our Sunday Best- She made sure we never went with-out  

Each week my father would bring his pay home and she would immediately sit down and pay the bills. We too had a savings account that never really existed.

Only as a woman growing up did I ever find that out-  The movie reminded of what a wonderful & simple world I lived in, It was secure and loving- 

On January 28,2005  She passed away.

  The longest & hardest  three years of my life.  

I miss her terribly- She was my rock- She was and still  is My Angel- 

 Be All you can be-but always be true to yourself. Work hard, Give Much and Love Strong-.



Comments (5)

Roberta LaRocca
Simply Vegas Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507

Pattie, Your mother was a wonderful woman and you were very lucky to have her.  I am sorry that you lost her but I am sure that she is with you all the time.

May 11, 2008 05:02 PM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Pattie another wonderful 'mother' story - they're all unique and special...I hope I can make that kind of difference in my children's lives.  :-)

May 11, 2008 05:32 PM
Jacki & Jerry Shafer
The Shafer Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Louisville East - Crestwood, KY
The Shafer Team, Call 502-643-SOLD

Thank you so much for sharing your story.  And love the old black and white picture!  I lost my number one fan, my Mom, 13 years ago, and I still miss her terribly.


May 12, 2008 01:23 PM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Pattie, What a beautiful story and tribute to your mother.  Love the old black and white photo.  I have some of those old Easter photos myself, and yours just brought back some great memories of growing up on the Jersey Shore.  I Remember Mama, is definitely on my top ten list.

May 12, 2008 01:37 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Lovely story and tribute to your mother.  Love those old photo's... Easter...ahhh Easter...beautiful dresses for church...with my white gloves...How many remember wearing them...to church?

Jun 15, 2008 03:01 PM