My Mom is Florence. My friends just loved her, I am forever in her debt.
Happy Birthday, Mom,
I wonder what you would think about how the world has changed in the last 16 years, since you've moved on to heaven.
We're experiencing economic tough times, the toughest I've ever seen in my lifetime. People are losing jobs, 1-in-3 houses in California are in foreclosure, prices are high and people are begging for a change. It's just that the change they are asking for sounds more like socialism than capitalism. Increase taxes on the richest and 'redistribute the wealth' to the poorest. And here I sit somewhere in the middle and I will have to help pay for some of this redistribution - in higher taxes.
The election for president is very heated, but I think you would support John McCain. McCain is part of that "tried and true" politician, the one that has experience, understands how to make a quick decision and has a plan that keeps us out of the socialism pathway. You would like his VP pick, Sarah Palin, too. She is from Alaska, just a "regular" person who has the desire to fight big-business and politics as usual - it's actually refreshing.
But you wouldn't like to see how the feminists and celebrities treat her. They smear her, make fun of her, scream about how much they hate her. It's HORRIBLE! You always taught me that it is about equal pay for equal work (which still doesn't happen) and not the actual politics of that person.
You know, this is the first time in our history that an african-american is running for president and it is exciting. It would be even better if he didn't want to end the culture in our company from what you would recognize to this NEW change - socialism. You know, like Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor. In theory, I'm sure it's fine, but in reality this is INSANE!
We have to elect John McCain - I am interested in keeping the America that we know and love and are willing to die for as I am sure you would be too.
P.S. You'd be happy to know that your great-grandson is a very charming young man. You would be totally proud! Your grandchildren are doing good, in fact, Tamara is moving to Spain, Jake is married with a baby on the way and living in Kansas City, and Beka is still figuring things out, but she pays her bills and takes care of business. In fact, you have taught me so many valuable lessons that prepared me for life. I hope I have prepared my kids as well as you prepared me.
Hey Mom - I love you and miss you! Sherry, Steve, Roland and I had dinner on your birthday and toasted you! We miss you so much! And I think of you all the time, even after 16 years!
"...And in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make."
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts