Mothers day for Patty was a day of receiving phone calls from our three sons and our many grandchildren. She downplayed the significance of the day, but enjoyed very much the opportunity to converse at length with those who called to wish her a “happy mothers’s day”. Both patty and I did not feel that a special day was needed to honor your parent’s sacrifices, made as your parents fulfilled their responsibilities as parents, and, consequently, we did not have a history of making a big deal out of “mother’s day”. That has proved to be a “blessing” now as we do not feel the need to “do something” tomorrow in spite of Patty’s absence. That does not mean that the substantial sacrifices made by parents in the course of raising their children is not appreciated by those children. It just means that the best way to honor your parents is to live your life, day-to-day, as they taught you. Now that I have made my point about “mother’s day” clear, I must tell you that I know that Patty is missed very much by all who knew and loved her and that the lack of the opportunity to call her up and wish her “happy mother’s day” will bring much sadness to all.


I am 87 years old and married for 65 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoyed my life and I am trying to look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity.


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I so look forward to reading your posts and am sorely disappointed on the days when I don’t see you in my inbox!

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