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MOTHER’s Day: My Mother, My Friend

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 12:00 pm in Other.

Diane Gibson Gray and Aloha Baker (Photo by Sherry LaVars/Staff) Thinking about your mom? We are too. This morning’s “My Mother, My Friend” story in the Times and Trib drew some of the most lovely little tales about mother-daughter friendships. You may need a hanky to read some of them. Here’s our fave – a letter from Diane Gibson-Gray, about how the relationship between a young mother and her loving mother-in-law can outlast the marriage:

I am not only lucky but so blessed to have my ex-mother-in-law, Aloha Baker, in my life. I met her in 1974. I was 18 and pregnant with her son’s child and scared to death. He had just told her that we were going to get married. I just knew she was going to be angry and tell me how I ruined her son’s life, but instead she was gracious and kind. She was wonderful to me that day and has never stopped being wonderful.

I was only married to her son for a few short years, but our mother/daughter relationship has lasted a lifetime. She is my best friend, my confidant, my strength. She is the one I call when I need advice or I need someone to gently remind me that I am not the center of the universe.

When I remarried 25 years ago, my husband became her son-in-law, and when we were blessed with a son he became her grandchild. And she and her husband, Jack, are part of our family, forever!
— Diane Gibson-Gray

Lovely, huh? Click “comments” and tell us about the wonderful mothers in your life.

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