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<p>in the blacksheep thread there's a LOT of hard stuff going down ... and it's not pretend or fun in any way ... but even though I have a terrible time finding a comfortable place with my mom there are things I love and admire about her ...  hopefully we all have things to keep perspective with difficult folks in our lives ... this is the place to show some appreciation for the GOOD in them!</p>
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<p>my mom always made sure we had fun learning - we played family games, mostly scrabble, trivial pursuit and when we were young we had decks of cards for memory games about the states, presidents and famous authors/writers and such ... we played math quizzes and spelling games in the car on long drives  ... she did art projects with us and taught us to embroider/crochet and things like that ...</p>
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<p>mom was very self-sufficient and set an example of digging in and doing what needed to be done - we didn't have much, dad died when we were little and she was IT ... she did the plumbing, carpentry, cooking, all of it ... her and my grandpa did major renovation on the house she bought after dad died  ... she always could do 'anything' in my eyes  ... if it needed doing, she just freakin' did it ... very strong woman and good example</p>
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<p>mom was always there to help a friend in need ... like I said in the other 'blacksheep' thread , she tends to be a martyr, but that can be used for good sometimes  ... she took in family and friends whenever they needed help and she tended to hone in on people that needed help, so there was usually somebody she was helping thru something  ... if not for my mom my brothers' kids would all likely be in a lot worse places than they currently are ... mom was a strong advocate for the kids when my bro's lives were in shambles and she always made sure the kids were taken care of by my brothers (hubby and I tried our best during those times too to give stability to the neices and nephews - learned that from mom ...)</p>
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<p>watching mom keep on keeping on thru all the tough breaks life handed her/us has formed a lot of who I am ... some of it I struggle to change and others I cherish  ... she's tough as nails   and perseveres  ... I love her even when I have trouble being near her ... she's got a good heart but is just very different from me and how I operate on many levels ...</p>
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<p>Please share your 'stuff'  here.</p>
 

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<p>My dad was a good provider</p>
 

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<p>    My parents raised me well and showed me how to be honest and direct.. but also to try to be polite about it .</p>
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<p>    My mom was always there for me when I needed her  even though I thought she was out of touch when I was young!</p>
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<p>    My parents always encouraged my independence but were supportive.  I was trusted to make my own decisions and my own  mistakes.  </p>
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<p>       They also  gave me perspective and  made sure I remembered to have a sense of humor about my troubles and triumphs.</p>
 

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<p>Some of you know about my Mother in Law, Aileen.</p>
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<p>I can't tolerate even talking on the phone, much less to be in the same room with her; but I know that my MIL is a hard-working, kind, caring individual.</p>
<p>She raised two sons [her hubby died at age 38 when the boys were 9 & 11]...and did a somewhat decent job of that.</p>
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<p>Did Portymum go and bump her head?</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>wherestheportojohn</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69339/focus-on-the-positive-list-at-least-one-good-thing-about-somebody-that-you-really-have-difficulty-dealing-with#post_1931060"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Some of you know about my Mother in Law, Aileen.</p>
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<p>I can't tolerate even talking on the phone, much less to be in the same room with her; but I know that my MIL is a hard-working, kind, caring individual.</p>
<p>She raised two sons [her hubby died at age 38 when the boys were 9 & 11]...and did a somewhat decent job of that.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mrscoby78</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69339/focus-on-the-positive-list-at-least-one-good-thing-about-somebody-that-you-really-have-difficulty-dealing-with#post_1931084"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My MIL is at least trying to like me.  I appreciate the effort.   :)</p>
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Scary thing is, my Aileen adores me.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jcumming</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69339/focus-on-the-positive-list-at-least-one-good-thing-about-somebody-that-you-really-have-difficulty-dealing-with#post_1931236"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My mother-in-law died in May.  I loved her so much and I miss her. Once again I am an orphan.</p>
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so sorry jc  :-(</p>
 
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