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A to Z of Thankful Me: M

A to Z Challenge, Day 13:  M

M is for Mom, a title turned name
And one that I very proudly will claim.

M is also for Music, which brightens my days
And speaks to my soul in so many ways.

My grandma playing the piano in my childhood home

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Thanks for moms and children.

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  1. Look how cute those little kids were!
    My daughter is the first person in our family (on either side!) who can actually play a musical instrument. I love having the sound of the piano filling the house.

    1. Way to go, Buttercup! That will be a blessing throughout her life.

  2. Modesty ardorns you, but to me, being a Mom and a Musical one at that is a great gift. I'm neither.

    1. I hope this post did not make you melancholy--that was not my intent.

    2. Just Mildly, but not because of your blog. Never hold back because of others!
      You are a wonderful mom!!

  3. …(trying to see the car in the background to figure out the year of the first photo).

    next to (the love of) reading, music is as truly essential to a full life

    1. 1998, if I'm not mistaken. If you were judging by our car, it would probably be 10 years earlier. :-)

  4. Just love the family picture!

  5. How true that "Mom" is a title, turned name.

    1. It's always rather funny when multiple women turn toward the cry, "MOM!"

  6. Wonderful, wonderful family pic! Everyone's looking at the camera and no one is picking their nose! Score! And love your grandma at the piano!

    1. Or giving bunny ears to their sibling. . .


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