Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sounds like life to me: Momma Mamie

I received a facebook message this morning from a dear family friend of ours regarding her mom, my godmother's sudden passing due to a massive stroke and it hit me like a ton of bricks.  My prayers and love goes to her husband, Mr. Arlos out in Crowell, TX and the family that will be traveling there for the service.

Momma Mamie is the "fiery redhead on the left" this was taken a little less than 3 years ago in Dallas, TX.

I know I will get a lot of this information wrong but this is my memories of Momma Mamie and Mr. Arlos: 
1. Growing up, they were our next door neighbors in Cary, NC

2. No, they are not blood related, but they loved me and my sister as we were their children.

3. They were from way down south, TX and Louisiana and were all things country, guns, country music, crawdads, and skinny dipping.

4. We were always welcome in their home at anytime of the day/night.

5. One morning when I was in elementary school I wanted french fries for breakfast and my mom would make them for me, so I high tailed it over to their house and Momma Mamie fixed them for me :)

6. I'm almost positive they disciplined me more than my parents, but it was out of love.

7. We use to ride around town with the windows down in her Maroon Bronco blasting "friends in low places" and other country greats.

8. They had daughters and granddaughters we probably thought, and still to today consider cousins and we miss them dearly.

9. Momma Mamie loved Mickey Mouse, every time she went to the eye doctor she'd get a tiny Mickey sticker on her sunglasses lens.

10. My mom LOVED her jambalaya and red beans and rice.

11. Momma Mamie use to tell me that she was going to sneak into the back seat of my future "dates" car and make sure there was no hanky panky going on, I think she even said she'd have a shot gun with her :)

12. When they left Cary, they moved to another town about an hour or so away and she had her dream, and in ground swimming pool! We'd go over and play on hot summer days, but beware, if you show up unannounced she may be swimming naked as a jaybird in her pool (and she would encourage you to do the same!) Though she never got us in there nude :)

13. When they moved to Texas, we still kept in touch by mail and phone calls, it was always a delight to hear her sweet voice.

14. I was able to travel to Dallas, TX for work in September of 2010 and her and Mr. Arlos picked me up in their shiny red truck and took me out to Chili's.  I brought photos of my wedding and my family and we caught up.  We didn't skip a beat... it felt like we picked up exactly where we left off.

15. We spoke many more times on the phone after that, she was informing me on their health/surgeries and all the great grand babies, and how me and Charles needed to come out to their property in TX and shoot her guns.  She was so proud to hear my southern accent and my gun knowledge, especially the fact that I have a concealed carry permit.  She said her favorite gun was the Judge, and I could come and shoot hers anytime :)

16.  We last spoke about 2 months ago on the phone.  Seriously, every time we were saying goodbye, I cried.

This ragin' cajun' held a very special place in my heart and I am so blessed to have been loved by her.  I pray for Mr. Arlos and the family as they heal from their loss. I pray she is dancing in Heaven and leading everyone in Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton songs :)

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