Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mother



Lucille Overby McCall 1925-1990

Today my Mother would have been 90 years old. On Sept 22, 1925, Mother was born here in Palmetto, Florida and loved all things beach and water. She married Daddy in 1943 at age 18 and moved to Savannah, GA and never stopped missing her home town. She caught fish and crabs and dug clams in this river for 18 years.


Above is the manatee river that splits Palmetto and Bradenton, the red dot at top is the house where she was born, the lower red dot is our home. Bradenton beach is to the far left. Mother loved all things beach/water. Clicking will enlarge map.


Above is the green bridge mother fished from, below is the new Green bridge she never saw. 



As the crow flies our home is about 1 mile from where mother was born, by road 4.6 miles and 12 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Sadly mother died 5 months after I moved where her heart desired to be. She lived long enough to know I was in her home town. I spent many happy days here growing up. We traveled from Savannah to Palmetto by train for many years and then by car several times a year. All my life I wanted to live here, and have been here since May 5th 1984.

25 comments:

Linda said...

I love how God gives us the desires of our hearts! Your mother knows where you are.....

Ann said...

I bet your mother is right there with you every single day enjoying the area. What a pretty lady and such a beautiful smile.

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful piece. Greetings and best wishes!

Madi and Mom said...

HAPPY 9OTH BDAY TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL MOM!! I LOVE THE PHOTOS AND HOW YOU ENHANCED THEM.
HUGS CECILIA

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sandra, what a love tribute to you mom on her birthday! The first image is awesome. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

SweetMarie said...

Happy Birthday to your Pretty Mother!!! This is a wonderful post. I can't believe how close you live to where your Mother lived. That is so neat! I love how the bridge and greenery looked when your mother was enjoying it.
I keep forgetting how close to the water you are. I probably passed right by you when traveling to Anna Maria Island. :)

Gail said...

What a wonderful tribute to a great much loved lady.

Chatty Crone said...

A wonderful tribute and memory to your mother - we do miss them don't we?

carolann said...

Beautiful tribute to your Mom. Beautiful looking lady.

You did this beautifully.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Birthday Lucille! Nice tribute to your mother.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Sweet memories.

Rose said...

Oh, how I wish your mom could have moved back to the home she loved...I guess that is sort of how I feel about Tennessee. Yet Lo and her mom are here, so that is where I want to be. Now, if only our other daughter would someday transfer back this way, but I just don't see it happening.

I really enjoyed this post...your mom looks like such a pleasant person.

TexWisGirl said...

she was a beauty. love your compilation photo.

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful tribute your mum... mine is still going strong aged 84 and still drives herself to the gym x

LC said...

Oh, this is such a special post. I can almost feel your mother smiling.

photowannabe said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mother.
Your roots go down deep.

pattisjarrett said...

Sweet tribute to your mother. So glad you can live where you really want to be. I can't help but wonder if fishing is allowed from the new bridge.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a sweet tribute to your mother! She was such a pretty lady. I'm glad she got to know where you moved to, I'll bet that gave her peace. Loved your photo editing!

DeniseinVA said...

Happy 90th birthday to your dear mom. This was a lovely post about her.

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love this post Sandra.

All the best Jan

Ida said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. She was a very attractive woman and had such a lovely smile.

EG CameraGirl said...

I bet she would be happy to know that you live there now. She sure was a young mom! But I guess that was normal back then.

What Karen Sees said...

She was certainly a beautiful woman. What a wonderful tribute!

barbara l. hale said...

Wonderful tribute to your mother! Funny how we often end up where we're supposed to be.

CatTales said...

Your mother was so beautiful.