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Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# What I got today - for Mother's Day

A long time ago I adopted a then 16 year old girl and took her out of an orphanage.

We treasure each other, and she brought me this to celebrate the day.

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#### tavernier

(13,000 posts)16 especially is a difficult age when a child really needs. Parent.

❤️

#### Mira

(22,454 posts)I was getting divorced at the time, I was 33, and went to that orphanage on Sunday mornings to teach her to read. By the time we had finished "The Old man and the Sea" she was pretty fluent, and I recognized that above all she needed a mother. She was a chronic runaway. Nevertheless my only question to myself was: "What could happen that I can't handle."

I had no answer to that, and the rest is a long, happy, loving relationship that brought me a wonderful grandchild to boot.

I'm answering this to you, Tavernier, because I love the "Keys" and come through that town on my way to Marathon as often as possible.

#### Scrivener7

(52,081 posts)#### KY_EnviroGuy

(14,578 posts)with my daughter. She's the mom of a wonderful 15 y.o. girl (my only grandchild) and she's also a 5th grade reading teacher in our local public school system.

I would like to email her your photo and then read your story to her over the phone.

Happy Mother's Day!.........

#### Mira

(22,454 posts)on a new plane. Thanks, and yes, of course. Share it.

#### Lucid Dreamer

(589 posts)#### lark

(23,761 posts)Congrats and Happy Mothers' Day.

#### malaise

(275,095 posts)and the flowers

Happy Mothers’ Day to you

#### badhair77

(4,481 posts)It must be a great feeling to know she appreciates you and your gift to her. Happy Mother’s Day.

#### True Blue American

(18,096 posts)Happy Mothers Day.

#### a kennedy

(31,348 posts)Happy Mother’s Day Mira.

#### MLAA

(18,158 posts)Gorgeous flowers and so delighted to hear that you have been treasures to each other 💗

How lovely and creative!

#### FailureToCommunicate

(14,254 posts)Happy Mother's Day!

and

Happy Mothers' Day!

#### Emile

(27,558 posts)#### cilla4progress

(25,435 posts)Kudos!!

Thanks for a ray of sunshine!!

💗

#### onecaliberal

(35,029 posts)#### RestoreAmerica2020

(3,454 posts)Paz.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(151,297 posts)#### pandr32

(11,954 posts)#### Solly Mack

(91,582 posts)#### lillypaddle

(9,605 posts)The back story, the gift and words, all of it. Congrats to you and your family, Mira.

#### childfreebychoice

(476 posts)#### keithbvadu2

(39,029 posts)#### calimary

(83,416 posts)Happy Mother’s Day!

#### panader0

(25,816 posts)#### MineralMan

(146,970 posts)#### mnhtnbb

(31,705 posts)#### TomSlick

(11,575 posts)You are an extraordinary person. I'm honored just to be in the same group as such a special loving person.

#### LeftInTX

(28,916 posts)#### Demovictory9

(33,151 posts)#### PittBlue

(4,290 posts)You two certainly saved each other!💕

#### CousinIT

(9,719 posts)And very true!

#### CrispyQ

(37,566 posts)Lovely roses!