Loved Me Fiercely

by Julie on June 29, 2011 · 10 comments


Photo Booth, 1964

Perfect? No.

Loved me? Yes. Fiercely.

She became a single mother of three young girls in the early sixties,
a time when being so was judged harshly.

She did whatever it took to provide for us. Whatever it took.

with a wild side that was never really expressed,
she taught me about
hard work,
taking action,
oil painting,
ice skating and
remembering our ancestors.

She taught me about Spirit,
things you can’t see but know in your bones,
and a deep love for four-leggeds.

She taught me to champion for women,
animals and the earth.

She taught me to find a way to carry on when life brings painful times.

She taught me to see the unconditional love that shines through conditioning.


Joan left her body three years ago, today.

Perfect? No.

Loved me? Yes. Fiercely.

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Marjory June 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

What a way to open my heart today. Love you and your mama for bringing you into this world. She is so proud of you.

Ronna June 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

Fiercely beautiful and tender, Julie: these words and you. Thank you.

Elizabeth Marie June 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

This is a beautiful way to acknowledge … well, I hardly know what to say. Tonight, I’m taking my daughter to a poetry open mic where I’ve promised not to embarrass her, which means I won’t read a poem with her in it. I plan, instead, to read a poem about my own mother, who has been gone since 1993. I’ll think of you and Joan as I read.

Yolanda Brand June 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Your mamma shone brightly. <3 As you do. {hug}

Patty June 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

So moving, Julie. Reminds me of my own mother. Thank you.

Lindsey June 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

A simply lovely tribute. Lucky Joan, to know and be known by such an extraordinary daughter. xo

wholly jeanne June 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

what a beautiful tribute – even if i am a day or so late. (and i’m so sorry about that.) the best thing i think your mother did? she created YOU. xo

wholly jeanne June 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

and hey, so you’ve always been adorable. doesn’t surprise me a bit.

Brigitte June 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Oh, Julie, this is beautiful.

bravegirl June 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

What a lovely tribute, Julie. A beautiful spirit and she continues to live on in you.

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