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My Mother Jean, A Maverick

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I wanted to explain why it was necessary for my mother to leave my dad. When she met him, he was a very handsome, kind and intelligent man, athletic and with a great sense of humor. After they married, he had to go immediately to the war in Korea. He returned a different person. My mother had four daughters with him and during that time she came to realize that the war had brought out schizophrenia in him. This is a hereditary disease that strikes almost always when the person is young and it's brought out by stress or trauma. In the 1950's, there was really no good treatment for it other than shock treatments which were not very helpful. It became dangerous for my mother to stay with my dad. Through prayer, she got her answer to leave him. I like to think everything happens for a reason. That was one of many trials she was to have in life. My dad is alive today. He has had four wives in his lifetime and has been with his last one since the 80's. I am on good terms with him but have never been close with him. There are many sad things in life but I am thankful for all the blessings in life despite the hardships. 

HERE IS a PICTURE OF MY MOM during THANKSGIVING 2015. She is the short lady on the right. My sisters and some of their family members are in the pic!

Alberta “Jean,” the different one was she since her birth and among her family. This redhead born of parents with dark hair had felt herself an odd plain duck; in prayer she’d kneel and on her father’s farm was awed by nature. In the fields, she’d pray to God. With fervent adoration for her God, she searched for truth. A maverick was she. She left her parents’ church, for she was awed by teachings not those of her family. The Gospel she discovered through deep prayer dismayed her folks, as had her bright red hair! Upon her birth, because of her red hair, her folks had joked she wasn’t theirs, but God would lead her to a new life. On a prayer, she traveled west. A restless soul was she - the one to leave her home and family to find her niche; by her bold move I’m awed. By all the things she did back then, I’m awed. She joined the Navy. Jean, with bobbed red hair, would meet my dad and start a family. Great trials came to her. She called on God. To go back home then was the answer she was given after long and pleading prayer. She had to leave my dad. I know through prayer this answer came to her. Again I’m awed because with us, her four small daughters, she became a single mom. She wore long hair up in a bun, worked hard, had faith in God, and married someone else with family. Eight children then were in our family. My mother taught her step kids about prayer, affecting all our lives. Her trust in God is never-ending, and we all are awed. . . . She’s 80, widowed, and still has red hair and goes out dancing!! Rare indeed is she! With faith in God, Jean raised a family. No need of fame has she, for she has prayer and grandkids awed now by her still red hair!
* see about poem for more info on Jean *I tried to make this one like a rhyming Sestina. Instead of choosing just any six words to repeat at the end of each line, I decided to use three pairs of words that rhymed with each other. The position of the words changes from stanza to stanza, but I think the rhyming aspect still holds strong. for the Tell Us About Your Mom Contest of Judy Konos

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Date: 11/18/2020 5:49:00 PM
Sadly, the photo isn't showing. Do you have it up on your facebook page? I know I've seen a few snapshots of her. This is an amazing tribute of an amazing woman. The tribulations she went through made her a stronger woman. I don't think I knew your dad's condition was as a result of the Korean war. Another instance of war taking a huge toll on soldiers and their families. Your sestina is awesome, I like how you picked RHYMING words to end your lines with. It adds to the overall effect! ~ John
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Date: 11/19/2020 1:37:00 PM
I hate how this site won't let our FB pictures stay up!! I have a current picture of my mom on my wall. It's a few posts down, put up there last month!! She is so skinny compared to her daughters! My dad was desinted to have schizophrenia, but in those days they did not understand it , so he got to have benefits all his life as a disabled veteran because it comes out during stress and you WILL get it if it's strong enough in your DNA. I got to go to college for free due to children of disabled veterans, something no longer available!
Date: 12/30/2015 6:04:00 AM
She looks happy Andrea. You are so lucky to still have her in your life. My mum's sixth anniversary mass is on January 17th. Her last gift to me was to tell me I should split from my husband. I kicked him out that very evening.
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Date: 12/29/2015 11:55:00 PM
happy New Years, Andrea.....:), Congratulations on your win. LINDA
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Date: 12/29/2015 11:25:00 AM
I feel so many connections here Andrea. My name is Jean. I feel a maverick. I am separated, as was my own mum and dad. My dad was Manic Depressive, another hereditary condition. My eldest daughter is a redhead, Edna. On questioning her two longest lasting boyfriends, each said her hair was what attracted them first. After all that on your wonderful ode to her.
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Date: 12/28/2015 10:35:00 PM
Andrea, Congratulations in Judy Konos contest... wuv SKAT
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Date: 12/28/2015 6:44:00 PM
Your mom has been through so much glad you were there for her Andrea touching write hope your dad is well also.
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Date: 12/28/2015 2:00:00 PM
What an amazing woman she is Andrea a lovely tributeand congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/1/2014 1:54:00 PM
Ahh!! Great quality poetry!! Way to go with this win..Congrats..Sara
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Date: 6/28/2014 6:42:00 PM
Andrea, I don't get the form, but I did love the story you penned.. Congrats on a great win.. Hugs.. Arlene... My grandmother was "often" a brunette in her seventies.. :-)
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Date: 6/28/2014 1:13:00 AM
Nice going Andrea. One of my favorites. Love, Joyce
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Date: 3/16/2012 8:29:00 PM
Congrats on your win, Andrea! Are you going to read this to your mom at her birthday party? If you are, make sure you have the kleenex ready. It is a wonderful tribute and she sounds like a wonderful lady. Blessings, rhonda
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Date: 3/15/2012 11:32:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Andrea. Love, Carol
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Date: 3/14/2012 6:33:00 AM
Congrats on the win in my contest, Andrea, hun! Goin' to start callin' ya the Sestina Queen! Makes me (awk awk) ALMOST want to try one. Hugs, Cyndi
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Date: 3/13/2012 10:58:00 PM
Good work with the win Andrea,, and best wishes..) Joe )
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Date: 3/13/2012 9:38:00 PM
congrats Andrea on a terrific write and win honoring a great MOM luv..
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Date: 2/20/2012 3:42:00 PM
Nice that your picked your mom. I think I read this one before. Nice to read again. love phyl
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Date: 2/15/2012 2:36:00 PM
Dear Andrea, What a treasured gem this will be as a keepsake for your mother and your family. I am in awe of how well you intergrated your words to fit this difficult to write form. I am awed by your amazing talent. A most beautiful tribute to your mother. I enjoyed reading behind the scenes. Please express my regards for one of her best birthdays ever. Mahalo
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Date: 2/15/2012 11:38:00 AM
Quite a write about quite a lady Andrea,, tell her i wish her all the best,, yours Joe...)
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Date: 2/14/2012 4:24:00 PM
Quite the inside strory Andrea. I think we all feel honored you sharing it. Happy Birthday Jean. Yee Haa!
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Date: 2/14/2012 2:09:00 PM
the explanation is longer than the poem! Ha. CooL Tribute to your Famous Red Haired 79 year old mother! Maverick, I always think of Sarah Palin when I hear that word now! BTW, your mom is WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY more famous or important than ANY "Hollywood Star" could ever be! She MADE YOU!
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Date: 2/14/2012 6:52:00 AM
she must have endured the hardest of trials. but knowing that prayer is the only hope you'll have when you've been given the cards you've been delt, you have to play with what you've been given.
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Date: 2/14/2012 1:45:00 AM
WOW, A fine poem about a fine woman, from a fine daughter, great change in the meter and flow, best of luck..David..Happy Valentines Day..
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Date: 2/13/2012 10:53:00 PM
A fine tribute to your mom who you obviously admire very much. Good job here. God Bless, JB
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Date: 2/13/2012 8:51:00 PM
A great tribute to your mother wonderfully caught with beautiful words and penned this poem. Best wishes for the contest, loved always, bl
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Date: 2/13/2012 5:57:00 PM
I enjoyed it Andrea! Often dark hair appears to be black, though is very dark red, this sometime results in a child having a lighter verson red of the dark red hair of parents. Smile, I know there was not really a doubt. Agape, Moses
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