Here is my mom solving crosswords at her desk. She is 96. She has total paralysis in the left half of her body due to a brain stroke she suffered four years ago and she’s completely dependant, confined in her wheelchair, but his intelligence remains intact. Last Christmas, her present was a kindle. She had been complaining that it was difficult for her to read paper books because with only one hand was almost impossible keep the book open and turn the pages. with the electronic book, she can do it with a single finger. She switched without problems to the digital format and she’s reading mystery novels and other books.
But I admire her because she’s a survivor with a lot of inner strength who never gives up. She survived WWII, a hard Communist Regime, an unjust incarceration, twelve years of forced separation of her husband, exile and now this sickness. And she never have lost her smile. Be optimistic, kind and strong. Never give up. That’s my mom.



  1. quarksire says:

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  2. tam says:

    Bless her! She is so beautiful 💛

  3. graydaysandcoffee says:

    an incredible woman! very inspiring. your love for her is inspiring too

  4. Beautiful! It’s that generation, the greatest generation, that made people like your mom, and mine (who just passed away last month at 98 1/2 years, still sharp and perky). Thank you for your post!

  5. Thank you for writing this and sharing this short, sweet, and touching bit about your mother. I am an avid reader and I take my inspiration for my desire to read from older, wiser men and women who have a lot of time, and who use it wisely to broaden their horizon and their capacity for understanding a world too complex for any one person to fully comprehend. People like your mother are the ones who inspire me just by simple acts of humility (She can’t move from her chair independently, but she will ably use the abilities she has left to make wise, impacting choices; like reading and being kind), and her tenacity to wear a smile despite the hardest of adversities. Blessings to your mom, friend. Thanks for this post.

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  7. leannenz says:

    Your mum is an inspiration and worthy of admiration! Please give hr my best wishes!

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