"Memories of Momma" — A 71 Day Photo Tribute (Day 57)



During the early part of my childhood, my Mom was a hard-working waitress at Quincy's Steakhouse. It was a hard job, and she'd come home exhausted, with her legs ridiculously sore from being on her feet all day. Since my Dad was self-employed as a barber and health insurance was so spendy for our small family, Mom stopped working as a waitress and got a job with full benefits, working in the corporate cafeteria of a large tech company.

When Intergraph decided to downsize by shutting down their cafeteria, Mom was able to get a security guard position at the same company after she was laid off. She'd work a variety of shifts, day or night, and would patrol the sprawling corporate campus, keeping an eye on things and helping staff after hours, etc.

I remember when she first got the job at Intergraph, and she was so proud and excited about the health insurance. It must've been a huge relief for her, considering I desperately needed braces and I was an accident-prone kid. There's one thing that's for sure... Momma did her best to provide for our family. And her hair always looked perfect while she was doing it. :)

*It's Day 57 of my 71 day photo series in honor of my dear sweet Momma who passed away on 03.21.2016 after a harrowing 71 day health battle. Those 71 days do not define her. Oh no. What defines her — and me — are the incredible 66 years that she lived her life. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of the beautiful moments and memories of her life.