Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Mother; My Friend

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Alice M. Bourland
Alice Bourland was a beautiful woman with black hair, green eyes, and a genuinely warm smile. She had a generous heart and soul and thousands of school children at North Loop Elementary School and Parkland Elementary School were influenced by her wisdom and her knowledge.
She worked her way through college and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She was a teacher and was the second woman in West Texas to become a principal. Her students and the teachers in her schools loved her.
We, my sister, my brother, and I were so blessed to have her as our mother. She taught us many lessons. Be honest, stand up straight, do it right or don’t do it at all, don’t slam doors, turn off the lights when you leave the room, treat your elders with respect, follow the Golden Rule.
She was a gentle woman with a very quick temper and her feelings were easily hurt. We all knew that if Mama was mad at us, we had better get out of her way until she cooled off.
She was generous with her money, her time, and her love. She and my dad were madly in love for 66 years. She told lots of stories and repeated them often. She was, in every way, the definition of a lady. She went to meet my dad in Heaven on New Year’s Eve in 2008. I miss her every day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us who were blessed with mothers to whom we owe everything.