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Poems to My Mom

Titia is interested in photography, poetry, family, art, dogs, cats, insects, wildlife, history, war, camping, writing, and the environment.

Mom in her twenties

Mom in her twenties

Her Lifetime Motto Was: "I Want to Be Happy, Even When I'm Sad"

A good motto I think and I've tried to make it my own, which is not always an easy task to accomplish.

Anyway I love to write poems to and about mom, they come straight from my heart. I wrote Happy Birthday poems for my mom, I love you mom poems and many more, they're poems from a daughter to her mom. Her given name is Geertje Meijst, but when she was a little girl, her dad used to call her 'my little mouse' (in Dutch: kleine muis) and that name stayed with her all her life. She changed the writing to Muys, same pronunciation as 'Muis', but it's a bit more distinguished.


Born in nineteenhundredeleven, you can spot her at age ten,
pretty girl with ribbons in her hair, 'little Mouse' she was called then.
A bit older she took up nursing, she was devoted as they say.
Most enjoyed the little babies, cared for people in her own way.


Married to the man she loved, sharing happiness and sorrow,
she was an optimistic woman, always heading for tomorrow.
Raising us through war she did, while my father was send away,
after us three she got a fourth, it died at birth, not meant to stay.
Last month she whispered softly: "I'm so old but still feel this pain"
and even though she did not live, Saskia was this baby's name.


She made tapestries on the wall, created puppets and did paint,
she was a very busy woman, very lovable but sure no saint.
When I worked on the computer, she always watched me, wondering,
if she could learn it at her age, to comprehend this modern thing.

I said "well why don't you try it", so she really started computering
and to my own asthonishment, she didn't need much tutoring.
In a few weeks she will be ninety, writing the tales she told in passed time
and her greatgrandchildren will read about the adventures of a little dime.

August 2001

My Mom Broke Her Neck in 1983. She Recovered Completely

In the Summer of 1983 my mom was driving to our house and got hit by another car and landed in a deep ditch. She wasn't unconscious and knew immediately that there was something wrong with her neck (She had been a nurse for a long time). They brought her to the hospital in Bruges (Belgium) because that hospital had the expertise to deal with this kind of injury. A long story short: she has been in plaster from her lips to her breasts with traction of 7 kilo's on her head to keep her neck in its place for four months. She spends 7 months in total in the hospital and was the second person in the history of that hospital who recovered completely.

Sad thing was that shortly after her recovery, my dad got sick and died in August 1984.

My mom broke her neck in 1983

My mom broke her neck in 1983

Mom's Birtday 2001 - 90 years old

Mom's Birtday 2001 - 90 years old

She Was Ninety and Time Was Too Short

You won't believe it, or maybe you will,
but my mother has mastered computer skill.
She's writing letters and stories so nice
and unexpected, with little advice.

She bought a new one, with Windows XP
and got an account for internet free.
You know she is ninety and keen as hell,
she wants to send emails, that I can tell.

Getting connected is taking some time,
I'm telling you all in this little rhyme.
She called the company, told them the truth,
to get off their butts and lay off the booze.

That she was ninety and time was too short,
for waiting too long, that she got real bored.
That she could be dead tomorrow or ever,
she wanted internet, now or never.

The man, he promised to do what he could,
he would tell his men, yes indeed he would.
So now she sits there, waiting at home,
till she has email and internet to roam.

Opening the Internet World at the Age of 90

At the age of 90 years, my mom attended a computer course for the elderly, passed her exam and bought a computer. She didn't want that area pass her by without her knowing about it. So for her 90th Birthday we bought her a computer desk chair. She emailed me:

It is the truth, the world has opened herself to me
and I can speak
to everybody who has a computer.
It's miraculous.
Born in nineteenhundredeleven,
I have seen the most wonderful things.
Every morning I wake up and I am delighted.
As a new day arrives, I look in the mirror
with my sleepy eyes
and smile.
Yes I have another beautiful day to live.
Thank You dear God, thank You.

Digital Christmas Card by 90 year old Mom

Digital Christmas Card by 90 year old Mom

My Angel Gods

My Angel Gods protects me,
she is always there
when I'm driving my car.

I talk to her, I hear her voice:
"You can't dream now", she said,
"Look over your shoulder"

I am happy she's there,
thank you dear Angel Gods,
you have saved me again.

Table set for one

Table set for one

A table set for one,

that's loneliness in full,

but with a walkman

on my head,

I suddenly don't feel that bad.

The Miracle of Life

Every day I think about the mystery of life.
I see my Dad, I see my Mom, on pictures near my bed.
My friends are falling like the trees,
I lose them one by one.

The undertaker I know well, I see him every time,
when I attend the funerals of friends I mentioned in this rhyme.
I say: "Hello, I'm here again", he says: "You should be glad",
but the only things that will be left, are the pictures near my bed.

Then there are the memories of two I hold so dear,
the man who loved me all his life and the little girl I've lost.
My heart is fluttering all around when I think of those two.

The mystery of life I guess, will always play its peek-a-booh.

It's Time to Let You Know I Love You Mom


My Mom Bought a New Car in 2002 - at the Age of 91

Mom's new car

Mom's new car

She Drove Her Own Car Until She Was 95

My mom was always the one who drove the car. My father got his license, but he didn't like driving and honestly, he was actually a red peril on the road. For many years they've spend their holidays in the South of France, first camping in a tent, later on they bought a caravan. My dad died in 1984 and I think my mom was in her late 80s, when she made a last trip to that camping place all by herself. I told her to take it easy and stay overnight somewhere, but I could have talked to a wall, because she phoned me that same night around midnight that she had arrived and already ate her diner. Years later she told us that she had gotten lost in the mountains in the dark and that she had been scared to death at that moment.

My Mommy Muys at the Age of 94

Mom at the age of 94

Mom at the age of 94

My mom is not an old lady,
she is as busy as a bee,
driving her car to visit her friends,
playing bridge and drinking tea.

My mom is not an old lady,
she keeps her mind up to date,
reading books and watching TV,
staying up sometimes too late.

My mom is not an old lady,
she started to explore the PC,
she is roaming through the Internet,
and mailing her stories to me.

My mom is not an old lady,
she loves to go out to dine,
but as she has to drive herself,
she won't drink too much wine.

My mom is not an old lady,
not always easy, yet very dear,
she has a great sense of humor
and will be ninety four this year.

Mom's 95th Birthday

Mom's 95th Birthday

Happy Birthday Mom, You're 95 Now - Throwing a Little Birthday Party

Mom's 95th Birthday

Mom's 95th Birthday

Marie Cecile Moerdijk - My Mom's Dear Friend

Marie Cecile Moerdijk is a Dutch Folksinger. Back in the 1950s Marie Cecile lived with her husband in the street next to our street in the city Eindhoven in Holland and they became friends with my parents. Marie Cecile and my mom has been friends ever since.

Her songs were mostly in Dutch, but I found this beautiful performance of the New World Theme: Going Home by Marie-Cécile Moerdijk.

Marie-Cecile Moerdijk, a famous Dutch folksinger and dear friend of my Mom

Marie-Cecile Moerdijk, a famous Dutch folksinger and dear friend of my Mom

Mom Traded Her Car in for an Invalid Electric Scooter

In December 2006, just before Christmas, when my mom was 95, she fell in her room and injured a dorsal vertebra, got operated and recovered, but that was the moment she decided to stop driving her own car and switch to an invalid scooter. For many years after she regretted that decision, but I think it was just the right moment.

Mom on her invalid scooter

Mom on her invalid scooter

She Danced Through Life

She danced through life, my Mom of ninety five,
although the music changed from time to time.
She never stopped to be a caring Mom and wife,
dark moments made her write her words in rhyme.

She is very much alive, my Mom of ninety five,
gave birth to four but only could raise three,
unbearable for a Mom, as well as for a wife,
the last one was stillborn, her life not meant to be.

She made us all survive, my Mom of ninety five,
though War time, was dancing on a different tune.
Cared for a Jewish girl, my dad submerged to save his life,
death marches played too often, in tearful light of moon.

My Mom of ninety five brought happiness to lives,
although her steps of dance are slowing down a bit.
Her memory will last when her final dance arrives,
I hope that I've inherited, her humor and her wit.

Taking a trip to France with my mom

Taking a trip to France with my mom

France Is Only 1,5 Hour Drive from Where We Live

From where my mom lives, it's only 1,5 hour by car to cross Belgium and reach the French border. We often took our trips there because it's a beautiful scenery and lovely small villages. If the weather was nice, we sat on the terrace and watch the people go by, while drinking coffee and hot chocolate with cream (of course!).

We only took the small country roads, using the map of my navigator as guidance, because then we didn't have to speed up so much and we could enjoy the country side.

Taking a trip through Belgium

Taking a trip through Belgium

The Sun Was a Bit Too Bright at Lunch

My mom at the age of 98

My mom at the age of 98

I Love You Dear Mom - 98th Birthday

How long will it take to write you a rhyme,
in which I'm saying "I love you, dear Mom".
If I should wait, I could run out of time,
surprised by the moment when Death will come.

Don't know if I've told you those words enough,
how long will it take to write you a rhyme.
I could take my chance in calling Death bluff,
if I should wait, I could run out of time.

Will you be thrilled by a letter from me,
in which I'm saying "I love you, dear Mom"?
I'll write it right now, then I'll never be,
surprised by the moment when Death will come.

Written in RenRhyme

Getting Old Is Not the Problem, Being Old Sometimes Needs a Bit of Adjustment

Sometimes it's good to read the books about getting old, because we're all getting old whether we want to or not. Aging is a process none of us can stop or control. Ever so often our mind is not in compliance with our physical age. Although I know people with whom it's the other way around.

My mom has always been young in spirit. She took great interest in what was going on in the world, she read books on the discovery of the universe and she was a great nature lover up till the end that she was physical not able anymore to drive her invalid scooter.

Nines Curtal Sonnet - a Curtal Sonnet with a Little Twist

My Mom almost 99 years old

My Mom almost 99 years old

She's my Mom, not perfect Angel like,
but with humor far beyond my laughs.
Comforting when fallen from my bike,
showed that one, could also be two halves.

Ninety nine, still drives her scootmobile,
gestures show we sometimes are alike.
Her mind? Slipping bits of memory.

Silent wish with every falling star,
when time's there, her humor stays with me.

More about the Curtal Sonnet

Happy Birthday Mom, You're 99 Now

My Mom's 99th birthday

My Mom's 99th birthday

A Special Birthday Celebration

Due to severe illness of both my brothers in law, my sisters hadn't seen my mom in a long time. My mom's health was not in a state that I could take her on a long trip in my van and stay in a hotel.

Then I heard from a friend about a special ambulance service, set up by a male ambulance nurse to help old and/or terminal ill people to fulfill a last wish. It's called Ambulance Wish.

I contacted them and told them about my mom's wish to celebrate her 99th birthday with all her kids and family near where my sisters live, so they could come too. I wasn't sure if she would qualify, because she was old, but not terminal ill, but they accepted her wish. They have this special equipped ambulance and there are always two trained volunteers and they do this all for free. They depend on the donations and gifts they get. I have lots of respect for these people.

I arranged a lunch in a restaurant 3 hours drive from my mom's home and close to both my sisters' homes. It was situated in the woods, it had an old fashioned children's playground and a mini zoo (fun for the little ones). They had to drive two hours to get to my mom's house and they picked her up at about 10.00am and our eldest daughter Iske May was accompanying my mom. Then they drove for three hours to the restaurant, they stayed all day with us and in the late afternoon they brought my mom home again and then had to drive two hours back to their own homes.

Dorsal Vertebra

In October 2010 my mom fell again and injured another dorsal vertebra and got operated again. It took a bit longer to recover this time.

Her Body Aging, Her Spirit Young

She never lost her humor

She never lost her humor

My Mom and Our Two Girls

Mom and her grand daughters Iske May and Lynn Karijn

Mom and her grand daughters Iske May and Lynn Karijn

My Mom Getting an Interview in 2011

Interview with my mom

Interview with my mom

Getting Her Life Story in a Book

It appears that there are more people of 100+ living in our province then in any other province in The Netherlands and a journalist came up with the idea of making a book about that. So they're going to interview all who are still sound in mind, to write their stories down and put them all together. Don't know if she will live long enough to see the actual book, but at least she will keep living through the book.

I don't think she will be driving her invalid scooter this summer anymore, because walking around is getting harder and harder. Her world is getting smaller and smaller, but she still enjoys life. I truly hope she will be there on August 24, to reach her milestone of 100 years, a whole century in which she participated in her own way. If she does we'll have a party.

Her physical abilities are decreasing, she has arthritis in her hands. That's why she's wearing gloves and that's why she can't work on the computer anymore. She used to get cortisone injections every six months.

Update on my Mom

My mom is in the hospital

May 7, 2011

My mom is still in the hospital, but a good thing is that she doesn't need another operation. They will get her an overall check up and most likely she's allowed to go home again in the next week.

July 1, 2011

My mom got all depressed in the hospital, due to having to do nothing else but sitting in a chair all day. She couldn't look out the window, she couldn't watch the telly (the other patients didn't want it on) and so the idea popped into her head that getting 100 years old wasn't as enjoyable as she thought. I took her home to be in her own enviremont again, but the idea stayed. She has lost her fighting spirit, she hardly eats her meals and she just wants it to be over and done with. I can understand why she's feeling this way. She always loved her independence and she lost that too when walking around got too risky. She's confined to her bed and she doesn't like it.

August 11, 2011

My Mom is doing well according to the circumstances. She doesn't eat very much anymore and she can't walk by herself, but she's still there and it seems she's going to reach her birthday after all.

Your New Great Grandson

Named After Dad: Synco Schram De Jong

Your new great grandson Synco was born on June 3, 2011 and came to visit you when he was six weeks old, only to fall asleep on your chest.

He was named after the love of your life, my dad and as his mother had taken on our last name many years ago, we now have another Synco Schram de Jong in the family. Let's hope he'll inherit the artistic skills of his great granddad.

The Newspaper Photographer

The photographer came to take your picture for the newspaper, a journalist came to write a little story. The mayor came to congratulate you. You got a letter from the Dutch Queen, from the government who pays your pension (who also send you flowers), from the commissioner of the Province. People of your church came to visit and other friends you've known. You got a load of Birthday cards from all over the world and so many flowers that we had to take some home with us.

August 24, 2011, moms picture in the newspaper

August 24, 2011, moms picture in the newspaper

moms 100th birthday decoration

moms 100th birthday decoration

A Colorful Decoration 4 X 5 X 5 = 100

I was afraid that if I wrote you a poem before you actually turned 100 years old, you wouldn't make it, so I waited. But you made it!!! so now it was time for me to write you a birthday poem and you know what? Each time I started, the words didn't come and I got easily distracted by other things. Why? I don't know. Maybe I'm still a bit afraid, who knows.

Today you are a celebrity,

you lived a whole darn century,

this is the privilege of few.

100 years old

100 years old

"Nobody Lives Forever" You Said

You made it Mommy Muys, it's been a century today,
one hundred years have passed, you lived them your own way.
Taking care of other people, was written in your heart.
It was your natural
gesture, never expected a reward.

You loved the beauty of nature, always counting the colors green,
that she provided on our trips, most colors green I've ever seen.
Your world has become quite small, you can't walk by yourself anymore.
Your quality of life has lost its glare, can't do the things you so adore.

For me, you said, it's been enough, I've lived my life of love,
this small world doesn't suit me well, you told your God above.
Let's hope he'll answer your prayers, by giving you permission one day,
to climb the lightened stairs to Heaven and welcome you to stay.

Cityhall Said: Mom Needed a New Id Card

Januari 26, 2012

Last week she got a letter from the Town hall that she needed a new ID card. I took the phone and asked the lady if that was really necessary, because my mom was over 100 years and going nowhere anymore, but she said it had to be done and that she was coming over, because she needed a digital finger print. Well we made an appointment, because I had to be there too to open the door. The lady came and after testing all of my Mom's fingers, she still got no print at all.

On that my Mom commented:

'Well dear lady, what did you expect from 100 year old fingers? I used them a lot and now, after so many years, they're smooth like an ale's skin'.

I almost fell of my chair from laughing and the result was that my mom now has a new ID card without a finger print.

Your Own Book

I finally finished the book 100 jaar Muys (100 year Muys) as a remembrance of my Mom's 100th Birthday on August 24, 2011. I scanned the old photo albums and all the cards she got. Put in the poems I wrote to her in past years. Muys is pronounced the same as muis, which means mouse in English. Her father called her 'my little mouse' when she was a tiny, little girl.

100 jaar muys

100 jaar muys

She Did It Again

Well, she did it again, today August 24, 2012, my Mom is 101 years old. I can hardly imagine it is really happening.

Today at 10.30am local time, the mayor of Sluis will visit my mom to congratulate her. It's a custom in this part of my country (and probably in the small villages in other parts too) that the mayor will visit inhabitants who reach the age of 100 and older. So I have to dress up and be there to let him in and give him some coffee and a piece of cake.

Tomorrow, on Saturday, some family members will come over for a small family reunion celebration.

My mom 101 years old

My mom 101 years old

Hurray, We Have Another Birthday to Celebrate

Dear Mom,

I've written so many poems for you
and you make me write some more.
I'm grateful that you're still around
as I wrote once before.

You're still enjoying life you say,
though sometimes you are not.
You grieve that young ones die too soon,
not given all the time you've got.

Today I'll kiss you're bony cheeks
and tell you that I love you.
You'll dig up stories of your past
and tell me that you love me too.

So many of your friends have died,
it's lonely at the top you say,
so I'll make sure my sweet old mom,
that you won't be lonely at all today.

Happy Birthday My Dear Mommy Muys

A Selfie with Granddaughter Lynn Karijn

Mom and Lynn Karijn, October 3, 2012

Mom and Lynn Karijn, October 3, 2012

The 100+ Year Old People Book Is Finished - It Will Be Presented on November 3, 2012 and My Mom Is in It.



Clever Word Play

I wrote above about the interview my mom had for the book containing the stories of a number of people in the Province Zeeland, who have reached the age of 100+ years.

Well, it's finished and it will be presented on November 3, 2012. It's not possible anymore to get my mom over there, so I will go to get the copy of the book on her behalf.

The picture shows the invitation. The title of the book is not really translatable; it's a Dutch wordplay and a very suitable one. I can try to explain.

Zeeuw = how we call the people who live in the Province Zeeland

eeuw = the Dutch word for century

eeuwling = how we call people who are 100 years old

Zeeuwlingen = people who are 100+ years old and live in the province Zeeland

That's all. A clever word play indeed.

The Most Amazing Comment on This Tribute to My Mom

A Voice That Roused up Memories from Almost 70 Years Ago

I got this comment on this article:

Mirjam Allouch-Spalter Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:33 am

I can't believe what I just read!!!!! The story of Tante Muis! I am Mirjam, daughter of Lotte en Georges who stayed with them during WW2 It is a long story to tell how I got to this, but I will another time. Titia, I am moved to tears, Is your mom, Tante Muis still with us? I am living in Israel, not far from Irma, some years ago your mom visited us here. Love to you all and especially to Tante Muys

My Mom sheltered a Jewish couple in her house between 1940 and 1945, they survived, kept in touch till they passed away and now their daughter Mirjam, has found this article on the internet. How small the world has become. I'm thrilled and thankful.

Note: a few months ago I got this phone call from a journalist, asking photos and the story about my mom and dad hiding Jewish people in their home during WW2. I gave him all the information I had and he got information from Mirjam Allouch-Spalter too and the result was a beautiful article on a webpage called "Stolpersteine".

Stolpersteine are special stones they embed in the sidewalks before a house in the big cities where once Jews found a hiding place. This Journalist is collecting all the stories from the people who lived in the city of Dordrecht. This is his website Stolpersteine Dordrecht It's in Dutch, but maybe you can use the Google translation.

Update February 18, 2013. The Beginning of the End?

Today you said a lot of things,
but they only made sense
to you.
Thoughts of the past
were playing
hide and seek
and you couldn't understand
that I didn't understand
the stories you told.
Then you said:
"I sure hope she's coming
back tomorrow".
I asked: "Who mom?"
"The Fairy" you said.
"I hope she does too" I said
and I wondered if today was
just a glitch, or
the beginning of the end.

Update February 25, 2013

It seemed to have been just a day off. Everyone has days off, but my mom's mind travelled far that day into a past I have no memories of. She's doing alright again, though she doesn't enjoy life the way she did when she didn't have to be so depending on other people day and night. I can fully understand that.

She had another day like that and it was just heart breaking to watch. Seems it all had to do with the fact that drinking not enough can cause hallucinations. The nurses will see to it that she will not get dehydrated again.

Update March 20, 2013

We just moved mom to the living room so she has a lot more window to look outside. There's a big tree at the right and she can watch it getting greener and greener when towards the summer the birds will sit in it and sing their song.


April 21, 2013 The End

Today, April 21, 2013 my sweet mommy Muys passed away. I'm happy for her, because she didn't want to live any longer anymore. I'm happy that she hasn't suffered, I'm happy that she got the best care she could get. I'm happy that she finally could move over to the other side she so believed in.

Farewell sweet mom of mine,
farewell, farewell.
I'm glad you've found your heaven
and finally found your peace.
You didn't want it anymore,
living amongst the living,
I've lived too long you said.
Today you may rest,
lay down your head and heart.
Slow down the rhythm of life's song
until silence speaks.
Farewell sweet mom of mine.


May your soul rest in peace.

Update Oktober 16, 2013

I just had to come in here to see my mom again and read what I had written all those years. Digging up some memories with a smile on my face. My own quiet corner so to speak. Knowing it's alright.

Update January 6, 2014

First Christmas and New Year without my mom and while I was making her special Rosette Cookies I thought of her and it was good.

Poems to my Mom

Poems to my Mom

Update April 21, 2014 - One Year of Memories

One Day I'll Be Ready

It's been a year since you left us,
but you are still with me.
Just because....-
I haven't found the right place yet,
to put you to eternal rest.

You're standing in your little corner,
watching our ups and downs,
our laughter and still moments.
You're part of us and will ever be.

One day I'll be ready,
to set you free.


Update August 24 2017

Just wishing you a happy Birthday
a kiss, a hug, two arms around.
I hope it's peaceful in -
whatever place your spirit found.

© 2011 Titia Geertman

I Loved My Mom and Memories Are Precious. I'm Lucky to Have Beautiful Memories.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 14, 2017:

Titia, beautiful poems to your mother. She was a very beautiful woman, I am sorry for you loss.

Blessings always

Elisabeth Meier on May 09, 2017:

Wow. Thanks for sharing.

Fay Favored from USA on February 11, 2017:

She was still beautiful. What a lovely lady and tribute to her.

Sunkesner from Philippines on December 29, 2015:

Wow! Just wow! What a hub. :)

Elisabeth Ellis from Nashville, TN. on October 23, 2014:

What a sweet tribute. I can't believe she broke her neck and recovered. What a strong woman.

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on September 17, 2014:

What an inspirational and absolutely STUNNING tribute to your mother! Be very proud of this gorgeous page. Surely your mom is. KUDOS!

Paul from Liverpool, England on September 17, 2014:

Revisiting with pleasure

williamslaw on May 06, 2014:

What an amazing woman your mother was. God bless her and God bless all her children.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on February 07, 2014:

This was such a heartfelt story about an amazing woman. Reading it made me smile and I hung onto every single word you've written. Your poems about your mother was absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

k4shmir on July 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing .. I enjoyed every little story ..

joseph-sottile-16 on June 28, 2013:

We can see your limitless love for your mom in these poems.

Poet Joe

poppy mercer from London on May 12, 2013:

With my mum in her final phase to another life, I found your account deeply moving. I don't have the relationship that you had, but still feel the mystery and momentousness as I watch a life change into it's final phases. Your words, poems and care track it so beautifully. Thank you for doing what I can't for my Mum.

poutine on May 12, 2013:

Wonderful tribute to your mom.

I only had the pleasure of my mom for 86 years and cherished every moment I was with her.

erbeaz on May 12, 2013:

What a blessing for you to have your mother for so long and to share her with us! Thanks.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 23, 2013:

@anonymous: I also lost my mom in January. Sigh, I had hoped that she would live to 95 or 100 like your mother. It was not to be.

You are right, that they reach a point when they don't wish to struggle and go on anymore.

gottaloveit2 on April 23, 2013:

Titia: I read every single word of your beautiful article with tears in my eyes. My own cherished Mom died last year at 96 years of age. All that you documented happened for us also. What a lovely woman your mom was and what an amazing daughter you are. I wish you peace, dear. Lori

anonymous on April 23, 2013:

Titia, I know something about trying not to be upset at the passing of a Mother - it was well past my Mum's time when she passed in January but much as you tell yourself it was for the best, the emotions are so complicated. I busied myself with arranging Mum's funeral but it was only after it was over that the missing her and the grieving really began.

Take time for yourself Titia and know that my thoughts are with you and your family. Sending you virtual hugs.

flycatcherrr on April 22, 2013:

Titia, it has been a privilege to get to know your mother a little bit through your writing, and I know all those wonderful memories give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. May we all have such grace when our own time comes... My deep condolences to you on your Mom's passing.

Kapalbility on April 22, 2013:

I saw the update in the unofficial forum. I just prayed for her soul. She was an amazing woman.

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on April 21, 2013:

Simply wonderful lens and my thoughts and prayers are with you today. May her soul Rest in Peace

Katherine Tyrrell from London on April 21, 2013:

This is one of the most wonderful lenses I've ever read on Squidoo. I'm so glad to have got to know your Mum through it but sad that it took her passing for this to happen. So wonderful to have all these memories of her in your Memory Book and this lens.

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on March 25, 2013:

Totally beautiful lens.

kimadagem on March 23, 2013:

Titia this is just amazing - such beautiful poetry and your love for your Mom shines through it all. Thank you for sharing it with us.

cmadden on February 28, 2013:

Wonderful, loving tribute!

eccles1 on February 27, 2013:

How very nice!!

anonymous on February 27, 2013:

Very beautiful.

Giovanna from UK on February 26, 2013:

Wow what an amazing lens. The love shines though loud and clear. What a wonderful relationship. My mother in law is 85 and is doing very well, but she doesn't have the same attitude to life as your mum, driving at 90 and learning how to use the internet. That's cool. I'm going to show your lens to my mom tomorrow and hope she get's some inspiration from it. Thanks so much.

getmoreinfo on February 25, 2013:

This is a wonderful tribute to your mom, you have such wonderful memories to share. Such a touching story, I love all the photos and reading about her life.

amandascloset0 on February 23, 2013:

This is most likely the best and most moving lens I've every read on Squidoo. I love it!! I love the story, I love your devotion and obvious love and respect for your mother. I love the piece about mirjam. You did a beautiful job!

TedWritesStuff on January 30, 2013:

It is so nice to read about the relationship you have with your mum. Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

BlogAustralia on January 29, 2013:

I love your story!! Greetings to mommy :)

You are the happiest children in the world, having your mom the whole lifetime with you <3

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 24, 2013:

I think you know how very much I love your mom's story. Each time I visit it is as though I find new information. It is nice to see your updates. This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Her granddaughter certainly has he features as well. They are like two peas in a pod.

jolou on January 19, 2013:

What a beautiful, inspiring lens! I loved reading this.

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on January 19, 2013:

Your mom is such an inspirational women and so fortunate to have such a great daughter and family! Your poems are so beautiful and I enjoyed them immensely. Blessed!

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on January 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Hello Mirjam, what a big surprise to hear from you. Though we never met, I do remember your mom and dad very well. Oh how very special it is to see this comment from you. If you click my picture it will lead you to my main page and then you can contact me through the contact button. I was with my mom when I saw your message on the computer. So I told her about your message. Sometimes her memory is not what it was before, but she remembered your mom and dad and you too. Please contact me, so we can talk through email.

anonymous on January 18, 2013:

Mirjam Allouch-Spalter Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:33 am | delete

I can't believe what I just read!!!!! The story of Tante Muis! I am Mirjam, daughter of Lotte en Georges who stayed with them during WW11. It is a long story to tell how I got to this, but i will another time.Titia, I am moved to tears, Is your mom, tant Muis still with us? I am living in israel, not far from Irma, some years ago your mom visited us here.Love to you all and specially to Tante Muys

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

Oh thank you for such a joyous Lens. Do envy you as my mother paased away 26th August 2012, she just turned 53 on the 14th of August. I love her still and no she is with me. Moms are the most precious flowers in life. Much love and I am so very happy she's made that wonderful mark. She has to be a remarkable women to live so long. God bless you all and I hope she lives for some more wonderful years.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

This lens is amazing and so moving. And the fingerprint story made me laugh out loud for a long time :))

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

Congratulations and best wishes... thank you for sharing your wonderful and endearing story about you and your mother.. you are both blessed to have each other... my own mother just passed away on Oct 26, 2012 and I really enjoyed and found comfort in your stories and poems.....

Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on September 02, 2012:

Congratulations!! to your mom, a wonderful person!! All your poems are so very endearing and from your heart. Each word reflects the true love you have for your mom. You have a wonderful mother and your mother is gifted too, to have an awesome daughter like you. ENjoyed reading all your poems. Awesome!!

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 28, 2012:

Congrats and Happy Birthday, Mom! Beautiful lens, Titia.

Magda2012 on August 28, 2012:

Please send my best wishes to your mom. Happy 101 Birthday! Your mom looks very charming and you are really a good daughter.

Rosaquid on August 27, 2012:


Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 27, 2012:

I think I have just fallen in Love with your mom too, your words show what a special relationship you have, beautiful words, and how wonderfully blessed you shared your Mom with us....ps whats her secret, cant wait to read her lens about it...:)

flycatcherrr on August 24, 2012:

Happy birthday to you, Muys, and congratulations. Best wishes coming to you from Canada for continued good health. Titia, you are blessed to have such a remarkable woman for your mother. Thank you for sharing her with us!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 24, 2012:

Please tell your mom Happy 101 birthday from me. What a milestone.

Ardyn25 on August 24, 2012:

Your mother is a remarkable woman and has a daughter who loves her very much. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to her. My grandmother turned 101 last May, and she is as sharp as ever. What these women have seen in 100 years needs to be recorded. It was an honor to read your lens.

getmoreinfo on August 23, 2012:

Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who has achieved what many will never experience, reaching the age of 101 is a rare milestone and a treasured one. Thanks for sharing this special time with us.

Adam Turner on August 23, 2012:

Happy birthday to your Mom! You're a happy woman in the world :)

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on August 23, 2012:

Beautiful tribute. Happy Birthday to your mom!

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on August 23, 2012:

What an amazing tribute to an amazing woman, your mother. You have brought tears to my eyes, but they are tears of happiness and joy.

anonymous on August 23, 2012:

Congratulations on your 101 Birthday ! You remind me a little of my mother. She will celebrate her 95th on August 24. Wishing you a very special day and many more. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady

CozyKitty on August 23, 2012:

This lens is such a treasure, Titia. Best wishes to your Mom for a Happy Birthday this year, too! I'm glad she has so much love & support from the family, and am sure she appreciates it. She sounds like such a ray of sunshine! :)

Kapalbility on August 23, 2012:

I wish your mom more years, and hopefully a Guinness world record! Say Happy Birthday for me, will you? Tell her I admire her and I wish to live really long like that (I keep telling my girlfriend we will live up to 120). The poem is beautiful as beautiful as you mah-mah. Blessings!

hamshi5433 on August 23, 2012:

So happy for you and your mama. May the lord bless her even more and keep her smiling forever. Wishing Happy Birthday to her from the bottom of my heart and may she have many more! I loved every line you wrote for her. Your mom looks beautiful as ever :)

alina nicoleta92 on June 24, 2012:

Wow, this lens of yours really made me to think more about my mom and appreciate her mother. All my blessings*:*::*

Spiderlily321 on May 13, 2012:

Happy Mother's day Titia! This is a very sweet lens. I love it! Thank you for sharing. I added you to my featured lens list on my own Mom lens.

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on May 13, 2012:

@Lady Lorelei: How very sweet of you Ladymermaid. I visited my mom and I took another elderly lady (who had lost her husband some 8 months ago) on a trip in my big van through the small country roads in Belgium and afterwards I showed her my little lambs. It was a fun afternoon.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 13, 2012:

A very happy Mother's Day to you Titia. You work so hard in your life it is easy to see by the content of your lenses. I hope you are doing something that you love today.

anonymous on May 08, 2012:

That is such a sweet and beautiful tribute to your mom. I love the photo with her newborn great grandson

Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on May 02, 2012:

Congratulations! What a beautiful story and life you have ~ and inspiration to others all around the world! Keep living and inspiring others in your grand, sweet way! I love your story, and the lens your daughter made is beautiful! Congratulations on all the awards and recognition! B : )

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on May 01, 2012:

Beautiful lens, very touching.

Spency12 on May 01, 2012:

What an amazing story, you have inspired me to find my own original way to show my mom how much I love her.

teristazko on May 01, 2012:

Wow, what an amazing story. This is beautiful tribute to your sweet mom. Thank you for sharing her story.

publicdomain lm on May 01, 2012:

Wow. A lovely tribute to a lovely lady.

Country Sunshine from Texas on May 01, 2012:

Such a beautiful tribute to your mom! I am touched by your love for her!

Lynda Makara from California on May 01, 2012:

What a labor of love. So touching! Congratulations to your mom for making it to 100!

lilymom24 on April 30, 2012:

This is such a beautiful lens and the poems are so lovely. =)

darciefrench lm on April 30, 2012:

How truly lovely, I really enjoyed meeting this wonderful woman, many thanks

Rose Jones on April 25, 2012:

Such a lovely lens - couldn't help but bless it too! Pinned to my board: Being a Mom.

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

I am crying, this is just so beautiful I am sob happy for you that your mother is such a young lady at heart. So happy and oh, she was a looker, And thank you so very much for sharing this great Lens.

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

Beautiful - thank you so much for sharing!

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on March 31, 2012:

Beautiful tribute. Your Mom must be smiling about it.

julieannbrady on March 30, 2012:

Oh my what a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to you mom! My mom has a ways to go to get to 100. The women in our family never get too far past 80.

goo2eyes lm on March 26, 2012:

alles gute zum geburtstag as we say it here in austria. many happy returns of the day. i wish my mom and dad are still around so that i can enjoy talking to them at skype. they lived in alberta, canada. this lens deserves the honor of being the LoD and winning the purple star plus my angelblessings.

JoyfulReviewer on March 20, 2012:

What a wonderful tribute of your mom ... and an amazing milestone! Love her quit-witted comment about her fingerprints.

Tjoedhilde on January 26, 2012:

What a beautiful tribute Titia! Your love for your mom shines through every line of this article and your mother sounds like an absolutely wonderful and warm person. All the best to both of you! :)

anonymous on January 23, 2012:

I wish my mother would have lived to be 100 too but unfortunately she only made it to 68. What an amazing lens and a tribute that says even more about you than your mother. She must be proud to have such a devoted daughter like you!

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on December 29, 2011:

This is such a cool lens. My Mom would be 90 if she were still alive today but she passed away several years ago. My mother was from Belgium and I have been there several times. She was from the French side and spoke Walloon. My mother and father met during World War II. My Father was a soldier and his unit liberated her hometown. Their story could be a movie and I plan to tell it someday, probably will put it on Squidoo. I have their photo album from Belgium. My father, if alive, would almost be 100 but he smoked and it ended up killing him. Anyway, I have really enjoyed this, it made me miss my mother but I know she is in heaven so I will see her again. Squid Angel blessed!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on December 23, 2011:

Your mum looks like such a sweetheart. This is a beautiful tribute to the lovely lady. Well deserved purple star recipient and LotD. Blessed by this angel.

Oracle Post on December 22, 2011:

A very touching lens, I am pretty sure your mom will be proud of your writing and willingness to share your love with the world.

SecondHandJoe LM on December 11, 2011:

"If it's not one thing. . .it's your mother". Really nice lens- thanks for the Giant Squid like! I'll be back again and again! Merry Christmas!

fullofshoes on December 05, 2011:

what a fabulous lens and amazing tribute to your Mom. Really nice.

norma-holt on November 21, 2011:

you are a wonderful gifted poet and it is no surprise that your mum has survived to this grand age with you as a daughter. Congrats on LOTD and now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs

Fay Favored from USA on November 14, 2011:

Happy Birthday belated to your mom. What a lovely tribute.

spartakct on November 04, 2011:

Nice read!

EMangl on October 14, 2011:

what a lady, what a fine read!

Christine Larsen from South Australia on September 11, 2011:

Seriously beautiful tribute, Titia. Well done - how incredibly lovely that you have shared so much of each other's lives. Some of us are just SO lucky.


patinkc from Midwest on August 25, 2011:

Happy Birthday, Geertje! This is a wonderful lens.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 25, 2011:

I'm back to wish your mother Happy 100th Birthday! What a truly remarkable woman (and her daughter is pretty special too). I love the tributes you've posted here, Titia. Well done!

jseven lm on August 25, 2011:

Your story and tribute is beautiful. I love the poems and pictures. Moms are so special and I relate as I was my mom's caretaker for the last year and a half, while I lived with her. Very touching and I pray the good Lord blesses your mom real good!

oktalBlizzard on August 24, 2011:

This was an amazing lens.

Your mom is a great person.

Patricia on August 24, 2011:

What am amazing mother you have! Wonderful poems you have written! Blessed by the poetry angel!

gypsyman27 lm on August 23, 2011:

Congratulations to your mother for achieving the age of 100, she must be remarkable. This is a wonderful tribute to her. I wish her another century and good health. I hope that you have good health and happiness as well. See you around the galaxy...

sousababy on August 23, 2011:

Happy Birthday to a wonderful mother. I wish I was close to my mother, but I try to be the kind of mother I wish I had instead - and I draw inspiration and guidance from mothers like you. Thank you for sharing the memories with all of us. P.S. I'm not surprised your mother was a nurse. Much love always to you and yours, Rose

anonymous on August 23, 2011:

I read and liked this lens some time ago, and I marked the date to come back and wish your lovely mom the happiest birthday anyone ever had, and I hope you bought her the biggest, prettiest bouquet the florist could make. Best wishes to both of you tomorrow, and to Muys: So many people are happy that you're celebrating your 100th birthday tomorrow, and I hope you've succeeded in being happy even when you're sad. Much love to mother and daughter!

MyFairLadyah2 on August 23, 2011:

Lovely lens; lovely poems :)

AlleyCatLane on August 23, 2011:

Your lens moved me to tears! Happy Birthday to your mom, and God Bless you, her beautiful daughter.

GrowWear on August 23, 2011:

What a beautiful lady. Happy 100th birthday to your mom!

Paul from Liverpool, England on August 23, 2011:

Wishing your mother a very happy birthday.

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