She was the dearest woman full of love
With a twinkle in her eyes,
Her faith and courage came from God above.
Her demeanor was never a guise.
She led a very difficult life
Often, full of hardship and strife.
A disabled husband and seven children if you please.
And every single one of them full-blooded Portuguese.
Always willing to share whatever she had.
And being able to help someone in need made her glad.
I didn't get to meet her until I married her youngest son.
Out of them all He was the best one.
She treated me like one of her own.
She was indeed, the Mother I had never known.
I thank you, Dear Lord, and as usual am in awe.
That you chose for me such a wonderful Mother-in-law.
I know you took her home with you to dwell.
And left me only with a memory of lovely Estelle.
©Carol G. (Cali) Oliver
April 5, 2008
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