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25 March 2010

I met my mother today "Julie was an excentric, very intelligent, loved good quality ,she had a beautiful leather coat made for her, took months to pay for it. Same with shoes.I think she only had one pair at a time but they were of exceptional design and quality.
She had many "exotic" friends, was a vegetarian and very quick witted.A wicked sense of humour."[More:]

Julie was my mother. She died 34 years ago, but Thursday morning I got an email via Facebook from someone wanting to talk to her. Sadly I told her she was gone. The above is a snippet of my mother's life that I never knew, and would never have known without the internets.

posted by Madamina 25 March | 13:21
What an amazing story. So glad you got that glimpse.
posted by Miko 25 March | 13:46
That must have given you the shivers, goshling. Wow indeded.
posted by rainbaby 25 March | 13:46
Repeating Miko: An amazing story.
posted by Atom Eyes 25 March | 13:48
She sounds my type! Glad for you that you occurred upon this.
posted by Firas 25 March | 14:05
That was nice of you to share, goshling.
posted by Ardiril 25 March | 14:09
Oh honey. *hugs*

I know it was a shock for you but also how lovely to hear these snippets about her.
posted by gomichild 25 March | 14:10
How old were you when she passed away?
posted by amro 25 March | 14:31
Oh, goshling. That glimpse isn't enough, of course, but in this world, we learn to be grateful for whatever blessings we get. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Your mother sounds like a fascinating person, and fun besides!

Take care, goshling.
posted by Elsa 25 March | 15:00
Add another "wow". I do hope she's willing to stay in touch with you so you can learn more about your mom.

Big hugs.
posted by deborah 25 March | 15:24
This is a wonderful story; thank you for sharing.
posted by crush-onastick 25 March | 15:39
That's just fantastic. *hugs goshling*
posted by BoringPostcards 25 March | 15:48
Hugs to you, dear goshie.
posted by Stewriffic 25 March | 17:58
Wow. *hugs*
posted by gaspode 25 March | 18:41
posted by sperose 25 March | 19:11
Awesome. And your mother sounds like a really cool lady.
posted by jabberjaw 25 March | 20:03
That is amazing. I just recently found out I have two older siblings. I don't know who they are but it cool to know they are out there.
posted by arse_hat 25 March | 21:32
That is so beautiful.
posted by rhapsodie 25 March | 22:04
I wonder what happened to that coat.
posted by danf 26 March | 07:16
Thanks to all of you for your kind words.

Amro: I was 4 when my mother died.

danf: Her friends on the commune kept most of her belongings (& mine too from what little I recall - I was especially miffed they kept my bike & wading pool), I expect some lucky hippy about her size got the coat.

I've received a further email from my mother's friend, and she's filled in some more information and a picture is emerging of who my mother was. After all this time I never expected to ever find this much information. In some ways knowing what she was like makes her not being here even harder, but I'm treasuring every little snippet I can get. She also mentioned a little about my father - she doesn't know who he was, but she does recall that sometime after I was born, he tried to form a relationship with my mother but she turned him down.

arse_hat: That's amazing! A friend of mine recently discovered she has 2 younger siblings. They also found each other on Facebook.
posted by goshling 27 March | 07:16
Duck cuteness. || Is this really true? Are some Capitol Hill staffers exempt from the HCR bill?