“The Best Mother in the World”


Mom...YoungThis is my mother…Ethel Simpson Quigley, and I want to wish her Happy Mother’s Day.  I can’t actually do this because she is no longer walking on this earth plane,  but I can do it in my heart.  So I will. Happy Mother’s Day Mom.  I love you, I miss you, and you were the best mother in the world.

My mother would argue this.  She would think that I was “overdoing it a bit”  but I’m not.  For me she was the perfect mother.  She was just what I needed and more.  I would not be half the woman that I am without her love, her support, and her incredible friendship.

I am the youngest of seven children and my relationship with my mother went through a period of great trial in my later teens and early twenty’s. I was a strong willed rebel with lessons to learn and she never, ever stopped being there for me.  Now, being a  mother myself, I look back on those times and wonder how on earth she bore the weight of her worry for me.  But she had a strong faith and we had a bond that weathered every storm.  I am grateful that as the years went by I could be there for her and love her, and truly consider her one of my best and dearest friends.  

My mother saw me through some extremely challenging times.  She was an ear for me even when I know she was exhausted and probably just wanted to sit and watch Jeopardy.  We played countless games of Scrabble and cribbage, saw shows in New York, and visited her home in England.  She held me when I sobbed with worry over my own child and shared her tough common sense advice when I most needed it…even if I didn’t want to hear it.  She was a safety net that never wavered, even when she wasn’t at her strongest.  She was an incredible blessing and I am so very grateful that God saw fit to match us up.

Of course I’m crying as I write this.  Though she took her last breath almost eight years ago there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her…I feel her with me all the time.  I often find myself suddenly saying out loud, “Hi Mom!” and I feel like she can hear me.  I can’t fully let her go and I’m okay with that because I think I will always need her.  The power of who she was continues to fill me and guide me.  

So thank you Mom.  You are still and will forever be, for me, the best mother in the world.  

I’ll see ya on the flip-flop.

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Debbie May 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

My Mom had 7 kids too and we shared puzzles, and games often. I do not know how she did what she did, all I know is I miss her every single day of my life


Maureen Quigley May 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm



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