PRECIOUS TREASURE: Thoughts on Mother’s Day.
My Mom, Alma, is and always has been extraordinary, even though she doesn’t think of herself that way. In fact, she’d be mortified if she knew I was writing this. She doesn’t like to call attention to herself. Although she went to law school when there were no other females in the class, was a handbag buyer in my father’s business as well as being a great homemaker and traveled all over the world to exotic places like China, India, Russia, and Europe, she thinks of herself as just a normal human without realizing she and the people in her family were enormously inspiring…
Her mother, Edith, was one of 8 children in the Firestone Family. Her grandfather Henry Firestone was from Hungary and was a philanthropist/ businessman who brought over many Hungarian families to the US. He gave them a place to live, jobs and helped them get their feet on the ground. The Firestones owned property in a small town in western Pennsylvania where they had a grocery store, a meat market, a natatorium and several farms. They were a happy cultured family that loved cooking, big gatherings, and music… They even had a family orchestra!
Alma's father, Abraham Marcus Simon was one of 6 of the Simon Family. Abe’s father was a jeweler who died in San Francisco when Abe was 13. So as a young boy Abe had to take care of his mother, sisters and brothers. Abe became a prominent attorney who is still studied in Pennsylvania law books. His sister, my great Aunt Sophie was a passionate journalist and poet. She was an advocate for social reform and through her writings became the founder and president of the Child Welfare Committee of America. One of my favorite things to do in New York is to visit the Sophie Irene Loeb Statue, located in Central Park at 76th and Fifth Ave. It has some of her quotations on it as well as Alice in Wonderland characters. Sophie was quite the character herself- she was friends with Mayor Fiorello and was a pallbearer at Houdini’s funeral. Abe’s brother, Dave and sister Jenny, were interested in show business and each of their children became Academy Award nominees for Best Supporting Actress of 1944 and Best Picture of 1950.
I think of this incredible ancestry and it really inspires me. It is truly my backbone and my source of strength in all things. It is who I am and what I lean on. I’ve inherited so much from Alma and her family. This is what I think about when I am in trouble or need help...
I always thank my Mom because she taught me everything that is important: honesty, integrity, work ethic, fairness, fun, passion, love, and ALL the things that really matter to me as a human being.
My heart goes out to those who have lost their mothers. I can feel the pain of that as well as the march of time.
I am unbelievably grateful to have my Mom here with me. She is a precious treasure and I am cherishing every moment with her.
Happy Mother’s Day to all.