TRIBUTE TO MOM – by Anne Fioravanti

Now we are coming up to our 43rd wedding anniversary and what would have been your 67th wedding anniversary. Yes that day is very special indeed.

I recall having lunch at Bauers Kitchener with our appletinis discussing our upcoming 40th anniversary and celebration . We were discussing what we were wearing and all the details. It was that night that you were taken by ambulance to the hospital with your pain, and the news afterward. You passed away June 30th.

As quick and fleeting you passed, I know you would have wanted it that way. We all think of you often and how you brightened our family do’s with all your jokes and antics. Mom – there is not a day that passes without thoughts of you. I cannot believe I am going to be 66 and all this time has passed us by. Guess we all think we are going to live forever and you don’t think that times will end.

Whenever something happens I always think I have to call you or email you but realizing you are no longer here. Here is a poem for you.

As time goes by and I realize now I am alone

I miss you Mom for all the times we shared

But I am thankful for all the good times we had- the showers

The parties , the weddings and all the great times


The family has moved on – the kids are grown

The grandkids are getting bigger too

Life has a way of passing us by

And before we know it we are old


Soon it will be time for our kids to take on the torch

And go down that path of love and sharing

With all the joys and sorrows and strife

But we always think of you and your love and caring

IN all that we did and strove to do .


We think of you now and we will hold a candle to you Mom

ON this special day, and everyday!

Mom & Granddaughter Dianna

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

17 thoughts on “TRIBUTE TO MOM – by Anne Fioravanti”

  1. I understand your feelings so well. Even though I live in Europe, I called my mom every morning at 6 am her time, and we would start off her day, sharing and laughing. She left in 2002, and the last words I said to her I will never forget. I told her that I loved her and she said, I love you too, baby, and then she left.
    Yet, I take comfort in knowing that life goes on. According to scientist matter degenerates into another form. I believe that the human is spirit, body, soul and therefore my mother has moved on to another world. I guess that’s why I am fascinated by Science-Fiction. It speaks of other worlds and other beings.
    This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. It touched my heart.
    Shalom aleichem,


  2. Oh my, John…this is such a lovely tribute written by your wife. The poem is beautiful and the picture is so precious too. My mom passed away suddenly 19 years ago and I still want to call her with news. I find solace when I realize that she already knows. Blessings sent your way. Thanks for sharing this with us.


    1. Thank you Natalie . I hear that you are a poet too! My Mom and us had the same wedding anniversary date and she died on that day as well so June 30th is a special day to remember.


  3. That’s a beautiful tribute. Mothers and daughters have a special bond. Like Anne, I still think I need to call my mom whenever something happens. It’s a natural reaction. I lost my mother four years ago, but I know the day will come when we’ll meet again. Looks like Anne’s mom had a beautiful spirit and touched many lives.


    1. Thanks for your kind words, Mae… you have the same first name as Anne’s mom – spelled the same way too! Mae passed suddenly 3 years ago and Anne still gets choked up every time she thinks about or speaks about her mom. It sounds like you had a great relationship with your mom too.


    2. Oh Mae – how special that you and my MOm have the very same name – same spelling too.
      Thanks for your beautiful words. Anne


  4. Such a tender tribute, John. The photo of your mom with your granddaughter is especially poignant – they both have the same smile, separated by decades. This reflection warmed my heart and led me to my own mom. Thank you.


    1. Thank you Gwen – My MOm was very special. My parents wedding day and ours is the same – June 30th and she died on that day as well. So will always be a day to remember. Anne


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