My Mom…Ain’t She Sweet!

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My Mom is one amazing woman.  She married my Dad at 17 years old, they were together for 60 years in good and bad times.  When my Dad died three years ago, my Mom found herself alone for the first time in her life.  A year and a half later, she reluctantly moved to Florida.  But what she’s done since is nothing short of amazing.

The dance in this video is at the Senior Center in Cape Coral, FL.  It’s held at 9:30 AM every Friday morning.

 

 

Ain’t she sweet?  Love you Mom!

 

66 Comments

  1. Marge

    You go Mom!!

    • Debi

      So off the wall sweet, wish I still had my mom, so, so sweet, thanks Susan!!!!!!!

      • Debby Mathis

        Oh, your Mom is a jewel. It is wonderful to see how much you love her and are proud of her.

    • Judi

      What a treat! Glad you shared – those of us who have lost our moms wish every day to be able to share them with others. Cherish and enjoy every day with her.

  2. Mary Huber

    Susan, what a wonderful clip; I watched it twice! Your Mom is wonderful, and it’s easy to see why you are TOO! With a Mom like her, how could you have turned out otherwise!

    Congratulations to your Mom and to YOU for all you do on behalf of us and our beloved pets.

    Cyber-hugs to you both,

    ~~ Mary

  3. Pam

    My mom went dancing every Friday until she was 93. Loved it and it kept her young. I taught her to play pool at 80 and she did that too and was quite good :-)
    These things keep you young at heart and that effects your health.
    Your mom is lovely and has that sparkle in her eye.

  4. Betsy

    Loved this. So inspiring. All of the dancers, but esp your Mom, who looks decades younger than she really is. Thanks for putting a smile on my face on an otherwise sad day.

  5. Perrie'Lee Prouty

    Susan, I enjoyed watching your Mom who does not look a day over 50. It brought back memories of my mom and dad who enjoyed dancing whenever they could in their living room to the big bands records they
    kept. They were young at heart. Thank you for sharing and I would
    agree you have taken charge of life and giving it your all. Much of our lives should be giving back and you are with all the advocacy work you do to enlighten and teach us about our companion animals. Thanks for sharing something special of yours.

  6. Mollie Morrissette

    That is so sweet! When I grow up I want to be just like her: absolutely fabulous! And I hope I look as great as she does when that time comes — what a figure — what marvelous legs!

  7. TJF

    Thank you so much, Susan, for sharing this beautiful video of your mom…..OMG she looks so YOUNG! I bet all the guys are after her! And she is obviously a very beautiful spirit, a trait she has obviously passed down to you!

    Thanks again for sharing this….she is a gift to you and to everyone else.

  8. Lily

    What a delightful clip! It’s pretty clear to me that your Mother will be one of the dancing centennials!!

  9. Lynne Holley

    Lovely video and lovely mom! Wonderful!

  10. cheryl

    you have a lot to be thankful for!

    my mom is a couple years younger than yours…but dances every weekend, as well…wish my grandparents had found such joy in their later years…

    thank you for sharing with us!

  11. Bronn

    Great video of your Mom!!! Happy Belated Birthday, and many, many more!!

  12. Ann

    What a wonderful tribute to your gorgeous Mom.
    I lost both of my parents in their 80′s so it is very inspiring to see these fit and happy seniors enjoying their golden years. My father in law will turn 102 in March and still lives in his home alone with a little help from us. He is an inspiration to us each day.
    He now uses a walker, but he would be very impressed with the nearly 102 year old dancer in your video. While our Dad can no longer dance, he continues with his beautiful glass art work that he still makes, shows, and sells.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Linda Messina

    Susan – thank you for sharing this wonderful video of your Mom. She was an amazingly beautiful young woman and she’s an amazing woman in her older years. I congratulate her for gathering her courage, after losing your Dad, and forging forward to a new life in FL. That takes a lot of guts at a time when it would be easier to just stay inside and assume your social life was over. It just goes to show that one can learn anything new at any point in life if one just puts their mind to it. You are a very lucky woman to have a Mother like her to model.

    • Susan Thixton

      It did take a lot of guts for her to move on with her life – she lived in one city her whole life and never lived alone. She moved, learned to get around, made new friends, and did all of this on her own. Really proud of her – she ‘raised the bar’ for the women in our family!

      • Barbara Linden

        Thank you SO much for sharing this, Susan! My worst fear is losing my husband of 51 yrs.! We are both in good shape, but we never know what’s around the next corner! I’ve never lived alone either, and this story and video are so very inspiring to me!
        I’m staying in shape to do the things I love, namely helping people work with their dogs so they have a loving companion instead of constant frustrations. I think everyone should follow their passions in life! Also… I thank you for YOUR wonderful contribution to those of us that want to keep on learning how to be the best caretakers for our doggies!

  14. LORI

    So beautiful… Happy Birthday to your lovely mom! : ) Lori

  15. Susan

    Susan,
    Thank you for sharing this. Your mom looks fantastic and is really an inspiration for all of us “seniors”. Thank you also for all your work you do on behalf of our beloved four legged family members.

  16. Jaimy

    Love seeing the love you have for your mom. Thanks for sharing! You both are blessed. ;-)

  17. Pam

    That’s just wonderful and thank you so much for sharing, Susan. I am 71 and your mom just raised the bar for me. :)

    • Barbara Linden

      I’m 71 as well, Pam… and I totally agree with you! Susan’s mom is definitely a role model for seniors!

  18. Jeri

    Lovely video, Susan! May the Lord bless your mother with many more healthy, happy years to dance! She’s an inspiration for certain!

  19. Liz

    Beautiful! Your mom, her health … your love for her … and ALL those fabulous seniors. May we all age with the same grace and enthusiasm.

  20. Dorothy Sinkler

    Hi Susan,

    Your Mom is amazing – Tell her I think she looks half her age, and if dancing did that for her I am going out dancing today with my little Shih Tzu, Macy. Tell her to keep it up. Many thanks to you for all that you do for our beloved pets.

  21. Kathy

    Wow! She IS amazing! She looks great!!! Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring. : )

  22. Kim

    Wow, and in heels no less!! You go Mama!! Thanks for sharing, Susan.

  23. Marsha

    Thank you for sharing Susan. I lost my mom almost two years ago. Your moms’ dancing brings back tons of memories of my mom and dad dancing. they both loved to dance. I miss them both. Enjoy her, moms are very special.

  24. Bette Ward

    This is so wonderful! I shared it to my FB page – I wish I still had MY Mom – this makes me nostalgic, a little sad and yet happy happy that you, Susan, have such an energetic Mom in your life.
    Thank you for sharing this part of yourself.

  25. Pat Pearson

    WOW! Your beautiful Mom is such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing this video. Maybe I’d better get busy & look for an activity like this instead of sitting here on my rear in front of the computer. God bless your Mom…she looks GREAT!!!

  26. Caroline

    Susan,

    Thanks for sharing! Your mom is terrific!

    I just lost my dad earlier this year (10 weeks after losing my beloved animal companion of almost 17 years, Dakota) and he and my mom were big ballroom dancers. I’m going to share this clip with her. I hope it will encourage her to “keep dancing!”

    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Evie

    The whole thing made me smile, Susan. God bless your Mom! She looks amazing, and it appears, she is living and loving life still! My parents were married were married at 17 & 19, also for 60 years. My Dad was afraid to fly. So my Mom always told me if he died before her, she would fly to see me. I seriously never believed her. But he died in Oct. of 1990, and she came to Dallas four, YES four, times the first 12 months! And she flew on an airplane every time. Mom’s ROCK at any age!!

  28. Kris

    Very heartwarming. How awesome that they are able to have these dances every week. My dad is only able to go once a month. That is incredibly brave of your mom to pick up and move & start all over again at her age–well really at any age. Truly an inspiration…

  29. Cindy

    As long as you have a song in your heart and a dance to do, you are truly alive. Thank you for sharing this lovely video with us.

  30. Mickey

    Your Mom is amazing to be sure! Our mother’s both lost their husbands 3 years ago. My Mom is in a Memory Care Retirement Center, but is very anti-social. I wish she were more like your Mom. She’d be so much happier. Your Mom has inspired me. I am 60 and when my time comes, I hope to be as courageous as she is. I too love dancing. It keeps you young and active. Thanks for sharing! It made my day!

  31. Caroline

    That’s fabulous that she’s so active and in such great health and enjoying life. I hope that situation continues for many more years. More power to her!

  32. Lilly

    Loved this video!! Made me smile and is so inspirational. Your mom is absolutely lovely and a great dancer. I can see why you are so proud. Thanks for sharing your mother’s story with us. I can only hope I will look that good and be so active as well.

  33. Bonnie Kirk

    She is a beautiful lady. it is easy to see why you are so proud of her!

  34. Darlene

    Fantastic video. It should go viral. More people should enjoy life as she does. Thanks for sharing

  35. Josie

    Wow…. what an uplifting video and WHAT A WOMAN! I will keep this video and play it again and again…..

    thank you so much for sharing!

  36. Karen

    Susan, thanks so much for sharing this video. Your mom is incredible. Dancing will keep her looking and feeling young. She is definitely an inspiration to others.

  37. AliceJean

    Thank you, Susan. I hope my daughter (56yrs) sees this and contacts me. She hasn’t spoken to me for many years or even let me know where they live. Don’t even know why. My faith promises me that she will wake up and become that sweet daughter she was and as you are, Susan. God bless you

    • Kelley

      I saw this post among the 54+ (and counting) other well-wishes for Susan’s Mom. And it struck me as being very sad for you. So many here wish their Mom (and in some cases, their daughters) were still with them! While others in this world take so much for granted. My parents are gone. I try to befriend those who would be my parents’ ages, and help when I can. Knowing that if I weren’t around, I would want the same for them. Taking them shopping, phone calls, help with chores. But mostly so they know they aren’t alone. I hope there are others around you (friends, neighbors, church goers) who see the beautiful spirit inside you. To let you know you’re not alone either. Don’t forget, it’s your daughter’s loss at this point. Because you seem poised and willing to welcome her back, no matter what the past. I will keep you both in my prayers! And do post if ever their is a reconcilliation. Take care for the Holidays. People DO care!!

  38. Leslie Leavitt

    Thank you for sharing the video. Your Mom is amazing. I’m only 70 and don’t look half that good. She is beautiful and so are you.

  39. leila

    Thanks for sharing this. gives me great hope as i am in my 70′s!!!!!! I’ve always been a dancer.

    Leila

  40. Shauna

    She is beautiful and inspiring!

  41. Laurie Matson

    I love it Susan!! When my Mom passed away my Dad sold his house and moved to a Senior High Rise thinking his life was over. He met a lovely lady there across the hall and he was smitten with her. pretty soon they were doing everything together and busy running across the hall to each others apartments!! He told us he wanted to marry Edna!! unfortunately Dad only got to spend 2 years with Edna as he passed away suddenly from a massive stroke or massive Heart Attack at age 89. Edna was so severly depressed after losing him, she died shortly after him. :-( My Mom and Dad were married close to 51 years. Sometimes when you think your life is over, it isn’t!!!

    • Barbara Linden

      Thanks for sharing this, Laurie… I’ve been married 51 yrs., and this gives me hope for the possible future. Reminds me of some good advice that I heard when I was quite young… “LIVE until the day you die!”

  42. Carol

    Your mom is great. My mom was the same way. Through her 70′s and 80′s she went to dances several times a week. She is now 97 yrs old and lives with me in California. Her 98 yr old brother has flown out to see her twice in the last year from Michigan. What is the key to this healthy longevity??

  43. Robin T

    Thanks for sharing. Indeed your mom is adjusting just fine to her new life in Florida. Seems she has quite a few dancing partners, too! She’s an inspiration to all.

  44. lynn

    susan,
    your mom looks more like 68-70 years young. she’s a great lady. and, you are very lucky to have your mom and so young and active… you can see she was a very loved well cared for lady. . .looking at your mom I see how you became such a wonderful caring person. thank you for sharing how you became you. wonderful family with such love and humor and loving life .

  45. Pam Knapp

    That is such an inspiring video, Susan! Your mom looks so young and beautiful, and she sure can dance!! I’m sharing this with a friend who teaches many fitness classes, including a line dancing class for seniors! Thank you so much for posting this!

  46. Dazzle59

    Just wonderful – put a big smile on my face. A big hug for your lovely mom, Susan! Keep on dancing, dear lady. Thanks so much for sharing this sweet video!

  47. Mary Ellen

    Your mother is an inspiration to all women! Thanks for sharing her new life with us. How did she choose Florida? I may follow in her footsteps one day! LOL

  48. Ann Marie Gutjahr

    Thank you for sharing your Mom’s activity with us. She is just darling, what a dancer. Happy Birthday to her and she looks so much younger..just wonderful.

  49. Nina Wolf

    (Party) Hats off to your Mom, and it did not escape me that she has several different dance partners! I bet her dance card is full. Her grace and charm are evident, and I’m sure she brings smiles off the dance floor as well. As for her transition to her new life, well, now we understand where you’ve inherited some of your strength.

  50. leah&grady

    Susan,Your mother is an inspiration to everyone,to move down to Fl. and make new friends and live by herself is hard for anyone but she has always been an extraordinary woman and she is beautiful inside and out! she looks amazing and just keep dancing it is turning the time clock back. Truly Beautiful!

  51. Holly McC

    I loved this! She is very beautiful, youthful looking and appears very happy as she dances! what a lovely tribute.

  52. Lila Bett

    Oh, I LOVED this. I am so happy to see your mom enjoying herself. My mom and dad lived in FL in their later years and belonged to a club there. I went to many New Years dances there and they were all so much fun. The seniors really know how to get out and boogie! My mom and dad used to go out every Fri. and Sat. night when younger and continued in FL. They are both gone now and I miss them very much. Your mom and mine were such an inspiration. I know I will be keeping on if I am lucky enough to make it to that age. God Bless her and you!

  53. maryllen candace reichard

    YEP! Ain’t she sweet!!!!!!!!!!!! Candace

  54. Aunt Jane

    Loved seeing her in action. Well done. Have been a fan for 67 years and still love her dearly.

  55. vickie

    Susan, Thanks for sharing this, your Mom looks great and she is a really smooth dancer. Just wonderful, everyone is have a good time.

  56. Andi Brown

    Susan… she is as amazing as you are! The apple didn’t fall far from her tree! Congrats to you and your Mom! oxxo

  57. Linda

    Susan, this really brought a smile to my face. From toddler years to silver hair days, Mom’s are the comfort food of the Universe. They are simply magic. Looking fit and terrific for a young 81. Now we know who you took after.

  58. Tammy Baugh

    Susan your Mom is as cool as you are! Thanks for sharing.

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