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    Interview with Meryl & Charlie's Moms

    I did a fun interview with Cheryl Davis and Jacqui White on my blog for Mother's Day! You can read about their competition travels, some Meryl and Charlie costume disasters, and more here.

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    Jennifer, That was a great interview. Thank you.

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    Love it, Jennifer. Thank you!

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    What a lovely interview! The moms sound like solid, kind people, and you chose some splendid questions that provided great insight into the women's personalities and their kids' careers.

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    Great interview, Jennifer! Thanks for posting it. They sound like really great, supportive moms. It's always interesting to hear about skaters' families. They play such a big role in skaters' lives, yet we tend to hear very little about them.

    Interesting that both moms name Samson & Delilah as their favorite D/W program. I have to agree. Meryl & Charlie have had so many amazing programs, but still, for me, nothing has topped Samson & Delilah (even Die Fledermaus). That was one of the most exciting, thrilling programs I've ever seen in skating. Such drama, power, passion, and incredible skill!!

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    What a great interview and a super idea for Mother's Day! Isn't it cute how, and not just in their hair color, Meryl's mom kinda looks like Charlie and Charlie's mom is darkly exotic like Meryl?

    What grounded people they all seem to be. Lovely.

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    What a great interview!

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    I understand what you are saying deedee. I lost my mother in March and this mother's day was very difficult. Of course making it even harder was the fact that it was two weeks before Easter and about one month before her anniversary. She was a big skating fan and went to all the shows and competitions with me.

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    Thanks again for your thoughtfulness, golden.

    Here is warmest huggs to you, too...(((sillylionlove)))

    In our culture, we would often say 'a husband/father should be the center of pillar (=house/family)' because of its nature as a husband/father to support/protect family members. But when I lost my mom, I realized my mother herself was actually the pillar of my father, and how much she supported and protected him over the years. The way how closely my original family (because I had married years before and left my home by then) was united each other, was simply owing to her presence, her devotion and love for each one of family members for years.

    A mother-daughter relationship, in general, tends to be more like the one between best friends as a daughter grows, and mine was like that.

    From the way you described such close relationship with your mother, she must be a woderful person, adorable woman and the most caring mother to you.
    Like you, my mom and I went out together for fun and my dad often got jealous of us...You have reminded me those lovely memories and made me smile. Thanks for that, sillylionlove.

    Now I see my mother as a woman and as a wife, I respect her ten times more than I once did as her child when I was seeing her as my mother.

    Oh, there is at least one good thing.
    Looking up at the sky, we can talk to our mother anytime; whatever we want, whenever we like and wherever we are, without any compunction to our father, husband or anyone!

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    I lost my mom late last year. I had cared for her for a few years, so our close relationship became even closer, and in some ways I got to be the mother for awhile. She lived a long life, and I'm grateful for the time I spent with her, but one always wishes for more when it's a loved one. Like the rest of you, I miss her very much but also feel her presence. I wasn't looking forward to Mother's Day this year either. As it turned out, I had to work all weekend at the office. Since I'm fond of my officemates, I feel comforted that I got to spend the day with friends, even though we were typing away like maniacs trying to make a deadline. (One of the supervisors made an ice cream run, so there were benefits.)

    My condolences to you especially, sillylionlove. It's hard when the loss is fresh, but the good times you shared with her will always be part of you, and they'll come back to you as refreshing moments as time goes on.

    Deedee, I agree that when we lose our mothers, we can often see them more clearly, because we see the strengths that we probably took for granted when they were alive. And you're right. We can talk to them anytime, and we can still make them proud of us by how we conduct ourselves.

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    Thanks everyone. It's true that mothers really are the pillars if the family. My dad is a smart man and was a hard worker but after my mom died he's like a big kid!! LOL

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    (((Olympia)))

    Yeah, I know...when anniversaries get nearer; such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries, the more time we would spend thinking of the lost ones...
    The first year is the hardest, of course. But we rather want to stay home and spend our time thinking of them, praying for them, talking to them, and talking about them with the rest of family members, anyway, on such days. I believe this is good in a way for us, because we at least have someone else within the family and can share the same feeling. Even though we have to face the fact and it saddens us once again, I see it as a necessary and (probably) proper process towards healing. The second year a little better, I can assure you from my experience. As time goes by, and as much time we get to spend thinking of them and talking about them within the family, there comes the time, at some point, when we somehow can manage ourselves again, recall good memories of the lost ones that make us smile, or even end up bringing some funny memories that we all can laugh at. Takes time, though, and naturally so.

    On the other hand, what is the harder is probably (and at least for me still) when specific days and occasions for family/friend reunion for everyone get nearer; such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, Thanksgivings and Christmas...Knowing we just can't stay home forever, we go out and run up against flowers, cards, sweets and Christmas decorations, whether or not we want it...No one's fault of course, but on such occasions we may feel so isolated from the rest of the worlds as if we were left alone in the vast universe.

    Sorry it's OT and getting long again. My point is my prayers are with you, Olympia and sillylionlove!

    OK, back to topic!

    I love the way how Mrs. Davis and Mrs. White reacted to all those questions. They are so adorable!

    It's amaging how openly, frankly, or even humorously, and never souding disageeably or sarcastically with no catty remarks, they could talk about Meryl and Charlie as their own child and as a competitive skater, about their programs and costumes, about other skaters, their coaches and its relationships.

    What made me laugh is the second question was actually about costume disasters!

    In our culture, none of any skaters' mother, regardless they are elite ones or not, would have expected such a question as the second one, and never picked up the word 'disaster' themselves even if asked with the same word by the interviewer.

    Besides, and to be more serious, skaters' parents in general are probably not in a position to have a say or naysay against coaches and/or the federation and tend to leave everything to those who are professional, unless of course something important/critical issues get involved; such as injury and other health issues, harassment or abuse.

    If I were the skater's mom and whose costume was indeed a disaster to the eyes of everyone, including myself, I probably would have needed to say like this, "I like the costume for my daughter of course. Perfectly fine. They are professional and I am not after all. They always knew much better than I. I am merely the skater's mother, you know...but if you ask me...though I may be not in a position to advocate any of my preference for my daughter's costume...it would have looked a little better and probably appreciated much more if its color should have been a little lighter for her tone of skin, I would say..."
    It would have lasted forever and would have talked nothing but costume the whole time.

    And in your culture, one simple sentence; "Yes, that costume was a 'disaster'." "Let's move to the next question!"

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