NIAGARA, Wis. — This month we have explored the topic of Christmas traditions. One tradition — remembering our loved ones whom we have lost — is also prevalent during the holidays. Whether they have passed recently or years ago, the holidays have a way of bringing them to mind. They may be gone, but they live forever in our hearts. Since beginning this column 10 months ago, I have referenced my mother many times. This final column of 2019 is dedicated to her memory; she passed peacefully in her sleep at 11:20 p.m. Dec. 18.
The mother-daughter relationship is a complicated one in that it passes through many phases. The relationship I had with my mom was no more or less complicated than anyone else’s