Sentimental Journey

My mom and dad’s wedding. Stuttgart, Germany, July 17, 1948

Today is Sunday. Sentimental Journey, a song by Les Brown echos in my mind as I write this post. I heard it often growing up in a home where my mother continuously played her albums on her new portable HiFi. She would stack several albums up and they would automatically play non-stop for hours. No wonder I danced around the house all the time.

Lora and her sister Trudy (you can see the HiFi). Toronto, Canada 1964

It was heavenly because her music was truly uplifting. Everything from Big Band instrumentals to pop music of the day, like Connie Francis and Pat Boone. She let me play my Beatle records; my brother was a drummer and he played Sandy Nelson and the Ventures. Eventually, my brother got the HiFi when my mom bought a beautiful new stereo cabinet that sounded like an orchestra was in the house.

I’m enjoying reminiscing of days of yore. Gone but never forgotten.

Little Lora, age 4

Lora’s school photo

My mom was a fashion icon, she looked like a movie star. In the late ’50s she wore her hair like Kim Novak and in the early ’60s I remember her perfectly styled French roll and elegant updos. Her image changed drastically from when she got married with brown curly hair (typical of the ’40s look) to after her beautician and modelling course, with a complete makeover: blonde and very modern.

Lora and her sister Trudy. Germany, 1956

When I think of my mom, I think of music. When I hear songs from my mother’s collection, I think of her and it evokes feelings of happiness and thoughts of my childhood. This music is like a hug from my mom. She had the warmest and most affectionate hugs!

My loving mother passed away on Sunday, November 11th, 17 years ago today.

I miss her hugs!


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27 Responses to Sentimental Journey

  1. Your Mom is gorgeous Carmen in all the photos. I can see where you got your good looks from! She did look like a fashion icon , and a great inspiration for you as to how women should dress. I love her wedding day photo and along with your Dad. Such cute little Girl pics too. She gave all those hugs out of Love for her little Girl and I am sure when you became a young Woman. Take care Dear, Terri xo.

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    • carmen says:

      That means so much to me dear Terri! I sincerely appreciate your comment! My mom is a great treasure in my life and to her grandchildren. I never had to have a babysitter because my mom always looked after them whenever we needed her. We are very blessed to have her! ❤️


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  2. Vale says:

    Your mum was indeed so pretty and like a movie star! Kisses

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    • carmen says:

      Awww thank you so much dear Vale! I’m glad I have her autograph 🙂 and cards and letters that she wrote to me. I even have a little book where she wrote many wonderful words of wisdom for me, some in German and some in English.

      “Don’t start something that you don’t want to continue.” comes to my mind often, and I hear her words of advice in my head many times.



  3. Your mom was absolutely beautiful. This post was just as beautiful Carmen, Very touching

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  4. utesmile says:

    So lovely and warmly written Carmen. Your mum was beautiful and I can relate to those pictures, there are some in my mum’s house like that too! Your mum and her hugs and love will always live in your heart!

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  5. My mom and dad’s wedding was in Germany, Febr. 17, 1949.
    My loving dad passed away in 2011 and my loving mother passed away in 2012.
    I miss my parents …the laughter of them, their hugs, their love

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  6. Ralph says:

    Another lovely annual post about your mum dear Carmen. You must miss her tremendously. ❤

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  7. josep-maria says:

    My dear Carmen, I am always touched by your sentimental posts. You have such a special and profound sensitivity! The memories of your mother, your brother … are almost also parts of my story, because you have approached me with so much affection and delicacy. Your mother, I will repeat it, was a great woman, a beauty and a reference in fashion, and you are her best heritage, because you got to collect all your baggage and raise it to the highest level. A hug.

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    • carmen says:

      My dear Josep-Maria, your sensitivity and kindness is always a comfort to my soul! My mother is an important part of my story, without her I would not be here and she was and is my best example of style and grace! You know the tragedy of my brother’s car accident and it makes me happy that you remembered him. 🙂 Muchos gracias!


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  8. finbarsgift says:

    Beeindruckend, liebe Carmen, diese Erinnerungen an deine Mutter, very moving …
    Liebe Grüße zur Nacht vom Lu

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  9. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your mom and her story!

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  10. Maccabros says:

    Those were the days, maybe gone, but never forgotten…

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  11. Jodie says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Carmen.
    It is no wonder you love dancing….the memories are so fabulous!

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