Little Lessons

Memories of Love

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 3, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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Last week, my mother, Paula Fallon, passed away. As we wrote in her obituary, she lived an amazing life. On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, we held her funeral mass. This was the eulogy I delivered in her honor.

On behalf of the entire Fallon family, I want to thank all of you for joining us in this celebration of Paula’s life.

Paula. Paula Fitzpatrick. Paula Ann Fallon. Mrs. Fallon. The different names that accompanied her over the last 91 years. But that’s not what we called her.

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Topics: love, family, mother

Jamie’s Parker House Rolls

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 5, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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There are some people that when you hear their name immediately make you think of a certain time and place. It may be a classroom from college. A crowded living room after dinner. A deserted beach during the winter.

When I think about my friend, Jamie, I actually think of four people. Jamie, David, Dolores, and me, sharing a meal. Dinner at a nice restaurant. Breakfast at the neighborhood diner. The best place of all – Jamie’s table.

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Topics: family, friendship, memories

Lessons from My Mother: The Dinner Table

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 3, 2017 4:36:25 AM

plate.jpgWeeknights at 6:00 sharp. Leftovers on Saturdays. Late Sunday afternoons, usually with a visiting relative. The blessing, led by my father’s brother, a priest. My father at the head of the table. The rest of us vying for the seats closest to the kitchen.

Growing up, the dinner table was a central part of my life. Dinner was the one time of day that all 10 kids and my parents were in the same room. There would be three or four conversations going on at once, with the occasional squabble sprinkled in. And of course, there was my mother’s cooking.

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Topics: family, memories