July 27, 2020 2:33 pm Mom of the Week – Amy Sudell Honors Her Son, Steven AKA The Weevster 💜
What do you love to do with your children? How old are they? And what is your greatest wish for them?
I have 3 sons. My oldest is 23, my middle son is almost 18 and my youngest is forever 14. He passed away in November 2018 and would be 16 now. I love hanging out with them, watching all kinds of different things on TV, but especially Jeopardy. My greatest wish is for them to be healthy and follow their dreams. I want them to be surrounded by people who love and support them.
Who has had the biggest influence upon you?
My mom and my kids. My mom was on dialysis for 5 years and had a kidney transplant less than 2 months after my dad suddenly passed away. She lived for another 11 years and she never complained. My youngest son, who passed away from brain cancer, battled hard for 19 months. My boys became so strong, caring and supportive, just by watching how my mom was during her tough time. My boys give me strength.
What quality do you most admire in a mother?
Being caring and a life long support system.
Besides motherhood, what other careers/opportunities have you enjoyed? And what are your strongest qualities?
I was a corporate travel agent for over 25 years. I worked until I had to become my son’s fulltime caregiver/nurse. I have recently gone back to working part time in a local office not in the travel industry. I’m very grateful I was able to find something especially during these trying times. I’ve also painted over 1000 kindness rocks for the multiple rock gardens in town in honor of my son and for many cancer patients. I believe with everything we have been through, I am more compassionate and I just want to help and support others.
Were you happiest in elementary, middle high school or college? Please explain why.
My best times hands down were in middle school or as we called it in the early ‘80s, Western Junior High School. I made some awesome friends and had great teachers. My parents were also healthy at this time and I have special memories of those years. Plus early/mid 80’s had the best music. What’s not to love?
What do you like to do for fun and what is your idea of a perfect day?
I like going to the beach to walk and relax. Painting rocks, crafting and watching my kids bowl, play golf… A perfect day is heading to Robert Moses Beach in Long Island. We have been many times. The boys would always play on the pitch and putt there — we called it mini Pebble Beach. I have wonderful memories of all my kids there, so it’s for sure a very happy place for me.
What is one of your favorite books? Movies?
I prefer suspense / romance… A Mary Higgins Clark fan. But I’m not a huge reader. I like podcasts. My favorite movie is from 1972, The Poseidon Adventure with Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine. I watched it at my grandparents house in the ‘70s and have been hooked ever since.
What is your favorite type of food and what do you love to cook?
My favorite food is Italian. I like to cook for holidays or on the weekends when I have more time. I actually prefer to bake and love making Christmas cookies.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise in Alaska.
Where is your favorite place to Party with Moms and what is your drink of choice?
I’m not a big going out person… I prefer to hang at girlfriends’ houses. I like Centro in the Mill but honestly haven’t gone out in a very long time. I like a glass or 2 of Prosecco.
In this new experience of coronavirus, with quarantine and social distancing, has there been any positive development for your family?
My oldest came home so it’s been nice to be all here together. My husband and I had more time to work on a book and website that is in honor of our late son. It’s called “Color and Journal with the Weevster18.” I enjoy just being able to get a lot done around the house, because there never seems to be enough time.