BD here. We just got home from a relaxing weekend away where there were no alarm clocks. I made sure of that. It was just what we needed. Although, there was that incident with the toilet...
While every day holds something that reminds me of my mom, Mother's Day is a great time to actively remember her on my terms because I don't do it enough in the hustle-bustle of everyday life. Gina and I reminisced about both of our mothers at various times throughout the weekend. Driving down the canyon today I remembered with shock that she's been gone nearly 8 years next month. For Mother's Day 8 Years ago my siblings and I went to Color-Me-Mine and each designed a plate for her, then presented them while she was in the hospital. They are still hanging in my dad's kitchen.
|Mom and Grandma in the kitchen - ca. 2001|
- She had as much influence on me marrying Gina as I did. Seriously.
- She slept in a hotel one night because we had a fugitive snake loose in the house. (OK, it was probably my brother or me that left the cage door slightly ajar)
- She once traded a house.
- She and my grandma had a wonderfully close relationship; that must be why I love talking with my grandma.
- She trucked me around the Intermountain West to appease my crazy mountain biking addiction throughout my adolescence.
- In fact she eagerly supported every whim, interest, or talent that I ever had.
- She teased me because Gina had a bike before she had "the ring."
- The wing.
- Taking walks in the woods on family camping trips.
- She never forgot anything, especially the important stuff... right down to the hour of the day it happened.
- She made everything special with her "touch."
- She had a heart that didn't fit in her body.
- After she was gone we found out hundreds of small acts of kindness that she had done for people that no one in the family knew anything about.
- She had to wait nearly 10 years before having her first child (me!) which is now something I know a little about and will forever honor the pain and desire she felt to be a parent.
- I love her for not giving up.
|The MOST Important Women in my life (Leaving for Brazil - ca. 2001)|
"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abraham Lincoln
Thanks for letting me indulge here.