I know Mother’s Day is still over a month away but with the release of “Mom’s Gift” this month, I thought it appropriate to speak about the woman who inspired the piece – my darling mother.
Mom grew up in the city so stories about her childhood were always fascinating to me. Stories about running through the back alleys with other children, living in an apartment, whitewashing sidewalks, walking home from elementary school for lunch and Christmas shopping at the city department stores were things unfamiliar to me. I spent my childhood divided between suburbia and rural living so I loved hearing a different perspective through Mom’s stories – and I still do.
My mother is a lot like her mother, who left us far too soon. Mom inherited her generosity, loving heart and nurturing ways from my grandmother, who never turned down the chance to spend time with her grandchildren. I love this picture of them – my grandmother was so beautiful and stylish.
While many mothers today rejoice when summer is over and the kids go back to school, my mother cried when we returned to school after being with us all summer. She truly loved spending time with us and enjoyed her children fully. Her amount of patience seemed to be never-ending as she dealt with four children, three of whom were born in the space of three years. Having her home as I was growing up was such a blessing to me.
My favorite memories are of special notes tucked in our lunchboxes, times when she read aloud to us and the special care we received when we were sick. Mom lovingly cooked meals for us, day in and day out without complaint. She colored with us, “camped” overnight on the living room floor with us, made Christmas cookies with us, dressed us up and fixed our hair (burning our foreheads with the curling iron!), and gave us more love than one can imagine.
How can you repay someone who has given you so much? This was the question I pondered when thinking about my mother. She gave me my life – such a wonderful gift. I can honor her by giving her my love. That’s all she would want and I know it is enough for her.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I will always love you.