One weekend in August last summer my mother came for a visit. We'd planned for her to come and stay a few days different times over the summer, but it never worked out. It was as if Someone knew there was a better timing just around the corner. And there was! The weekend was perfect in every way. The weather cooperated splendidly -- it was not too hot, not too cold, but just right -- for sitting in our garden for hours on end, for watching the birds to-ing and fro-ing, for reading, even for posing in patches of giant sunflowers.....
We went out for lunch and sat on shady patios eating amazing pizza (check out post here). We took in our library's annual book sale where Mom and I enjoyed a delightful time browsing tables laden with reading possibilities. And, when we arrived home, there was that sheer joy of opening our bags and thumbing through the piles as we decided which book to start with first.
As you can see, I come by my love of books and reading naturally!
All too soon, it was time to pack up the car with mom's suitcase and bag of books, and take her home. When I went back into her bedroom later that afternoon, I experienced a sudden wave of homesickness. I keenly felt the empty space in our house where just hours before Mom had been sitting and laughing and joshing us, especially with Rick -- they both give as good as they take.
I was homesick for her and I wanted to turn the car around and bring her back. For, I'd caught a glimpse of what life would feel like without her presence in our lives. It was just a split second, but I felt it like a sharp knife. The moment passed and life went back to 'normal', but I've never forgotten that moment -- and today I'm reminded again not to take for granted that there's all the time in the world for sharing and loving and memory-making with my own dear mom.
I'm so grateful for my mom. I'm grateful for her love over my lifetime. She's been a rock and faithful to her call as a mom -- she's shown her kids how to be faithful, loyal and compassionate to others. Today I'm ever so grateful that I have this precious opportunity to celebrate another Mother's Day with her.
To all my beautiful friends, may you enjoy your mom today. Whether in person, by phone or by Skype. Or, for those of you whose Mommas are no longer with you, may there be memories that come to bring joy and comfort on this 2015 edition of Mother's Day.
Sending you hugs and a gentle kiss atop thy head,
Oh, you made me cry! Beautiful tribute to our dearest Mom! Love the pictures! X0ReplyDelete
After 20 years I still miss my mother deeply.ReplyDelete
How lovely to have that precious time with your mum.
I agree! I hope one day to be able to spend more time with my mom!ReplyDelete
I'm missing my mom today too, and you reminded me how wonderful it is to have a mom, even if she's in heaven. Thanks, Brenda.ReplyDelete
I think it's rare to have the kind of mother-daughter relationship you describe, though I am thankful I have it with my daughters. Yes, let's be thankful and enjoy these most important people while we have them!ReplyDelete
Everyone has had a mom.ReplyDelete
She is either in your life or not. And when she isn't, it's a sad thing.
Enjoy your time with your mother. She sounds like a wonderful person to be around.
This was lovely. My sisters and I inherited our mother's love of reading. I love the expression on your mother's face with her arms full of books.ReplyDelete
Great pictures of your mom! Hope that you have more fun times planned for this summer.ReplyDelete
Your Mama looks like she enjoys life! So glad you still have her in yours. SusanReplyDelete
Such lovely words from my beautiful daughter, Thank you Brenda, and I am hoping to spend sometime in summer with you again. Love you sooo much !!ReplyDelete
I love the photo of your beautiful mom with the books. What a delightful time you had together last summer. I hope it will be repeated this year, too. Moms are so special and I'm glad I have mine.ReplyDelete
Lovely as always!!!ReplyDelete
Lovely as always!!!ReplyDelete
What a sweet tribute to your lovely mom! I absolutely love the photo where she is expressing such delight with her book finds!ReplyDelete
mother's day without your own mom is n't the same although my son and I spent some time looking through a history I wrote of her life.ReplyDelete
Sweet tribute, Brenda! I now know that hole--it's very real. The photo of your mom with her pile of books made me smile. She's holding my book in her hand! Cool :)ReplyDelete
Your mom looks like a really fun person!!! I love the photo in the sunflowers.... she is bringing sunshine of her own, isn't she?! And her expression with the books is priceless!ReplyDelete
I love the photo of your mom with the books, Brenda. What a lovely tribute.ReplyDelete
Thanks to all you beautiful friends for your lovely comments. Nancy, my mom really is a fun person and she does bring sunshine into our lives. Violet, I was hoping you'd notice that she was holding a copy of your novel; we were both excited to find it -- she'd read my copy but was happy to find one for her own shelf.ReplyDelete
We're looking forward to new summertime visits.
Dear Brenda- such a sweet post. So glad you shared your wonderful mom with me. Your memories of those special days will live on in your heart . Hope you had a great mother's day. HugsReplyDelete
What a beautiful Mother's Day post. So special that you and your Mom share a love of reading. My Mom and I used to talk about food, cooking and recipes (even when I didn't cook much). I miss her every day!ReplyDelete