Really and truly, these aren’t just random snapshots. They all have to do with Mother’s Day. If I don’t explain just right how they all fit together, just nod your head and pretend I’m making sense anyway.
This is my mom. And those are really mountains. I just forgot exactly where 🙂 . Last year she finally got to go to Europe to travel and visit my father’s relatives. This picture is important to me because it reminds me that my mom spent so many years taking care of us, instead of having adventures, but never once when I was growing up did she ever point that out to us…
This is my mom with my sweet nephews, David and Nicholas. I like this picture because it reminds me that even though my mom has a beautiful house that’s perpetually uncluttered, neat and tidy, she’s always happy to have her grandchildren there to cook, leave legos in the living room, and cover the sliding glass doors with fingerprints.
This is a bit of detail from the baptismal gown my mom made when I was pregnant with Emily. All her grandchildren except William have been baptized in it. I like this picture because this gown demonstrates how my mom passes on her art and her faith to people who are special to her.
Speaking of art, did you know that my mom is an artist? Her medium is fabric. I like this photo of the bright ABC quilt she made for George for two reasons. First of all, because George and I love the quilt itself, but also because it reminds me of how much thought and care she puts into her relationship with each of her grandchildren as an individual.
More “art by mom”…. this is a detail of my favorite jacket that my mom made for me. This photo reminds me that even though I’m a grownup and a mother myself, my mom still takes care of me. I never thought that at 42 years old I’d still NEED my mom so much and so often. I’d rather share a photo of how she takes care of me by sewing for me than share a photo of her taking care of me through the worst of chemotherapy, so there you go.
This is my dad and his mom (who is wearing more of my mom’s wearable art 🙂 )… My grandmother is 99 years old (although she thinks she’s 100) and I haven’t gotten to see her since last August. I like this picture for Mother’s Day because it makes me think that if my grandmother can live through all the things she’s lived through and get to be a greatgrandmother to so many, many children, I should be able to live through this cancer, get to be 99 and have countless greatgrandchildren, too.
Here’s a photo of one of my gifts from Emily today. I like this photo because it will last forever, even when the cookie is all gone. Emily is a pro at clutter-free gifts… I think that when she grows up she’ll have a beautiful, totally organized home with empty horizontal surfaces in every room :-).
And here’s my Mother’s Day card from Danny… he brought it home from Ecole du Samedi yesterday and was too excited about making this art for me to save it until today. So we’re back to shared art, mothers and the joy of children.
Happy Mother’s Day, mom. I love you so much.