Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage

Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage
The Yin and Yang of Thankfulness

Friday, May 7, 2010

I Had The Best Day ... Remembering My Mom. Mother's Day Joys To All Of You!

And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
For staying back and watching me shine
And I didn't know if you knew, so I'm takin' this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today
                               Taylor Swift  The Best Day
My Mom's name was Bette Ann.
 She was tall, thin, had laughing green eyes and a full bodied laugh.
I was her only child. I didn't always know it as a child,
she loved me with all of her heart. I know that now because I am a mom.
She was 49 when we lost her and I was 24, my son Todd was 2. She loved roses, especially lavender roses.

We spent the BEST DAY together before she died. She drove up to my house and played with Todd. Took him for a walk by the lake. Hand in hand, I can see them walking down our dirt road - he had such sturdy little legs. We had lunch and she was all smiles for us. It was an unusal day, I never realized it was her "good-bye". When she was leaving she held me in her arms and kissed me and said with such emotion "I love you Jennifer Ann!". We had the best day.
         As I drove home from a friend's last night, I thought about that day and also how I used to lay my head on her lap as a child when we drove home from my Grandmother's. My Mom would sing songs like "Mister Moon" or  "M O T H E R". You might know it - it begins with "M is for the million smiles she gave me.."

So I just needed to write a post today to say something about the best days with my mom and to post some photos celebrating moms. How blessed we are indeed.

"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love."
-- Thomas C. Haliburton

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
-- Maya Angelou

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
-- Honore' de Balzac

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