As the third Mother’s Day rolls around since my mom’s death, the day doesn’t have quite the meaning it did. Mom loved Mother’s Day – the flowers, the dinner, the presents – but most of all, all her family in her house together! She loved being a mother – a grandmother – a great-grandmother – and a surrogate mother to anyone who needed her! Yellow roses were her favorite – but anything with a bloom was a treasure.
One year my son Linton brought her orange lilies. She planted them in what originally was the fish pond – a concrete rectangle about two feet deep. They spread and spread – every year having more and more plants and blooms. Of course, the growth may have been helped by all the cats that were buried in ‘the pond’! Mom was notorious for having a cat find a warm spot under the hood or on the tire of her car!
Two more great-grandchildren have been born since mom has gone – one, my own grandson, Julian! She loved babies so much! Now we have two more on the way! The grandchildren are rather like the lilies – multiplying exponentially!
Give your mom an extra hug today if she is still with you. Remember to ask her all the questions you can about her life, her parents life – anything she can remember. You will be glad you did one day. And, take her a pot of orange lilies!