To my Mom:
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!! We have spoken a couple times already and I know you had a good day, but I always wish we were not across the country from each other. I always love posting my favorite photo of you on Mother’s Day. To me, you were always the most beautiful mom on the block who could do anything. I have been thinking about you all day because as you know, we are so busy getting the downstairs painted, cleaned, and updated. It’s about time, too. The house is in need of a major facelift. As we are working, I have been thinking of how you were always trying to make our homes growing up the best they could be, even if you just moved a few things around. I remember Dad asking you one time, “Why do you keep moving the furniture?” I know why now – because change is good and it doesn’t take much to make rooms look like new. Sometimes just moving things to different parts of the room and adding a new pillow or hanging up a new painting can change the whole look and feel. I wish you were here to see the living room and dining room. That’s exactly what we did. After the new paint was dry, my decorator and friend Mary started moving things around the living room and dining room like you used to do. We are getting new window treatments tomorrow, but basically Mary moved the furniture, added a few new pillows, photos, and candles, exactly as you would have done. I polished the chandelier and some other brass items, and cleaned out the china cabinet. Voila! It’s like having two new rooms. Watching Mary work her magic was like watching you many years ago. But here is one difference: tomorrow we are getting new window treatments for the living room and dining room, and they will be beautiful, but it makes me remember that you used to sew all your own curtains. I’m afraid I did not inherit the sewing gene! I want you to know that even though you are not here, I can close my eyes and still see you pushing around sofas and chairs, tiling tables, sewing curtains and pillows, hanging pictures with precision, and then have dinner ready later in the day. Yes, you did it all and I hope you remember all that you did. You made our life beautiful and comfortable. When the house is done and I am walking around admiring the work, I will smile at the photo of you long ago that will be up on my wall soon because I know you would be pleased to watch over it. Thank you for your beautiful life, Mom. You are so loved. Happy Mother’s Day.