Happy Mother’s Day Rere
I wondered if this had changed in the four years since I first wrote it. No, not really we are still, my mother and I, something…best described as comfortably, and now mutually, respectful.
She is now soon to be 87 years old and my father has been gone 12 years…12 years still seems like the day before yesterday and I remain very much my father’s daughter. My nest egg has grown and her’s remains wonderful as some frugal habits are hard to relinquish.
To her credit, and her benefit, the one time she didn’t start from no, didn’t say no, resulted in the love affair of the decade. She has developed a true and deep love of an old dog. She and Toti Nonna continue to save each other each week since Lina died. They are the reason each looks forward to the weekend.
I’ve had a new string of wonderful young people cycle through my life and on to live their fullest lives and I fully anticipate this will happen again and again. There is something to be said for being once removed from family where one can stamp their feet and empty their angst while filling their stomachs. I’d like to say I’ve perfected that particular method of being available.
Previously published in 2013:
She loves her Chinese food, me not so much. She has a million quips and quotes that somehow grew us up and we remember to this day. She is eighty three and like most people her age she concentrates on herself, some amazing survival instinct of the aged. She truly made a silk purse from a sow’s ear, she scrimped and saved and has a wonderful nest egg, me not so much but she is generous.
In the eight years since my Father passed we have become…something. Something more than we were and less than we will ever be. I have developed a certain respect for her charm, her ability to bring people to her and to make them feel…something. Loved, important, heard, special. She has a long line of people who will always remember how she made them feel. Including me.
But she and I couldn’t be more different in many ways. I am hopeful that I’ve been able to cultivate that ability of hers to bring people to me. Maya Angelou said today that her second greatest blessing has been her ability to turn people into children of hers. I’ve had a string of people that I believe turned into children of mine but have now moved on into wonderful and satisfying lives through new jobs, new relationships or reestablished relationships with their own mothers, and new…something.
You never really know the effect you’ve had on people, there are no Mother’s Day calls when people have taken your love and lessons and moved on to send those lessons into their own worlds. You can be grateful for the love and lessons you’ve received from a Mother you’re only now getting to know, love and respect. I am grateful for both the sending and the receiving.
Happy Mother’s Day to all.