Sunday, May 10, 2009

let it be

last year on mother's day I wrote that according to tibetan buddhist thought each of us has been a mother. so a very happy mother's day to each and every one of you!

this year I am happy to say that I am among those most blessed individuals, who in spite of being on the dark side of 50, my mother is alive and well!

I went down to visit my mom and dad last weekend to help celebrate my mom's 84th birthday. I sometimes debate which weekend to go south to visit my folks - my mom's birthday or mother's day and my mom's birthday seems to always win out. part of my own personal ritual for celebrating these two special days is to get flowers and veggies and plant them for my mom to enjoy in the days and months ahead. this year mom cautioned me to not go overboard and to control the number of plants that I bring home. I never thought of it before but planting a garden at someone's house can be a bit of like giving someone a white elephant. my mom's days are full taking care of my dad, who I am happy to report is still with us. unlike my mom, my dad is quite frail and benefits from having as many 'mothers' around as possible (in the tibetan buddhist sense) ...

by the way, this time I did listen to my mom, and I didn't go overboard - although I did put in four tomato plants instead of her requested 'only two'....how could I resist the varieties of heirlooms at their local farmer's market!

neither of the songs I had hoped to use today - susan mckeown's mother of mine or natalie mcmaster's mom's jig are available on youtube. however, last night lin dropped in to take matilda home and I asked her what song came to her mind with the prompt 'motherhood.' without missing a beat she replied 'let it be.' thanks lin, I think you are right, this beautiful tribute mccarthy wrote to his mom may be the ultimate mom song!


speaking of beautiful tributes to mothers make sure you read connie schultz's beautiful tribute to her mom which appears in today's pd.




photos: top - lily of the valleys transplanted last year from my grandpap's garden to my own; bottom - my mom and some her flowers, may 2009

11 comments:

Candie Bracci said...

I join you to say happy mother's day to all!
:)

ArtSparker said...

My parents have the same situation in reverse. What a wonderful thing to do for Mother's Day.

Sandra Leigh said...

lin was right - Let It Be is perfect. Thank you, and happy mother's day to you, too.

R.L. Bourges said...

lovely bouquet of tributes, kimy. Happy Mother's Day to you, also.

tut-tut said...

And lillies of the valley were my grandmother's favorite. She even had a scent she wore.

Baino said...

My mother is no longer around, I miss her terribly, even moreso on Mother's Day but fortunately, my children make it pretty spesh. Happy Mother's day to you and yours as well.

rosedale's 4 head said...

oh, kimy, this is a lovely post. 84 years old ain't no joke...bow down...as my gr. grand would say at 92, "i've lived enough for you and yours...so go own now..."

her daughter, my 81 year old great Auntie, still living...used to give my gr. grand a water melon for Mother's day and begonias....your post reminded me of this...(again)

as for your paps...many thoughts, well wishes and blessings to him...sounds like he is in the best of hands...

BTW: Happy Mother's Day to you too...

Merle Sneed said...

Lucky you. My mom has been gone 21 years now. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Megan said...

Hi, momma mouse! May you stand so cheerfully for many years to come!

Brian Miller said...

hope that you had a great mothers day!

Lover of Life said...

You sound like you have a wonderful mother, and she a daughter.