My mother has always been the live wire in our family. If there is mischief going on, she is at the center of it. Humor is a gift she has and uses frequently…you just don’t want to sit with her in church as she will always get you tickled about something. I often joke and say that my Dad raised three children and Mom.
Mom, or Mimi as her grandchildren call her, always looks for the best in people. What a gift that is. She can always recognize when you need a pat on the back, a kind word of encouragement, or just need to eat a piece of cake (sometimes a whole cake if the conversations take a long time).
My granddaughter Amelia seems to be following in Mimi’s footsteps. She is three and already enjoys humor in her daily conversations. She is another one you don’t want to sit with in church. Isn’t it amazing the things we pick up from people we admire and love? If you are full of laughter and enjoy life it is contagious and people are attracted to you.
I run into people all the time who tell me how much they love my mom and dad. “They are hilarious” is the usual quote. When situations seem to weigh me down, one good lunch at Cracker Barrel with them will fix it.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mother. She turns her time and attention to the things that matter in life. My mother served as one of the many sources of inspiration I gathered for my newest book, Bouquets of Love. I authored this quote-filled memory journal to pay homage to the things Mom spends her time on daily—family, friendship and faith. I had always wanted to pull together a collection of quotes, thoughts, prayers, and dreams about the important women in life, and now it’s finally coming full circle.
Bouquets of Love is for granddaughters, daughters, daughters-in-law, and moms, and it celebrates the bouquets of love that each brings to our lives daily.
There is a prayer I wrote for her in the book. I’d love to share the final verse with you:
At the end of my life, if I have been half the mother she is,
My children will have been lucky.
Her love knows no limit and is unconditionally given.