Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Mom

This past Saturday would have been my mother's 80th birthday. 

I've had an emotional few days and I don't really think I'm up for discussing my feelings concerning her milestone birthday, so instead, I will just share a fun story about her. 

As long as I can remember, we have had this large turkey platter in our family. My mother gave it to me a couple of years before she died. I remembered there was some funny story attached to the platter, but when she gave it to me, I asked my mom to remind me of the details. 

It seems that when my aunt and uncle moved to the city, they needed to open a bank account. So one day my mom and my aunt went to the bank to get things started. As luck would have it, the bank was giving away some lovely dishes with all new accounts. My aunt collected her dishes, and my mother, being… well… my mother, batted her big brown eyes at the banker and informed him she felt she should get something for the referral. 

The banker dug around and found this platter. It's very cheap, and a little gaudy, and I love it with all my heart, and can't wait to pull it out every Thanksgiving.  I hope one day to be able to pass it down to one of my children, along with that story. 

Happy birthday Mama. I love you, and I miss you terribly. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Reflections

Wow! February already. 

It seems I have unintentionally taken a little break from writing.

There hasn't been much going on in my life, which is good. I feel I have a lot on my mind. The holidays are over, I have been thinking about income tax returns, vacations I hope to take this year, tuition, and the overall state of the union at my house. 

This has been an unusually cold and snowy winter. It has made me want to rush home from work and crawl under the covers in front of the fireplace. In our area we have been spoiled by exceptionally mild winters the past few years. Now that we are having a hard one, everyone seems to be challenged to cope.

I suppose what I am trying to say is, while my mind is full of things I need to be doing, my body wants to be lazy. I don't feel I have been productive, and there are so many things that need to be done all around me. Hoping to find some balance soon.