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.