Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother, You Were Right

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                                                                                    Today

        In the words of my mother , I ‘am worn to a frazzle’.  She would be proud of what I have done in the last week, and I am not done yet. 

        I am adding to my list every single day with her determination.

        In fact, if she were still here, she would have pulled in my driveway multiple times to see how things were progressing and to offer her help and advice.

        We would have made a round in the yard looking at things.

        As the mother of adult daughters, I now understand the struggle of figuring out how to say something, about anything,  if at all -the struggle of realizing that equally empowered , independent young women, with their own ideas , are staring back at you .

        Because I had my own drive and determination knocking at the door, I didn’t always say what I can say now.

                                                                           Time Travel

Me:  “Mother, you were right.”

                                                                           Today

        It’s just that when May hits and my birthday nears , I think daily of my mother and her fearless determination.

        Right about this time, 59 years ago, when she was just 19, she and my father were trying to get back to South Texas – from deep in Mexico where he had been working as a cattle inspector- for me to be born.

        She was determined.

        I want to be that mother. 

        My mother taught me that.

        Yet, the amazing contradiction in all of this determination is that she also taught me that taking the time, ever so often, to take a shower, wear a gown or robe all day, and stay in my house is just what I need to do.

                                                                           Time Travel

Me:  “Mother , you were right.”

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22 comments:

Sharon@keeninspirations said...

This touched my heart, as have some of your other posts about your Mom. My Mom has been gone 11 years now, and there are many times I still wish I could tell her something or share something with her...and my birthday is in May as well!
I love your furniture in the first picture.
Have a blessed Mother's Day!

The Stylish House said...

Laura,
It's nice you were close to your mother and enjoyed her company. It's a good reminder to cherish our loved ones and let them know how we feel.
Cathy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

My mom has been gone for 10 years. I still do things, or go places, and wonder "what would mom think".

Karen@Table, Hearth and Home said...

What a lovely soul you have Laura! The boundless wisdom in your post brought me to tears. I always look forward to seeing what's next with you!

Julie Harward said...

Mothers are...always right, at least mine was, and I want to be all that she was and more! What a gift is a good mother! Come say hi :D

Debra@Common Ground said...

Your energy amazes me, so I see you take after your momma. And I have pajama days. Sometimes we just need a day off. Have a wonderful Mother's Day dear Laura!
love,
Debra

Jojo said...

It's so wonderful that you focus on the gifts your mother gave you and I'm sure you will pass them on to your children.

Happy Mothers' Day. Enjoy your day of rest and renewal.

Theresa said...

I can relate to all of this! I miss my Mama and I was born on Mother's Day:) If she were here, she would be walking around my yard looking at all of my flowers with me! Oh to go back in time for "just one more hug"! Time Travel:) Hugs and have a blessed day dear Laura!

Deb said...

Nice post Laura...Happy Mother's Day....your daughters are lucky to have you...

June said...

Laura, your wisdom always speaks to me and I so identify with this post about mothering. You just have a way of writing it down. Always beautiful writing, always a beautiful message.
Thank you dear one, you make your momma proud.
hugs

Always Nesting said...

Oh, Laura, I love this post.What a beautiful testament to your mom's legacy of will and strength that lives on forever in you and your daughters.

Chatty Crone said...

My mom has been gone for 7 years. My mother was so right too in so many ways.

Beautiful blog.

sandie

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

There is something almost magical between a mother and daughter... a bond so fine and so strong. Fierce.

Love your sharing about your own mom... I think you were both very blessed.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Lovely post. Amazing how right our mothers were. I feel the same way about my mom. Hoping my daughter feels this way about me some day.

bella said...

Hi, Laura, It's so nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'll be back to visit soon.
Have a Blessed Mother's Day
Sue

Claudia said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mom.

xo
Claudia

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I was misty eyed by the end of your post; after reading through the comments (yeah, I'm one of those readers) I've got huge tears running down my cheeks. As someone else who misses their mom and thinks of her often, I know exactly where your heart is right now. Have a wonderful mother's day and I hope you leave your daughters the same kind of legacy your mom left you!
There is no place I feel closer to my parents than in my garden, maybe that's why I spend so much time there.

Marguerite said...

Beautiful tribute to your mother, Laura. Mine has been gone for nine years and I still and always will miss her terribly. Have a very Happy Mother's Day, cher!

Mimi said...

What a sweet tribute to your mother.

Sarah said...

Laura, this is such a beautiful statement about who you are and your mother. It is very touching! Thank you for sharing these words and that beautiful photo of your parents.

Dixie said...

Mom is always right... ;)

sewingseeds4U said...

Laura, there are tears in my eyes...my mom is 76 years old and can still out work most women I know. She has given my grit, determination and love of family and heritage. I am blessed she is still here with me and her tenacity never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

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