Friday, October 24, 2008


(Queen Anne's Lace)


So many things remind me of different parts of my life. Sometimes it is an object, other times a place, and even smells - can send me careening back to another time and place. ALWAYS - this trip to the past generates poignant, nostalgic feelings!

Many things remind me of my mother. She loved birds, trees, flowers, gardening, cooking, dressing up, going out, having friends over, throwing parties, and many other things.

I remember the pansies she planted each year on the side of the house. She would point out their faces that peeked up at us. This delighted me so much.

She and my Dad always grew roses outside our family room window. In the same general planting area, they also grew tomatoes that were picked ripe and deep red - always a favorite at our table.

Later on when I was grown and had moved away, she would always cut flowers from her garden and put them on display whenever I would visit. She would have flowers in vases and others floating in water. She loved arranging flowers. She loved pleasing those who would enjoy looking at them.

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE was one of her all time favorites. Whenever we traveled by car, she would always point out the lacy flowers that grew along the side of the road. I can't see Queen Anne's Lace without thinking of her.

One of my favorites that had also been one of her's was the Weeping Willow Tree - I always called it the "tree with lines". Beautiful memories. My mother has been gone more than 10 years, but I feel like she's near right now. "Hi Mom".

This blog could get "very" long if I let it - if I went beyond my mother's love of flowers in my memory. I'm going to limit it to these memories for now. I will head for bed with a smile on my face and in my heart.

Thank God for mothers. Thank God for memories.

Photo Credit: Anne Abrams


AlkySeltzer said...

"M" is for the me-mor-ies she gaaave me...."

Zanejabbers said...

Good ole memories are treasures of the heart and mind.

Anonymous said...

This made me smile, inside and outside. Thank you for sharing.

Syd said...

Your memories are similar to mine. My mother loved flowers and knew how to arrange them too. She liked the wild flowers on the road. And I remember Queen Anne's lace as one that she loved. Good warm memories.

pat said...

What a thoughtful post and a tribute to your mom.