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Friday, May 13, 2016

My mother expects me to call her twice a week, which I've done reasonably consistently for the last umpteen years. During the second half of April, she instructed me several times not to send her flowers for Mother's Day, and to send her a card. This is because I usually forget to buy a card in time for international post to take its 1.5 weeks for delivery, and order her flowers at the last minute.

But this year I found her a card - oh boy did I. The soccer kid and I found her a bright colorful noisy card - it was oversized, and when opened a big folded butterfly rose, and a cheerful song chimed loudly. It's a bit startling, having so much happen upon opening the card. And because I didn't know if the postal service would mangle an envelope so large, I also bought a smaller, more sedate and classy card, with glitter and flowers to please my Mom's girlish heart.

And of course neither card got to my mother in time. She received the small card on Monday, and called me up excitedly. She read the words aloud in her halting English, so pleased with herself. She giggled over the glitter. And then another day later, the large card showed up. And another phone call, and this time my Mom could not help laughing aloud. "I was so scared when I opened it up," she marveled, "it was so loud and still so beautiful! I'm going to show all my friends!" And then she spent the next hour telling me old stories about her and her friends, and made me laugh. My Mom is almost 80, but sometimes I think her heart is younger and more carefree than mine.
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    It's great that you maintained the element of surprise by not asking during her first phone call if your mom had received only one card. That way, the second more dramatic one must have had an even bigger impact.

    Sending those special cards was such a thoughtful, sweet thing for you and your daughter to do--a good memory for three generations of fun-loving girls!
    1802 days ago
  • DAWNSUCCESS
    This is perfect. I love this.
    1803 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15145828

    That is so very sweet. I love that your mother asks for seemingly so little, and enjoys it so very much. So cute!
    1803 days ago
  • SOOZIEQUE55
    Its so nice to hear that your mom really enjoyed the Mother's Day cards. She will think of you each time she looks at them and shares them with her friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1803 days ago
  • EBENTLEY-
    I loved this post. It had me smiling ear to ear!
    1803 days ago
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