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Second Sunday in May

Sunday, May 12, 2019

It isn’t raining. We are the lucky ones because floods dominate the headline here in the east. Lake Ontario is at it’s highest level in years and sandbagging has already been in progress along the boardwalk. So many are holding their breath now - will more rain fall ? The ground is saturated along Montreal’s western shores. And everyone is waiting for some sun. There are reports we are in for another ten days at least of grey skies. What a sharp contrast to our time in Hawaii. The trees here have begun to bloom in kind of a green haze. There are a few dazzling magnolias in full bloom, yellow bushes here and there, but let’s face it, it’s a dismal scene. What to do in this depressing landscape ? Start to buy plants for my balcony. No flowering ones as yet, I haven’t decided what I want . I’m toying with orange, and have my eye on a few but today stayed with herbs, lavender, and arugula. With any luck I will get them into pots tomorrow. If the rain holds off. It is Mother’s Day already. Though I do value motherhood, fatherhood, and whatever other commercially fabricated holiday, it seems so contrived. And commercialized. Be sure to call Mom on her special day... buy flowers, find a fancy card, take her for a buffet lunch. It just seems silly to me. My mother died soon after the birth of my younger son. We were close and enjoyed spending time together. I was not ready to loose her so soon. Mother’s Day was calm at our home. We bought her a modest gift, and always a box of cherry chocolates. There was no agonizing about what to do on Mother’s Day. We valued her every day. We knew we were lucky to have her because she helped everyone. She was extraordinary. She taught us how to bake, how to knit, brought family and sometimes strangers into our home til they found jobs, got their lives together. There was often someone living in our basement... and new people welcomed at our table. That was my mother. Not the greatest cook, but a remarkable woman. So tomorrow I will get calls and texts. There will be no buffet. We may get those orange begonias to ward off the grey Toronto gloom. I will call my sister. I’ve already spoken to Runnergirl, who is expecting her second child. Might buy a bunch of tulips for our dinner table. I wish you all a lovely day, mother or not. And I hope we all dry out soon.
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    I hope you all dry out soon too. Rain has been in and out of our forecast for this week. So we shall see. Adding some cheer with plants is wonderful! The orange begonias sound like they'd be nice. Glad you have such wonderful memories of your mother.
    163 days ago
    Lovely in both meanings of the word - great story & full of love emoticon
    164 days ago
    You mom sounds wonderful. And I agree with you about how commercial mother’s day has become.
    The orange begonias and flowers pots sound cheerful.
    164 days ago
    I am grateful that my mom is still around. She may not be the happiest person around, she is still my mom and I love her dearly even though she sometimes makes me crazy. LOL... Some orange begonias sound like just the ticket to brighten up the gloomy days. I hope sunshine comes your way soon. Happy Mother's Day to you and big hugs always!
    164 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day... emoticon
    164 days ago
    My Mama died almost 2 yrs. ago. MOther's Day was always a day to just be with Mom . . . didn't matter what we did, because we treasured her the other days of the year, too. Those memories are treasures for sure.

    164 days ago
    I agree, holidays are very commercialized anymore. Something to make a buck. You gave a beautiful tribute to your mother here and it didn't cost a thing!
    164 days ago
    Rain seems to be everywhere. People in NE are still reeling from our flooding. Soooo many lost everything, we lost 35 bridges in the state. It will take years to rebuild. Sigh...many other areas are experiencing unprecedented rainfall and flooding for the ages. Awful.

    As for Moms, commercialized day or whatever, a good mom is priceless. We deserve celebration for the trillion ways we love on ours and do the thankless tasks that make family life hum. I am blessed my Mom is still alive, I cannot imagine the world without her. She is that special.

    Happy Mother’s Day, GG. May your day be filled with all that makes you happiest.
    164 days ago
    Happy Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing.
    164 days ago
    I'm glad you have good memories of your Mom.
    164 days ago
    Mothers and daughters share a special bond :)
    164 days ago
    Yes, Mother’s should always be appreciated. I lost mine at 29, nearly ten years before my daughter was born, but I always told her about her grandmother. I think about her every day and wish she could have been alive to enjoy her youngest granddaughter, as they would have been great friends.
    Have a great day!
    164 days ago
    I always say you should appreciate you mum EVERY day of the year, not just when the cards become available.
    I see you love plants and flowers to adorn your home too. Get some thyme for the box, the scent is amazing.

    164 days ago
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