Remembering Mom

Happy Mother’s Day, my friends!  I love this day.  It’s become my favorite holiday.  One, because I am a mom.  FavoritePixofMomTwo, because it requires no planning or execution from me.  I just sit back and received the love, praise and spoils from my babies, while Dad does the heavy lifting.  But for many years, fourteen to be exact, Mother’s Day was tough.  It was lonely.  I lost my mother when I was eighteen and was the only one of my friends in that position.  I’d be invited to celebrate with other families, but I just wasn’t comfortable.  I thought that being alone was sort of a penance, because when she died I was just getting over the teenage years and I wasn’t always very kind.   Those last few years were tough on our relationship.  She was sick and I was incredibly selfish.  I vacillated between being her champion and caregiver and being a resentful brat.

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What’s on your….?

In the last few months, I’ve immersed myself in the blogosphere as a means to learn how to be a better writer and blogger, to be inspired and to “meet” fellow bloggers.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there.  I often find myself lost in other people’s worlds and literally have to walk away from my desktop, in order to get any writing done!  (Writing tip – don’t bookmark favorite sites on your laptop, so that it’s extra work to find your favorite sites.)

Recently one of the blogs I follow, A Design So Vast, featured a meme about capturing right now (and referenced another blog, Ali Edwards, as the source of inspiration).  Check out both blogs, they’re wonderful.  I loved reading each writer’s answers, as well as the comments from their followers.  I wanted to feature the same meme on my blog.  This exercise reminded me of the spiral notebooks that were passed around in middle school.  On the first page, you’d pick a number and write your name, and then on each of pages that followed, there’d be a question for you to answer, by your designated number (favorite subject, favorite color, favorite song).  Do you remember those?

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