Sunday, May 13, 2007

This Post is to You Mom....

Mom and Michael on his birthday.

Mom and me....oh I was a little fatty!

My favorite picture of Mom and me!

21 long years its been.

I understand now, so much that I didn't while I was a young "know it all."

We would make great partners today, you and I. If you could only see what I do for a living today, I know you would be proud. I remember years and years ago, when I was a teen, and walked out into the garage. You had tables set up, with all of our "stuff" on it. "What's going on?" I asked you. You told me you were having a garage sale. I was horrified! (Garage sales were not commonplace then.) How could you let the whole world know that we need money so bad you are selling our stuff? Smart a** teenager is what I was. Now, I shop approx 100 garage sales, estate sales, and auctions a week, looking for lovelies for my website and auctions. I wish you were here to say "I told you so!"

I am so very sorry, I lost you when I was too young, too caught up in my own worries to really get to know you. If I could do it all again, I would be proud to shop the sales with you mom, and even have our own sale.

I would love to sit and have coffee and chat. Go shopping. Oh mom, you could really teach me a thing or two about gardening, I struggle with it so. You had the magic touch when it came to gardening, just like everything else. I look back now, it seems everything you did was perfect. At least in my eyes it was. I just wish I realized it then. I am so sorry. I see women complain about their mothers "driving them crazy." I want to scream at them…how I wish you were here to drive me crazy…to see my boys grow up into responsible, handsome young men.

We were struggling when you and dad were raising our family…yet, you never let us do without. We had the most wonderful Christmases…the most wonderful birthdays. You were at our school plays, you yelled at the umpires when they made a bad call at our softball games. When I was about to be a new mother, you were at my door every Saturday with new maternity clothes you made me. You helped me decorate my first apartment. You did handstands to make my babies laugh when they were sick and crying. You taught me to sew, embroider, crochet, knit, cook, clean and love….I just didn't realize it then. I realize it know. I owe you so very much, and since I didn't tell you then, I'm telling you now...right here for all the world to see.

I know you are in heaven for you are an Angel. I hope to see you there someday, we have so very much to catch up on. Just when I began to appreciate you, I lost you.

I miss you terribly, now more than ever and more each and every year that passes.

I never said it enough so I'm saying it now....I love you Mom!

Happy Mother's Day!

And to all my blogger friends, if your mother drives you crazy, please, appreciate her and put up with it...for someday she will no longer be here to drive you crazy.


cityfarmer said...

So true...Happy Mother's Day!!!

She'sSewPretty said...

I love my mom. Your post touched me today! Thank you and bless you today!

Lisa said...

That's just beautiful. I think that Heaven has internet so I'm sure your Mom read this today and is very proud of the woman that you are.
Bless your heart, hope you're having a nice Mom's Day!

Deb said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother! I sometimes complain about mine, but honestly I don't know what I'd do without her....the one person I can always count on for support. As we are both getting older I treasure every moment with her now.

Hugs to you,

OhSoVintage said...

I'm so sorry you lost your mum at such a young age but I'm sure she knew how much you did love and appreciate her. Thankyou for reminding us how very special mums are. I'm sure yours would be, and is, very proud of you.

Sentimental Roses said...

Awww Bless you heart!! What a beautiful touching tribute to your mother! I am sure she is watching down and is very proud!! Thank you for sharing her with us!!


FourSistersInACottage said...

Your post made me cry....I have a few of those know it all teenagers and know NOW what it is like to be on both ends of that stick.....both the smarter than you teenager and the Mother who now has those teenagers.
Thanks so much for sharing and I KNOW YOUR MOM IS PROUD OF YOU!!!
Hugs, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Sugar Bear said...

Oh that is so lovely! I am tearing up. I'm quite sure your mother is smiling from above and very aware of all of your accomplishments and what a wonderful woman you became.

Claire said...

Hi Arlene! Just wanted to let you know that I finaly posted the 7 weird things tag!

Sharon@C'est Chouette said...

oh Arlene~ huggs huggs huggs~ I miss my Mother too. I wish she could be here to see my daughter graduate next week. And watch as my children go out into the world with the caring attitude they inheirited from her~ and the stubborness. said...

What a sweet Mother's Day posting, and I know just how you feel.

I'll be back in ten days, I dont' know if I'll be able to post during my trip or not, I will try. Thanks for the kind thoughts!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a touching post! You got me with the tissues now...sniff.

That was such a great memory of your Mom...she is proud of you, you know that. You have become exactly what she hoped you would!

xo Lidy

Jan said...

Hi Arlene~
I haven't been visting my favorite blogs this week and just read your tribute to your mom. I too lost my mom at a very young age and can relate to so much that you said and said so beautifully. I believe that when God calls our mothers home at an early age He takes care of us in other ways that we can only see as we get older and look back over our lives. What a joy it will be to be reunited one day!!

Roxie said...

Arlene, I just read this post. I can't stop the tears from flowing, and they are flowing fast. I can't help but admit that I am not real close with my mom, but after reading this post, I am going to call her tomorrow morning. Her and I were very close when I was growing up, I don't know where it went wrong. I don't care about any of that right now, I'm calling her to tell her that I love her. I know I would be sad if she wasn't here on this earth anymore, so I need to tell her that.
Thank you for the inspiration and very beautiful words of your mother, she sounds like an amazing woman.

javagirl1111 said...

That was lovely.

cityfarmer said...

Been missn ya...we HAVE to connect......I'd love to show you my garden.....

IsabellasCloset said...

Oh my how I cried when I read your post.. How very lovely! I'm sure your Mother is smiling down on you. Just bet she is very proud of you and your post. God bless you both :-} ~Mary~

Meg said...

What a beautiful post. I know your mom must know how you feel. Thank you for writing was wonderful to read. Blessings to you.