Sunday, May 8, 2011
Happy Mother's Day from the Home (water)Front
So I could tell she was nervous about having Sadie in for dinner. And I was touched to see her thoughtfulness and her nurturing emerge when Sadie confided that liver and onions was a favourite meal from her childhood. Apparently Sadie, for whatever reason, couldn't manage to cook this properly, and Mom knew herself to be quite capable, at least theoretically, since she'd managed it nicely many, many times (not always to an appreciative audience, liver and onions not being your average kids' favourite weeknight dinner!). Because of the encroaching MCI, Mom has been a receiver rather than a giver more often than not over the last few years. And while she's earned this many times over (and while there are certainly exceptions -- mention that you like her brooch and there's a good chance you'll be wearing it home, especially if you're a grand-daughter!) . . . I love to see evidence that the nurturing Mother of my childhood is still there. And I know that the Giving makes her feel just as good as the Receiving.
But I'd be remiss if I didn't add to that musing the richness that is watching one's own child become a mother. My eldest, Bronwen, is doing such a wonderful job with our charming Nola, and I wish her a Happy Mother's Day as well.
And I've come back to add a little note: My daughter-out-of-law, Joey, was the first one to call and wish me a Happy Mother's Day this morning, completely independent of her partner, my son. She called early, on her way to work, and she reminded me of how much my children's partners have enriched my life and made me an even happier mother. And reminded me that I've also been blessed with a loving mother-in-law, whom we will be calling shortly. Thanks, Joey -- love you!
To all of you then, Mothers and Mother-ed, a Happy Mother's Day. May Home and Peace be one for you!