Patron Saint of Ada

Happy birthday Mom! You wpuld have been 78 today. I think aboit what I would have bought you. You banned me from buying any more nik-naks…so probably some of your favorite shoes, or some books you wanted, some garden tools and flowers. Maybe even help you in the garden.

I have taken care of your plants, your house, your cats, your clothes, your belongings, dad….you. And I did it with complete honor and dedication. And I know even though you are not here, you are watching over me as my guardian angel. It has never been more evident than in the past few weeks. I have no doubt you kept many calamities from happening.

And now it is your birthday and I was trying to figure out how to celebrate it. I thought about going to a big dinner, and enjoying steak and wine. But then I settled in and decided on something different. So I went to the grocery store, got some wine, I got some ice cream. And then I went out on my back deck and I sat in the shade and I drank the wine and I ate the ice cream while watching the birds, and the squirrels, and the Chipmunks. I drank my wine while watching the cats.

Because it ocurred to me that while you did enjoy fine things in life, you are more about the little things in everyday life. You enjoyed the simple moments, the beautiful little perfect moments that would never make a history book, but that would always make you smile.

So that is how I celebrate your birthday with you today – By simply relaxing on the back deck noticing all the little beautiful things around me and being so thankful that I had you as a mother. I miss you more than you know and I will love you always. Happy birthday