Mother's Day is a time we set aside to tell that special woman in our lives how much we care about her and appreciate the things she has done for us since we were born.
I lost my mother to lung cancer about 25 years ago. One of the things I miss the most about my mother was when we would go shopping together. She always wanted me to try on things that she liked and really thought would look great on me. These items were usually what looked great on her but I would try them on to make her happy. "I don't really like it, Mom", says I. "I'll buy it for you", says she. And so it would go....my mother had excellent taste and really loved good quality fabrics and tailoring, we just didn't share the same style.
It was still a blast to shop with my mom - we used to go to The Bird Cage at Lord & Taylor or to Garfinckle's for lunch as a pick-me-up from shopping. I miss the joy of the one on one contact that we used to have when we would shop and dine together. My mother was taken from me way too soon. I would have loved for her to take my daughter, Arianne, shopping, I know they both would have taken pleasure in those interactions :)
I have never know a greater joy than the birth of my daughter, Arianne; she is engaging and a constant delight. Arianne is now grown and my life has been immeasurably enriched by her grace and intelligence. I am proud to be her mother.
I wish joy to all mothers, grandmothers, & step-mothers out there. (Oh, and dads that are "mom", as well.)