The above painting is one I had commissioned by Charleston, SC artist Joyce Harvey as a gift to myself. I was not expecting it to be finished in time for Mother’s Day! (More on Joyce in a future post). It represents me and my sisters. It was inspired by a painting called “The Happy Tomato” done by my sister in law, Dr. Skin.
I know you are all thinking that today will be hard for me. It will be. Today is my first motherless Mother’s Day. It is also the 4 month anniversary of my mother’s passing.
In spite of that, today I choose to REJOICE! that I had such a fine mother, who gave me, along with my father, two wonderful sisters. They have sustained me mightily during this period. It is a shared grief and that makes it more tolerable. I also have a wonderful mother-in-law, Winnie, who gave me by ever-patient husband Mr. Understanding (he lives up to his name) and whose gentle presence has helped me heal. When I go to church today with my father Big Mike, I will REJOICE in his excellent taste in women; without him, there would be no mother. He too has been instrumental in my healing.
Finally, I give thanks today for the lumpy, bumpy, large and mugwumpy body that gave me three beautiful Things. They are glorious. Without a whole lot of loving Understanding, I would not be a mother.
The grieving for today was done earlier in the week and I am looking forward to homemade lemon blueberry buttermilk ricotta pancakes and an afternoon reading on the beach. It is a beautiful day and this is exactly what I want to do. May yours be equally satisfying, joyful, and glorious.