Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, motherhood is so sentimentalized we forget the day-in-day-out chores of motherhood. Now that I'm a mother myself, I know how unglamorous it can sometimes be, stuck with a couple of kids - kids who are so absorbed and delighted with scooping sand into buckets that they don't even know you're there.

I love this photo of my mother. Just steps away from her chair, my brother and I were playing in a sandbox, busy busy busy.

I don't know what her thoughts were. Was she bored? Dreaming? Was she wondering why she, a recent college graduate in Chemistry, was now sitting by a sandbox watching two toddlers? Was she simply relaxed, caught in between smiles or words? Was she wishing someone not take her picture?

But there she is. Watching us play. Committed to being our Mom, through all the dull moments and all the sweet ones.

Mom and Brother S., working on a crossword puzzle together.

We're just more fun to play with now.


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a charming post -

Happy Mother's Day!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...


Anonymous said...

I wonder too what she was thinking in that picture. I don't have kids of my own (maybe someday) and I guess I am naive in a sense I'm still excited of the "what-is-to-be . . . if and when" :-)

I do commend mother's because it is hard work and I realize the responsibility it must be molding this little child. And still, when we (children) are hard-headed at times, your love never wavers.

Happy Mother's Day G!

Woman in a Window said...

And clearly, she is the one instructing on the crossword. I love it. And I love that first photo of her. Why did everyone then have such good legs?

Jason, as himself said...

You're so lucky to have her around to enjoy you grown-up kids!

Gilly said...

I think your Mother was just glad to sit down!!

She looks a lovely mother!

phd in yogurtry said...

I wondered the same as I looked at that picture of your mother. What was she thinking? She looks a little more than pensive, I agree.

Kate said...

Love the photographs and love the commentary. I truly believe that crossword puzzles and the like keep an aging brain sharp. Your mother sounds amazing. You and your family are blessed.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it was a combination of all of the above? I often feel some of those very same thoughts, all at once.

Happy Mother's Day! I hope it was a good day for you. :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a sweet Mother's Day post!!
to add to Woman in a Window's comment-- and nice waistlines too!

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Yes, I have to agree with kcinnova, all things all at once causes me to look like that.

Exhaustion, wonder, amazement, guilt, sadness, loss and tender, sweet, fantastic, everlasting love (how did it happen so completely, so entirely and so quickly).