A Tootin’ My Horn Tuesday for Mom

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Mom with Juniorette Hall, both giving me the exact same look.

May has always been one of my favorite months…

The pollen’s been washed away and glorious blooms explode in my corner of the world. The Junior Halls brighten my deck with hanging planters on Mother’s Day and a week later, it’s my mom’s birthday, and I’m off to the beach with a hanging plant for my mom.

I’ll still head to the beach to remember Mom this year on her birthday, but the plant I bring will grace her spot at the cemetery instead. And this year, I’ll bring a copy of Sasee Magazine to my dad. I think he’ll enjoy reading about Mom and “The Dress”, a moment in my teenage years that I’m sure he knew nothing about.

Mom was the one I always confided in from the time I could talk. (I didn’t talk much outside my home when I was little; poor Mom had to listen to my nonstop chatter for years.) I miss talking to Mom but I’ve come to know my dad so much better–and that has been a blessing that I think Mom would enjoy.

I think she’d get a kick out of this story that’s in this month’s issue of Sasee, too.ย Though honestly, she probably wouldn’t remember that dress–or the depth of her kindness. An afternoon that meant so much to her daughter was just Mom being Mom.

Ah, well. As long as May brings flowers, it will also bring happy memories of Mom, and so happy May! May your month bloom with blessings, too!

(P.S. Speaking of blessings, friend Sioux Roslawski is also in this month’s issue of Sasee with “The Blessings of Being Chosen.” I know you’ll love it!)

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12 thoughts on “A Tootin’ My Horn Tuesday for Mom

  1. What a beautiful post, and wonderful story in Sasee…both of which nearly made me cry. Your mom sounds like such a special lady – who raised a funny, talented daughter. Happy Mother’s Day, Cath! Hope your deck is properly outfitted with lots of flowers by this time next week!

  2. Congratulations on your article in Sasee. Yes, your mom would be proud! And I like that perspective how you can get to know your father better.

  3. Cathy–

    Yeah, your mom probably thought that was an ordinary, normal day–nothing special about it–even though it meant the world to you…

    What a sweet tribute to your mother this post is. And I’m glad you’ve gotten to know your dad a little better. I think (in most families) it’s the mother who is the “head communicator,” so most fathers can kind of fade into the wallpaper as long as their wife is around.

    (And thanks for the link and the shout-out. I’m posting about the Sasee pieces–yours and mine–on Thursday.)

  4. Yep, it’s that way around here, too, Sioux. It’s funny, really, the way Mister Man will sit back while I listen, listen, listen–and he gets to go to bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I loved your Sasee feature–was so thrilled to see you there in the line-up with me!

    • Aw, thanks, Suzanne! She was always quoting Shakespeare, and one of her favorite lines was, “Be kind, fair maid, let him who will be clever.” So, yes, kindness was important to her. I think she taught me well!

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