Tuesday, November 16


She used to be young.

Her much loved 'state' plates.

We ALWAYS knew where the scissors were.
Right in this cabinet.
And they always smelled good.
How in the world did my mom make every day scissors smell good?

If there was a flat surface, it deserved a doily.
If there was a pillow, there was a home-made case for it.

CLOTH table cloths, pretty pot-holders.
She has stuff from when I was a kid that she still uses.
It's because she took care of things.
She was actually very gentle on everything.

She sent this home with me.
We've had these cactus ever since I can remember.
In some kind of pot.
Kansas winters mean she has to bring her plants in....
she said she couldn't carry this one in anymore.
It was too heavy.

A stool full of hen and chicks.
Why not?

She now owns a new-fangled camera.
I hope she enjoys it.

I love you mom.

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of birds in the sunny weather.
Hundreds of dew-drops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one Mother the wide world over.


Rebecca said...

I absolutely love this post (and I know I'd love your mother, too)! The picture of jacks at the top brought back a lot of memories....and I'm trying to figure out how a scissors could smell "good"?!?

Kansas. I was born there. Hutchinson.

Sheri Hepworth said...

How very sweet. That's a lovely tribute to your mom.

Chas said...

Aww, Mrs. Mo! What a lovely tribute for your Mom! That is the PERFECT plant for my toilet in my yard. Hens and Chicks! Thanks for the idea! I will be making sure to put some in there soon.
I love the little shorty cacti they are sweet!
Hope everything is swell in your neck of the woods, er.. uh, beach! <3

Mrs. Mobunny said...

My sister lives in the Hutchinson area. We shopped and ate there on my visit. Had a lovely day. I love Kansas.....but I love Texas more.

ancient one said...

Wonderful post! What a tribute to your gentle mama. You are so blessed!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That was a precious post. My hubby is a Kansas native born in Wellington and raised in Wichita.

Grammie Kim said...

A rare picture, Mo. I don't know if I have ever seen one of you and your mom. Loved the post. I like the Hens and Chicks, but not the little cacti. Sorry...I know YOU do, and that's what counts.

You are my bb.

Dee said...

Your memories of your mom are a real tribute to her. To see the little things and carry them in your heart like you do is a blessing for you.♥