Ernest, Catherine, Charles and Marguerite
This is Mum's high school graduation picture.
This photo is one of my favorites of my Mum, taken in 1984 when she was 69.
She loved the sun and would sit out and get a dark tan every summer!
I'm surprised she didn't get skin cancer but she always had nice skin
and a beautiful complexion.
Sadly, my Mum passed away in 1993 at the age of 78. She had Alzheimer's/dementia
and was in a nursing home for the last year and a half of her life. She didn't really know
us near the end which is such a terribly sad thing about this disease.
There are days when I miss her deeply. Early spring days when things are greening
up and trees are blossoming. Hot, hazy summer days. Beautiful fall colour days. Christmas time.
Every time I see a grove of birch trees or a pretty brook. Pretty countryside drives.
These were her favorite things.
Mum was a decorator in our home. She collected antiques, mostly family heirlooms, and loved
to change up the decor on a regular basis. I guess I inherited some of her decorating skills as
I enjoy decorating in my home too.
We lived in an upstairs flat in the city and Mum would plant flowers in the
window boxes on our front cement step and a few plants went in a small bed
between the 2 sets of front steps. She loved flowers, especially roses. We never
had a vegetable garden as their wasn't room in the small yard. I think she was quite
pleased that I got to live in the country and had a decent yard to plant flower gardens in.
This is our family, minus my older sister who was at college, taken around 1965.
That's me on the left. Don't you love the hair?? What was I thinking?
Mum is next to me, then my younger sister Margaret, my brother John, and my Dad.
I have many wonderful memories of my Mum and even though some of them are
dimming, such as her laugh and her voice, I always remember her smile.
My sisters say I laugh like her and sound like her though, but I don't hear myself.
My daughter, Jennifer, will be celebrating her very first Mother's Day
on Sunday. People say we look, laugh, talk and move alike. It's uncanny
sometimes. I can see it in her. I miss her being thousands of miles away!
I hope all of you mothers have a very blessed Mother's Day and that
you will be able to spend time with your loved ones in one way or another.
Maybe even by Skype!
My dear hubby and I are going on a short trip to Saint John tomorrow and Sunday.
We are going to shop and play tourist and I will have some pictures to post
early next week. I hope you come back to visit then.