Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. I thought about it the other day and how this would be the first year I would not receive something from you. You and LuAn were wonderful each year bringing me flowers and plants for Mother’s Day and my birthday combined. I thought about not receiving my plants this year, but I have a special garden planted for you in our front yard.
This picture is an early photo of my endeavor. Please note I have your little Pittsburgh Steelers guy standing in the display. (No, please do not worry. I do not leave him out there or the others. They are there for the picture alone! They would not be standing there in the morning if I left them out there permanently. I might be receiving letters and post cards from them from strange parts of the world!) A more updated picture of your memorial garden looks like this:
We’ve had several blizzards since you left us, so this garden has undergone a number of changes. Please note that in addition to the tiny Kansas City Royals figure (your favorite baseball team), I added a Colorado Rockies weather gnome. I think he will keep us informed of approaching blizzards and hopefully, we won’t have any more this season! Please note that I planted the Easter Lily in your garden that we had dedicated in your memory in church Easter Sunday. I hope it will come up again next year, but this is a practice I plan to continue. I think you will recognize the columbine plants you gave me for Mother’s Day and my birthday two years ago. They are blooming since I took this picture.
I have been sick with a cold the last week–a terrible cold! I haven’t had a cold like this since the days when I was teaching college classes! You remember those days! Students would drag into class with every bug imaginable and pass it on to me! I would sneeze and cough forever! (You are so fortunate not to have to deal with colds any more! Thank goodness mine is almost over!)
So, what is it like now that you are in Heaven? I wonder about the people you have met there. I was working on my DNA matches on Ancestry the other day, and I wondered how many of those people you have met. I’m sure they have told you some amazing stories since they were such colorful characters. There was never a dull minute in their lives. Now you can see why you had a thirst for adventure. Remember my book? We are all the “sum total” of our ancestors!
Speaking of adventure, there is something I would like to take up with you. I was feeling a little blue earlier because this is the first Mother’s Day I would miss your gift. And while I was feeling sorry for myself, all at once, the idea of a Mother’s bracelet sprang into mind. I brushed it aside at first, but it kept coming back. And it wasn’t any time at all before I was on eBay, searching for Mother’s bracelets. Only one caught my fancy. I put it on my watch list and went about my business, but I kept thinking about it. Something kept urging me to buy it. And wouldn’t you know? That’s what I finally did. I have a picture of it at the beginning of this letter. It is coming all the way from New Jersey, so it may not arrive until next week. That’s all right since the plants I received from you were for Mother’s Day and my birthday. So this is for both as well. I guess it has already shipped. Wouldn’t it be funny if the post office delivers it on Saturday? Maybe I shouldn’t get so anxious. I could write a huge book about my experience with the post office and packages! I will certainly look forward to its arrival. If it gets here Saturday, I can wear it to church Sunday!