Celebrating Mothers

This weekend I hope you all enjoy Mother’s Day. Whether being celebrated or celebrating the women in your life who have been role models, I hope relaxation and enjoyment are on your agenda this Sunday.  This is my first Mother’s Day since Olivia was born; but it is also the first Mother’s Day since I lost my Mom.  It will be a great but bittersweet day I am sure.

In 1993, my mother gave me this book, Where’s Mom Now That I Need Her? I know the date because she signed it.  I was a junior in college at the time. I have lived in six homes since she gave it to me and I have always had it on-hand to reference for so many different reasons. A recipe, how to get a stain out of clothes, how to fix something or clean something.  I usually keep it somewhere in the kitchen or on a bookshelf in the living room. I used to call her after I used the book, to tell her that I had a question and this is what the book said to do. She always laughed. I think she was in disbelief that I actually used the book so much (or she was laughing at what little I knew and had to look up.)  I will always be glad I have this little how-to encyclopedia and that it will always remind me of my Mom.  One day, when Olivia is ready to move away from home, I can give it to her.


Besides Mother’s Day, graduation time is also upon us and this is a great gift for someone who is graduating and moving away from home.  It is a unique present and something that will be useful in a dorm room or new apartment.

For all the women out there who are mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, aunts, teachers, and nurses who care for children: Happy, Happy Mother’s Day.

And Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom.

5 thoughts on “Celebrating Mothers

  1. Nina says:

    Oh Maureen…. This post made me cry. As you know, I loved your mom. Thank you for introducing me to a new book! And, I love that you can give it to Olivia some day. Hope you have a lovely day remembering your fabulous mother and celebrate being just as fabulous as one to Olivia. xo

  2. leighalice says:

    Olivia is so lucky to have such wonderful traditions passed down thru you that your mom created. She is bound to be as thoughtful, insightful, and creative as you.

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