Years ago, as Mother’s Day was approaching,
I was thinking about my Grandmother . . . my mother’s mother.
I never met her. She passed away when my mom was just 16 years old.
I have always dreamed about how it would be like, to have spent time with her,
to have her tell me stories of my mom, when she was a young girl.
So I sat down one day and wrote her a letter.
A Mother’s Day letter, a tribute to my mom.
Today I am participating in a very special Mother’s Day Blog Hop sponsored by Balsam Hill
to celebrate wonderful moms or that special person who was a mother figure in your life.
I never knew you. You passed away when your daughter, my mother, was 16 years old.
Your daughter, my mother, was strong. . . . she still is.
She was the one that held me together when I fell to my knees when my dad suddenly died.
She was strong. I was not.
She made it through her teen years after you passed away,
helping to take care and raise her two younger brothers,
during the difficulties of wartime in Japan.
She sought advice and help from your sister, her aunt.
I never knew you, but I know your name . . . a beautiful name, Kyoko.
I want to thank you….for giving life to my mom, Michiko.
And, I want to thank you for appearing in my mom’s dream.
You appeared on a beautiful white elephant
and told your daughter to meet that handsome young American G.I.
who she met on a trolly and he asked her to meet him at the bridge
after work the next day.
You know your daughter was very hesitant.
She wasn’t going to meet him. Then you appeared in her dream.
You knew her destiny. Thank you Grandma.
And Grandma, I also thank you for inspiring me to be a most wonderful Grandma myself.
I wanted so much when I was young, to experience typical grandmother and granddaughter
things, like baking cookies or enjoying a cup of green tea with you.
To crawl in your lap and hear tales of the wonderful folklore of Japan.
I learned how to be the best Grandma from your daughter, my mother.
She is the best Grandmother and Great Grandmother to my son and granddaughter and
for that matter, she is that to all of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren
who all adore their Ichiban Grandma.
My son will never forget the wonderful memories he made with his grandmother.
Balsam Hill White Garden Rose Arrangement (Champagne bucket not included)
Like the time she taught him how to juggle with bean bags that they crafted together.
She taught him the true lessons of life. To be grateful, tolerant, forgiving.
To never hold a grudge. To help those who can never re-pay you.
To appreciate the simple pleasures of life, waking up each day and thankful to see the sun.
I thank you Grandma, for inspiring me to make beautiful memories with my granddaughter
and in turn, she will tell tales of me to her daughter or son,
of how she spent wonderful times with her Grandma.
I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day Grandma,
as I never had the opportunity to tell you in person.
I know you can hear me, every day . . .
alongside my dad, the love of my mom’s life, and she, his.
The “love” that you chose for your daughter in her dream
of you on that WHITE ELEPHANT.
I hope you enjoyed my letter to my Grandmother.
I treasure the time with my mother who is 92 years young.
When she visits me, she shall stay in this guest room and the arrangement
shown above of the Grace Rose and Peony Arrangement will be gifted especially to her
from the wonderful folks of Balsam Hill.
She will be thrilled!
Balsam Hill is offering our readers 10% off their
florals on top of another 10% off that is onsite. Use the coupon code of : mothersday2017
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Yesterday, the talented Courtney of French Country Cottage
presented a most beautiful mantel for her Mother’s Day Tribute.
I will be followed by these lovely ladies on Wednesday and Thursday:
Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful
Sarah of The Yellow Cape Cod.
Visit these fabulous ladies for more Mother’s Day inspiration!
Have a most beautiful day from me and my mom!