Hello Dear Readers!
Happy Monday and
Happy Monday Morning Blooms Day!
It’s a most beautiful Monday, when I and
my wonderful flower loving friends,
Lidy, Mary and Pam,
share our love for flowers,
every 1st and 3rd Monday
of the month, hoping to bring some of
that love to you for inspiration.
Today we pay tribute to Mothers.
Mother’s Day can certainly be both
joyous and bittersweet as we celebrate
our Mothers in person or in our hearts.
Today I bring you,
My letter to the Grandmother I never met.
Dear Grandma ~ A Tribute To Mom With Flowers
This first image depicts the simplicity
in which my mother lives by.
The links and images to my fellow
Monday Morning Blooms friends
are at the bottom of this post.
If my mom were visiting,
this is the flower arrangement
she would appreciate, simple, not fussy.
So the guest room is ready
and waiting for her.
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Years ago, as Mother’s Day
was approaching, I was thinking
about my maternal grandmother.
I never met her. She passed away
when my mom was only 16 years old.
I have always dreamed about
what it would be like to have
spent time with her.
To have her tell me stories
of when my mom was a young girl.
So I sat down and wrote a letter.
A Mother’s Day letter ~ A tribute to my mom.
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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 died…she was strong….I was not.
She made it through her teen years as she sought advice
and help from your sister, her beloved aunt.
She helped raise her younger brothers
in times of much difficulty . . . the War.
I never knew you….but I know your name..
a beautiful name….Kyoko.
I want to thank you for giving birth to my mom, Michiko.
(If my mom were visiting, these simple vases
of daisies would be on the dining room table)
Grandma, (Obachan), I also want to thank you
for appearing in my mom’s dream.
You appeared on a white elephant….
and told your daughter to go meet
that handsome young American G.I.
who asked you to meet him at the bridge
the next day after work.
(From the book, “How My Parents Learned to Eat”
by Ina R. Friedman which has amazing parallels
of my parents who met in Yokohama, Japan)
Illustration by Allen Say
You know your daughter was very hesitant.
She wasn’t going to meet him, but you knew her destiny.
She took her dream of you as a sign,
and met this handsome American G.I.
Thank you Grandma…
and Grandma…I also thank you
for making me want to be a wonderful Grandma myself.
I wanted so much when I was young…
to bake cookies with you
to crawl in your lap and hear tales
of the wonderful folklore of Japan.
But then again…
I learned how to be the best Grandma
from your daughter…my mother.
She is the best Grandmother (and mom)
to my son and all her grandchildren.
My son will never forget the wonderful memories
he made with his grandmother…
of how she taught him to juggle…
with bean bags
and taught him many wonderful lessons of life.
I thank you…for making me want to make
beautiful memories with my granddaughter.
And in turn, she will tell tales of me
to her daughter or son….
of the times she spent with her Grandma.
So, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day Grandma/Obachan.
As I did not have the opportunity
to tell you in person
but I know you can hear me . .
every day….alongside my dad….
the “love” that you chose for your daughter….
in her dream…..of you on that WHITE ELEPHANT.
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And now, I will show you some
flower arrangements that
I have made in the past,
that I know
would be my mom’s favorites
as they also contain her favorite,
A bowl of her favorite Japanese cookies.
Her favorite Green Tea too.
Flowers in a teapot is always
a delight for her.
And a tray of goodies!
If tea is not available,
then lemonade and lemon bars
would be her second choice.
(Me and Mom at my sister’s – Dec. 2019)
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MY MOM…
the strength and rock of our family.
I know she gave me my strength!
I will end this post
with a saying that I use every day…
something my mom says every day!!
It’s is a great day….as I woke up and saw the sun!!!!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
TO ALL OF YOU MOM’S OUT THERE!!!
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Now is the time to visit my
amazing Blooms Friends!
The links to their posts are under their
Pam ~ Everyday Living
Lidy ~ FrenchGardenHouse
Mary ~ Home Is Where The Boat Is
And Me ~ Housepitality Designs
HAVE A MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY!
to my Grandmother/Obachan a few years ago.
If you are reading about this again, I hope
you enjoyed it again. 🙂
Things at the Hickory Cottage are moving along.
The stacks of boxes are getting shorter
and I am beginning to have fun putting rooms
together. So hopefully very soon I can present
more rooms as I complete them.