I hate that I'm writing this post so late but that's how I seem to roll sometimes. Anyways, I went home, several weeks ago, to my hometown to celebrate my Mother on Mother's Day. It was a short visit but a good one none-the-less. My mom isn't so easy to shop for but she has a lovely garden to which I wanted to contribute. So, we sauntered down to the local Lowe's to do some browsing and shopping. I don't think either one of us really thought we were going to come home with trees when we chose our little sports car over the 4-runner my step-dad drives. BUT I saw the plum trees and we both loved 'em so you just make it work! Oh yeah, and there were two rose bushes in the trunk... Brent would have died! Granted, we did have to drive 25-30 miles-per-hour on the drive home but it was an adventure and well worth it!
My mom's house is a fantastical place to visit in the Spring. There's always life year round with horses, goats, chickens, peacocks, bunnies, donkeys, turkeys, dogs BUT in the Spring there's always babies. You never really know where you are going to find the new little ones hiding and I was home for a full day before I finally spotted the mama chicken that was nestled in the sidewalk foliage that you pass every time you walk from your car to the front door. I couldn't believe her amazing ability to hide and only discovered them because I heard a little "cluck, cluck" as a dog ran by, not seeming to care that they were even there. As I peeked down at her she moved around and 9-10 baby chicks just started peeping up a storm. It was so freaking cute I could hardly walk away! By the time I left the mom took the chicks out for their first walk in the yard, not very far mind you, but it's always a sight to see all the babies waddling behind.
Tessa's Terrific Terrace:
My mom has a lovingly and lovely landscaped yard. I particularly enjoy visiting when everything is so green and luscious.
There is one part of the yard that has a tiny little table and two white chairs. (The picture didn't come out as I hoped so it isn't posted). Anyways, you can actually imagine that little fairies come out and play here at night. Between all the peacocks, birds, and various animals you actually feel like you might be "one" with the Earth. Yeah, I get my Hippy side from my mom.
Reyna was my dog when I was in college. Needless to say, as many college dogs do, mine went to my parent's house eventually. I miss her so!
All in all, it was a wonderful visit. I got to see my awesome nephews and got in a really nice visit with Jim and Mom.
I love you Mom with all my heart, I really do. I can't imagine being a parent and watching your kids grow up and how hard that must be. We make choices you are afraid of, do things a little differently than you might like but I know you always want the best for me, even if I don't do it like you might want. I am proud to be your child. I am proud to be the caring, loving, jovial person I am and that is because of you. I hear my laugh and it's yours. I see the way you make people feel welcomed in your home and how you take care of your guests and I definitely get that from you. Thank you for your guidance and your support over the years, though I may not heed it all, I do listen. I'm glad to be in the special relationship we are in today and look forward to continuing to grow, together.
Lots of love to my dear mother, Tessa-