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Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Memories and Mementos

  Mother's Day Flowers

I enjoyed Sunday surrounded by my three boys and a daughter-in-law. My oldest son works 6 days a week and we don't get to see him as often as I would like. It was a nice get together.

We enjoyed eating dinner with the memories of past mothers in our family surrounding us.

We ate on dishes that had belonged to Charley's mother. This was the china I remember her using when I was dating Charley in the 1970s. She used them often, not just on special occasions. I think that is the way it should be. We don't have the whole set, many had been chipped and broken down through the years. I was lucky and found a group of the exact same dishes at a church yard sale last year. No one else wanted them -- and on the last day I paid half price for the box of assorted pieces to add to ours.

 Strawberries were served in a beautiful old bowl of my mother's. 

The old tablecloth that covered our table, now crumpled and waiting for the crumbs to be shook out, was given to me by my Aunt Irma. She was my mom's baby sister.
When I was growing up, mothers wore either white or red carnations on Mother's Day. You wore red if your mother was still living and white if she had passed away. Maybe some still do, but I don't see people doing that as much any more. I didn't wear one yesterday,  but it would have been white.

I didn't have my mother yesterday, but the little baby on her lap has many loving memories of her. 


  1. Hi Janet, it sounds like you had a wonderful day with the family. We used to wear the carnations when I was young too. Grandpa would get them for us, whenever we would go to the cemetery to put flowers on the family graves. I now live on the other side of the country and I miss being able to do that very much.

    I love your china, it is such a bright and cheerful pattern. I like to use my pretty things too. We never know when we are creating a memory that will be cherished by others. Every time we are together with loved ones and friends is a "special" occasion. What a sweet picture of you and your mother. You still look like your baby picture! :)

    I hope you have a lovely afternoon! Delisa :)

  2. What a nice thought, to bring your mothers to the table with you through the memories and things to be cherished that they left behind. I think there was a lot of love in that room yesterday :)

  3. So glad your Mother's Day was a good one-and that you had all the special memories made it even better : )

  4. What a wonderful thing to do on Mother's Day. I'm glad your Day went so good. If I had worn a corsage it would have been white also, I rememwhen people wore them and I thought of yesterday. Susie

  5. Janet -- a lovely practice to remember women in your family. Sure wish I had gotten my mother's dishes. -- barbara

  6. What a sweet post, Janet. I'm glad you had a lovely Mother's Day and remember her through her momentos. My mother also loved dishes and I think of her when I use her coffee service and serving bowls.
    That was a beautiful photo..such a happy family!

  7. This is a very loving tribute to your mother. She's proud of you.


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