Today, an envelope arrived from my sweet mother, and I pulled out this picture.
I LOVE… this picture.
I love that it’s so perfectly my mom.
I love my mother’s outfit.
I love my mother’s Ugg boots. I love that my mother wears Ugg boots.
I love my mother’s expression.
I love the two gorgeous Dobermans … the perfect accessory.
Did I mention how much I love this picture? It was taken just a few weeks ago and was a complete surprise.
Sitting in my big chair, admiring my beautiful mother and thinking that the picture was my favorite Christmas present—no, Mom, I am not sending the lamp back—I looked over at Joe’s picture on the entertainment center. He did not look happy….
Laughingly, I reassured Joe that my SWEET mother would never compete for his spot on the entertainment center.
At that exact moment, Cole dropped a stack of cookie sheets in the kitchen. It sounded like thunder.
I looked at my mother’s picture and noticed her perfect smile.
I know that smile
Joe and my mother had a love/hate relationship. Joe was wary of the mother/daughter relationship, and my mother had no desire to ease his fears. Sure, they could cocktail together on the patio and bond over a mutual love of Sarah Palin … but when it came down to it, the lines were clearly drawn. Mothers are thicker than Marriage. Grandmothers rule supreme.
I always felt like Joe looked down at my mom after he died with a kind of superior attitude: “HA. HA. Try to top this!” When my mother was admitted to Intensive Care the month after Joe died due to a gall bladder complication, trust me, I was worried.
Let’s just say the two of them were a little competitive.
Our niece took this amazing picture of Joe at the beach in Florida about a year before he died, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law made it into a poster for Joe’s memorial service. We call it his Mosses picture.
The poster was hung prominently above my entertainment center for the memorial service, and I never took it down.
Joe, you will remain on the entertainment center. Mom, your spot will be the fireplace mantle. Now, lets all get along or I will hang your pictures side by side.
Did I mention how much I loved this picture of my mom!!