Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day................and memories.

When I have been out walking Miss Daisy these past few weeks, I can smell the lilacs everywhere. Though my mother has been gone for many years whenever I smell lilacs I think of her. Purple lilacs were everywhere when I was growing up, the low branches would be heavy with the weights of the fragrant blooms, well with our reach which is why we would pick a few, sometimes many stems and bring them home to our mothers. We thought they were there for our own personal picking and in a way they were, no one ever stopped us nor did we ask permission. It was a simpler time. I don't seem to have luck growing lilacs in my own garden but my neighbors do and some days I am tempted to do as I did 50 years ago and help myself to an armful of beautiful purple lilacs. I have even considered knocking at their door and asking, framing the request as a pruning favour, perhaps it would be helpful? We will be away this Sunday, off to see our son graduate from medical school and I know that this will be my most wonderful Mother's Day of all. As mothers we live to see our children happy and accomplished in whatever they do, see them safely off to their path in life. I also know my mother, his grandmother would be immensely proud of her grandson. She would be beaming with joy as I am................. both our arms are full of lilacs this Mother's day. I hope your Mother's Day and your memories will be filled with love and joy. 

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  1. Dear Sande,
    My childhood memories are filled with white and purple lilacs. We had lilac in our garden when I was a child and, we also have a white and purple lilac in our garden now. You have brought back many childhood memories for me with this post. We have our Mother's Day in March so, I have had my special day for this year. Have a lovely time on Sunday and give your son Jackie's congratulations ( even though he hasn't a clue who I am !!!!) I cannot begin to tell you how much I admire him. He has worked hard for this and deserves a wonderful day and a long and successful career. Enjoy every moment. XXXX

  2. Congratulations to you son on this major accomplishment! I know that you are proud of him.
    I miss my mother so much too, Sande, and we do cling on to the things that remind us of them and of the things they loved.
    I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  3. Sande, you always say it perfectly. And, so right you are, about our children. What a huge accomplishment for your son and for the entire family. Big huge congratulations !! Come over to enter my giveaway, jewelry, of course. Big hug from Texas.....

  4. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only child who "borrowed" blooms from a neighbor's yard.
    Since my father never planted rose bushes upon my request, I took matters into my own hands and secretly snipped roses from our neighbor's yard, and when a home was vacant in our neighborhood and "for sale," it was a free for all, and I had a hay day snipping away at their unattended flowers. Then I ran home put them in a cup of water and placed them in my outdoor playhouse. I guess some girls are just born feathering their nests.

    Congratulations on your son's upcoming graduation from med school. I can only imagine the pride you have swelling in your heart...All of those years of encouragement, financial help, and guidance are paying off, and what an achievement!!! I would be proud too.
    And, yes, what a perfect Mother's Day gift.

    Enjoy your weekend with your family, and Happy Mother's Day!


  5. What a sweet story. I love lilacs but cannot grow them here in southern California. They are such a beautiful color and the fragrance is delightful. Congratulations to your son and enjoy your special Mother's Day.

  6. so sweet....
    my mom loves to garden
    and is getting up there in age.
    i worry so for her
    because she is alone and insists on gardening like a maniac.
    she lives in maine and there are lilacs all over...
    and she too fills the house with them.

    happy mothers day

  7. wow Sande he is graduating already how the years fly by have a great time celerbrating :)

  8. This is just beautiful, Sande! Your Mother was very lucky to have you as a daughter. And I love how the memories of her can be brought back in an instant with the sight and scent of lilacs… Happy Mother's Day to you—a wonderful Mother :)

    Wishing you a lovely day…


  9. I can't think of a more joyful Mother's Day than what you've got planned. How wonderful for your son and for all of you. I'm sure your mother will be smiling down from the heavens. Blessings to you,
    Leslie Harris(gwen moss blog)

  10. What sweet memories Sande!
    I know your weekend will be filled with love and proud moments of your son's accomplishments.
    I know he knows the sacrifices Mother's make on our children's behalf and they are who they are because of the parents who took time in their lives.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  11. Congratulations to your son and the entire family, ma'am. Happy Mother's day to you!

  12. I hope you are having a wonderful, wonderful day... Thinking of you and huge congratulations to Austin... Enjoy those sweet scented memories... xv

  13. Happy Belated Mother's Day. And congratulations on your son's med school graduation. A big accomplishment.

  14. Gorgeous Sande, Happy Mother's DAy.. Congratulations to Austin.. Can't wait to see you in Paris. Carla xx

  15. What a wonderful gift to you on Mother's Day, a happy celebration. We inherited a lovely lilac bush in the front garden and for a few precious weeks in the spring (which is now nearing to a close) we enjoy the amazing scent throughout our apartment. It's a nice break from the otherwise urban street.

  16. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Sande. I know you are proud of Austin - congrats to him. xo

  17. Sande a belated Happy Mothers Day!! Congrats to Austin!!

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    I have love lilacs since a little girl!!


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