Sunday, January 22, 2012
She Loved Everything Pink
Throughout her life, my mom had an amazing sense of style and beauty. She loved clothes, fashion, make-up and jewelry. In her younger years, she was always dressed in the current fashion. I remember in my teenage hippie days when all of us sported white go go boots, my mom bought herself some as well. Her closets were jam-packed with clothes. Of course many of them were pink...
Just as she loved nurturing her flowers and creating a lovely environment around her, my mom loved nurturing her children. She was loving, encouraging and generous. She might disagree with your plans, she might give lots of unsolicited advice, but in the end she was always there to help. Once I had kids, she and my step-dad came for every Christmas and loved being part of the festivities. Mom would bring her huge containers of Chex Mix to share and whatever her current sweet obsession was. An extremely picky eater, she claimed almost everything hurt her stomach, but somehow anything sweet was tolerated. She loved cakes, cookies, ice cream and chocolate. Like a kid, her favorite part of any meal was dessert. She was never too busy to help. She baby-sat my daughters for endless hours when I returned to graduate school. She looked for things to do while visiting. Folding clothes, sweeping the porch... I could count on her to be busy working somewhere all the time. She was always eager to upgrade my lifestyle, buying me a new refrigerator, helping with the purchase of a van for easier transport of the kids. On a regular basis, she and my step-dad would arrive for weekend fixer-up projects. "Just make a list of what you want done," she would say. They'd show up and there would be a flurry of activity, hanging pictures, putting up shelves, John fixing everything and Mom supervising... and then just as quickly they'd be gone. Like the energizer bunny, she kept on giving and giving.
There are a lot of things that I will miss about my mom. But mostly I will always miss her love of beauty and sense of style, her smile, her encouragement, her generous loving spirit. Oh yes... and her love of the color pink.