Whenever someone used to meet my mom, they would tell me how pretty she was. I believed the same about her but didn't truly appreciate her beauty until a few years ago when she shared a DVD she had received from a childhood friend. It contained a compilation of home movies that spanned several years... a remarkable piece of her history that I never knew existed. I've always enjoyed sifting through old photographs, but there was something magical about seeing her move, dance, laugh... come to life. I was mesmerized. Moved to tears, I was so affected by the footage that I went through it frame by frame, capturing stills to create my own personal keepsake. The collection of images will forever remain one of my most cherished mementos related to my family history.
What I saw when I studied these images was a young woman with natural beauty and an adventurous, carefree spirit. Not yet weighed down by the pressures of difficult times to come, she radiated a flirtatious yet innocent aura that made me feel connected with her in a new and deeply personal way... For the first time, I saw myself in her smile.
My mom and I have not had a perfect relationship, but I do know that she loves me... As I celebrate how far I've come in my own life, I'm reminded of how much that I, too, love her. I'm honored and blessed to have her for a mother.
Happy Mother's Day
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." ~ Anthony Brandt