I hope that this Mother’s Day Tribute to my own Mom lightens your heart and makes you truly realize the power of a Mother’s Love.
I would like to wish everyone dropping by today a very Happy Mother’s Day and I know you come in all forms. There are Moms, Mums, Mothers, Mommies, Fur Baby Moms, then there are all of you out there that give so many all the love from their hearts… I honor all of you! You make the world a better place and it is needed now more than ever. Wishing you Love, Happiness, Joy, HEALTH, Compassion, and all things good in the world. The world is truly a better place because you are in it. Please enjoy this day. Many of you are spending it a bit differently than other years… but even if your loved ones are not all surrounding you for a meal and celebration… it’s ok… they are there in your heart!
I told this story on the blog years ago and I wanted to revise it a little and post it once again so it might warm your heart and bring hope a little closer for you. It has gotten me through so much in my life… the highs and the very lows. It’s a simple true life story of my Mom’s Little Messenger. I thank this little feathered friend for letting me know that my Mother is with me each and every day… I just have to look on my shoulder and she is there guiding the way. I am not a story teller… but I still hope you enjoy. Hugs to all!
I have always loved hummingbirds but alas they never seemed to want to visit the pretty dogwood in the yard that held the feeder filled with ruby red nectar. They didn’t even feel enticed by the streaming ribbons in shades of Crimson blowing in the wind. Well that did not discourage us…so year after year after year the feeder was filled…the streamers were hung but no flutters of those tiny little wings. Everyone else would tell me about seeing these little majestic creatures…in fact they would speak of droves of them…but not here (deep sigh). We did not give up…now I digress for a moment…
My Mom lived with my family…my Dad passed when I was very young and I am an only child. You see my parents got married late in life and it was a miracle that they had me at their age. I guess you could say that I was my mothers world…till her grandchildren arrived! But my mom was not happy unless I was within shouting distance! Her name was Sue and she was a pip…an Italian lady that loved too much…held God and faith close…a fabulous cook…a heart of gold… and a fiery temper! There was always one thing that I was sure of…a constant throughout my life…this chubby brown haired lady loved me more than life itself. Unfortunately my Mom had many health issues and the last 10 years of her life we took care of her as she was basically housebound…then bed bound. To show you how wonderful a husband I have…he left his job as an art director to help care for my Mom (which was not easy). We figured it all out and started a few business ventures and worked from home. Mom would not allow ANY ONE else to do anything so I really needed that help to keep our promise of never having to send her to a nursing home…a promise that we kept! She had some great years watching Heather and Peter grow…just the sound of their voices made things better and knowing that we were all there. She was a part of everything in our lives…but she grew weaker and on one Sunday afternoon she passed to the heavens.
My life was thrown into an emotional frenzy…I just did not know how to process it all and then I went into my room…no one around…and I quietly asked God to help me through this. I have to admit that I am in need of a bit more reassurance at times…so I asked for a hummingbird…a hummingbird to visit that feeder on the old dogwood tree…the special place that they never came to regardless of how hard we tried. It seemed like a virtually impossible wish! This was between God, my mom and I…I did not share this secret wish with anyone because is I did… I would never be sure.
Well a week passed and I was feeling just about as low as could be. All of a sudden I hear Joe and my son Peter screaming for me outside…my heart stopped…I was scared…so I flew out to the back deck and there she was…a single hummingbird hovering around the feeder (they were so excited because of the long wait for this to happen…having no idea what it really meant to me) …she stopped and drank…making sure that I saw her all a flutter and then she disappeared into the sky. The tears flowed…I was weak at the knees but my heart was happy……just like my Mom…she wanted me to know that she was with me always… that she was happy and that we would be together again some day.
So I send you my little messenger today to wish each and everyone of you that is a Mother at heart (yes that means your little furry babies too : ) the best day ever because that is what you all deserve every day.
Just remember the love of a Mother is a Powerful force!
I Love You Mommy!
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