My Mother’s Table

 My mother’s birthday is today.  A few years ago, for her 80th birthday, I had planned to write a post of shared memories of Mom to publish on this date.  I made notes, talked to each of my children and Mr. Garner.  We actually all had a lot of fun thinking about it.  But like a lot of my writing, it languished in my draft folder, a victim of my perfection paralysis. For a while the loss of my mother would sneak up on me at the most unexpected times and I would be completely unprepared for the emotional upheaval. … Continue reading My Mother’s Table

Missing Mom…

Mother’s Day approaches, and I know that at some time unexpected I will find myself totally taken aback by tears, my heart suddenly stricken with grief.  I think it will be today.  But I won’t know until it happens. My mother died on June 21, 2006.  This date also happens to be the date of my father-in-law’s birth.  He passed away July 5, 2005, and I’m certain that my gentle father-in-law understands when I say how glad I am that I don’t have to actually celebrate his birthday and my mother’s deathday on the same day.  He left us suddenly, and the jolt was … Continue reading Missing Mom…