Hello beloveds! I have had a busy week, and I am glad to see it come to a close.
Sadly, I will be attending two funerals this weekend. One of my dear friends lost her mother to cancer, and I lost one of my uncles to kidney disease. My uncle’s death, in particular, had quite the impact on me, as I lost my beloved stepfather to kidney disease several years ago.
I’m keeping this brief, because I don’t want to weaken the message with too many words. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you – hug them, spend time with them, laugh with them, create as many memories as you can. Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.
Rest in peace, Uncle Richard and Mama Shirley. I’m sending love to everyone one of you reading this, on behalf of my dear departed ones. May you have lots of love and cherish every moment with the ones that you love.
Maternal Caress by Mary Cassatt (1896), on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Mothers are so special. There’s not a lot to say, other than this: make sure to appreciate your mother (or the mother figures) in your life. Cherish the women that pour into you, and uphold a higher vision of you than you could ever imagine for yourself.
The Marquise de Pezay and the Marquise Rouge with her sons Alexis and Adrien by Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun (1787), on display at the National Gallery of Art
Here are a few touching portraits of mothers that I have seen over the past week, as well as thoughts on motherhood from a few famous women. I’m going to link my post to Phylicia Rashad’s thoughts on motherhood here. In this post, I’ll share more thoughts from Maya Angelou (you can read my previous post about her here).
By the time you all read this, I will be on a plane to my next destination. Can you guess where I’m going? I’ll give a prize away to whoever can correctly guess my destination (country and city) first. Here are three hints to help you:
If I know you in my offline life, you can’t compete in the contest LOL! Talk to you all soon, and may the best guesser win!