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One Blessed Day

April 29th, 2012. On this day, my mother turned 70. She woke up at her usual time and began her usual morning routine. It was comforting to hear her go about her morning. I love listening to her yell at the cat, "Aht Aht! Get off of that. No. Get down. CallieAnne!" I offered to go bring home donuts for breakfast.

Mom stayed home while I used the veil of "getting donuts" to pick up her favorite, chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a 1/2 gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream, for us to have later in the day. I picked up a card. Having taken longer than expected, and knowing how much sugar I was already bringing home, I phoned home and asked Mom if she would rather I brought home lunch instead, as it was going on Noon.

The man at the drive thru was confused until I said, "Excuse me while I confer with my passenger", and returned to confirming Mom's order from Wendy's by talking to her via speakerphone on my cell. "Just a salad. With no meat! Unless it's breaded chicken. Not that grilled stuff." "And a root beer." I was very amused having mom along as such a "passenger" for the food run.

Back home, we sat down together and had lunch and talked about household matters and how she wanted to spend the rest of her day. We agreed as planned to visit the park later in the day and to have dinner later that night at BobEvans. CallieAnne and her sister CocoPuffs came out to join us for lunch, and despite their owner's wishes, Mom and I got up to our usual mischevious selves and proceeded to feed the cats people food by giving them all the grilled chicken and feta cheese off of my salad. Callie would just be Callie and Coco would just be Coco, except that Mom has always given her cats a middle name and called them by both.

After lunch, we retired to the living room, where Mom caught up on all the birthday wishes on her Facebook page and played her usual round of morning online games. I drove the tv remote until we settled on watching cheerleading competitions and antiques roadshow, shows that mom enjoys. It reminded me of being a young child sitting on the couch next to her while she knitted and we watched tv.

The afternooned passed, and unfortunately some chores needed tending, so I left Mom to acquire the new lawn mower and returned home to mow the lawn. As birthday presents go, I've given her better. This one comes with the peace of mind that only knowing we can once again maintain the lawn could bring her. After 40 years of me, I figured she could use a little peace of mind :)

One cool drink and some time later, Mom was feeling ready to go to the park and the day was growing short. I reassembled the seating and helped mom out to the car, pausing her just long enough to ensure she saw that her lilies, which had unfortunately been mown down 2 summers before, had returned and had bloomed for the first time since.

The local park has long been a favorite of Moms. We picnicked there on rare occasions when I was a child. Mom and her friend Gerry took long walks there in the summer. When my nephews were small, my sister and Mom and the boys and I once spent a day there. Two years ago, mom and I would regularly walk the trails there. Her favorite spot is still the area at the very back by the nature center.

Today we sat on a bench and Mom told me the highlights of her life. From the house she was born in, how my great-grandfather would give her morning bottle, through growing up with her sister and later her brother, to meeting and marrying my father, and into the years I could remember on my own. We talked of her hobbies, her choices, her work, her passion. I love listening to her "scandelous" choices and comparing them to some that I have made.

And when the skies turned dark and the breeze turned cool, we picked my nephew up and went to dinner. The three of us enjoyed a fine meal while her grandson (that same nephew of mine) spoke of his culinary schoolwork and his hopes for the upcoming semester that would begin in the morning. Mom has always enjoys going out to eat, especially at familiar restaurants with dependable selections of her favorites. The pot pie she ordered looked especially tasty.

With fully tummys, we headed home for a few hours of watching Mom's current favorite TV programs. This evening this season, we watched Desperate Housewives, GCB, and Army Wives. Meanwhile, online, mom and I continued our latest habit of taking turns playing Lexulous on Facebook. She keeps letting me win, like when I was a kid, but I don't mind.

Going on midnight, and mom's usual bedtime snack, we finally broke out the card, and the royal crown chocolate torte cake with layers of moist chocolate cake, and layers of chocolate ganache, and the Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream. Mom was stills tuff from lunch and dinner, but she had a sliver of cake and a spoonful of ice cream, nonetheless.

And then she headed off to bed. I'd be sleeping now as well, but I want to remember this day together, and comemorate how much I love my mother, just exactly as she is. At this age and at every other.

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zanda_myrande
Apr. 30th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
This is a really nice post. Thank you for sharing it.
r_ness
Apr. 30th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
That's really awesome. I'm glad you're getting to spend time together that way.
m60freeman
Apr. 30th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
I am so glad that you have such a capacity for enjoying life's simple pleasures and real quality time with your mother.
joecoustic
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely birthday, a lovely day, and a lovely time together. I'm so glad for both of you!! *hugs* :)
catsittingstill
Apr. 30th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
What a lovely post. And a happy birthday to your mother.
persis
Apr. 30th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
You have a great way with words. Such a lovely birthday story, thanks for sharing it. *hugs*
little_cinnamon
Apr. 30th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
This was lovely to read. Thank you for sharing.
alandd
Apr. 30th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Normally I'd refrain from a "meeeetooooo" but as everyone else has said, thanks for posting this - it's really sweet!
billroper
Apr. 30th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
That sounds wonderful.
avivasedai
Apr. 30th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
*hug* I'm so glad you had such a wonderful day with your mom. I can understand wanting to write it down for posterity. I hope there are many more great days with her worthy of writing down, birthday or not.
blk
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to her!
tarkrai
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Normally, my LJ reading habit consists of scanning sentences, getting the gist of what's happening in the lives of the people I care about (like you), and scrolling on relatively quickly. LJ time usually takes less than 15 minutes these days, the way people have been dropping off.

This post made me stop, and really *read*. I could feel the sun. Taste the ice cream. And rejoice for you that you had such a lovely, lovely day.

Thank you for your gift of this post on your Mother's birthday.

And, happy birthday to your mom. :)
poltr1
Apr. 30th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
This day sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm happy that you were able to give her this gift of a wonderful day.
cflute
May. 1st, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
That's so sweet! My mom turned 70 last month. Sounds like you and she had a lovely day together. That in itself is a gift.
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