Happy Birthday, Mom!

My Mother. And yes, that's me...
My Mother. And yes, that’s me…

Today is my Mom’s birthday. She would have been 71 years old and still a newlywed…and still rescuing/caring for/feeding cats. Not just her own, but herds of strays that gathered in various places within an hour of her home. She loved these animals, fought for them and did whatever she could do for them on her tight budget. She grew up an only child and they were her brothers and sisters. I remember in ’92, when she had emergency surgery for a temporal aneurysm, the doctor told me she was severely malnourished.  She was living with about 30 cats and had been starving herself to feed them.

She suffered several emotional traumas in her young life and (as a result?) had earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She was good at it too, but continued to suffer setbacks as her life progressed. She was a GOOD Mom. She was exactly the Mom I needed. My brother and I always knew she loved us, no matter how bad we’d screwed up…and we DID screw up. LOL!

I’ve learned a lot about my Mom since she was killed last year. I knew she loved to write, but I didn’t know she wrote poetry and had never read any of it. I found some pages in her things that just awed me. 🙂 I knew she respected her Mother quite a bit, but I never knew how much she truly loved her or how much it crushed her when Mama Katie passed away.

© Susan W. Teachout
© Susan W. Teachout

Last year on this day, I was in a funeral parlor planning her funeral. Strange how things happen? Tomorrow is the day she was cremated and Thursday is the day she was buried.  So, in less than a 2 week span, I remember her death, birthday, cremation and burial. 2 weeks from today is my own birthday…I was 2 weeks late. Do the math. 😉

Today is going to be a happy day. I miss her so terribly, but she wouldn’t have me upset on her birthday. So I am going to get off the computer-get to baking, writing, crocheting and maybe take some random pics. And I am going to do these things WITH her as well as FOR her.

Happy Birthday Mom – enjoy the party!

If you’ve gotten this far, Thank You So Much for reading!

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Please stay in your car after a wreck in bad weather – especially in traffic.

Beneath the Daisies

Pushing Up Daisies
by reiningjupiter

Beneath the Daisies
Tread lightly where you go,
old souls
lie weeping ‘neath the grass
in slumber for the last
Today is naught a morning past,
but daylight for the dew
of you.
Life goes on with and without,
time stops beneath the surface
memories floating on a whim.
Return to me again, again…
Mother’s love.

© LTM 1/20/14

Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter by revande
Dead of Winter
by revande

Dead of Winter

School’s out
flakes are falling
each a different glow
blowing on the wind
drifting in the cold
sprinkles on the earth
like sugar cookie dough
before the summer bake
snow cream for tomorrow
after collecting in a bowl
the frozen tears of heaven
for joy and sorrow
look the same
snow-blind in the mirror
the element of water
a trip into the past
youth will grow the future
with a present yet unknown
but known in hindsight
as don’t let go
don’t go

I used to love the snow…

© 1/16/14