My sister and I get together regularly and we frequently go for a walk,
followed by a bite to eat and then we do some thrift shopping.
Mom told us, before she passed away,
that she wanted us to make time for each other...
it was her wish
that we both see each other weekly
just as we had done when Mom was alive.
We would all get together for an "outing."
Shop, then go for lunch, tea, or dinner...
it may have been a pot luck at mom's condo or a light meal out in one of Mom's favourite spots...
The Oak Bay Marina or The Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Mom loved her jewelry and she had a large citrine ring that was designed by local jeweller Tony deGoutiere. Mom wore this ring a lot...it was a "signature piece" not unlike her opera length baroque pearl necklace that Dad had given her one Christmas.
My sister was given the ring by mom...my sister had it made into a pendant as she felt the stone was "too big" for her hands.
I cannot remember if I wrote,
before she went into Hospice,
asked us to go to her bedroom and get her jewel box?
She had us sit close to her chair in her living room and she alternately handed us an item from her jewellery collection until only costume pieces remained...
she said we could do "whatever we wanted" with them.
Some we kept, some we gave to family, and others we donated to charity.
My sister and I cried throughout the entire process...
we weren't really "ready" for this...and today as I look back,
I cannot help but think how much strength it must have taken Mom to do this...
she did not cry.
Mom was a very determined woman, a no nonsense kind of gal,
whose years of nursing had helped her come to terms with her cancer diagnosis and prepare her for death.
I miss mom,
I think of her fondly...everyday....many times in a day.
So when this wee trinket box caught my eye...
I knew at once I had to buy it.
The stone reminds me of the ring...
is going to come and go
the second one without Mom.
Memories will keep me company.
I will wear some of Mom's jewels
on Sunday in her honour.
Hope that you have a lovely Mother's Day!
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~