Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The gardenia corsage is tradition. Hallelujah!

Mother' s Day was many things.  I was so happy that my daughter Jennifer decided to keep alive the time honored tradition of the gardenia corsage.  You have all seen pictures of my Mom with the gardenia corsage I bought for her on Mother's Days in the past.  And this year, our first Mother's day without Mom, my daughter gave me a gardenia corsage.  I was moved to tears of joy and hope and feeling loved.

Below,  I am proudly wearing the beautiful gardenia corsage.  The next picture is of Dolan, me and Jen enjoying some sun on the deck.  It was a beautiful day.


Skipp made a lovely breakfast earlier for me and my Sister. We had blueberry blintzes, apple-wood bacon, croissants, coffee, strawberries and orange juice.  SO delicious.

Jennifer brought lunch all made.  Chicken quessedillas, nacho fixins and home made apple and peach mini tarts. Dolan traveled in from NYC to spend the day and it was wonderful to have two of my kids with me on Mother's day. And of course Skipp and my grandson Joel and my Gracie-Blue. I was surrounded by love.  :-)

My eldest, Kristie, remains distant. Not even a phone call.  Very hurtful.  Her choice to remain so distant continues to be a painful mystery.  Someday she will have many regrets when  I am no longer here for her to choose  to forget.   Enough on that.

I will conclude with one of my Mom's favorite songs.  Skipp sang it at her funeral mass, at her prior request!  KD Lang's version is one of my favorite renditions.  I will post Leonard Cohen's as well - After all, it is his song, sung as only he can.  So passionate.



The anticipation leading up to my first Mother's day without my Mom here was intense and so emotional.  The day itself was a celebration of all that she is to us and all the love we still feel from  her and for her in all things. as well as all that I am to my kids, well, two out of three of them anyways. That's a song, "Two out of three ain't bad"......

20 comments:

Jackie said...

Gail, you look beautiful...and the gardenia corsage is a perfect addition to a beautiful Mother.
Jennifer did great!! And so did Skipp! It sounds like you had a lovely Mother's Day. I know that you must miss your Mama very much. I wish I could do something to help ease that pain, but knowing that I can't, I hope that you know that she wouldn't want you to be sad...on any day. A Mother's wish for her children is for each of them to be happy. The love you have for her and that she has for you is everlasting.
Hugs to you, my friend...
Jackie

Gail said...

@JACKIE - thank you for sharing in this day with me and for your kind and loving words. You are wonderful.
Love Gail
peace....

Amanda said...

What a beautiful thing your daughter did - so many sweet moments all rolled up into that moment, I assume. The corsage is beautiful.

Thinking of you, of course!

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I love that the gardenia corsage lives on. What a wonderful day your children provided you, and especially because it eased your first Mother's Day without your mother. As for KD Lang, one of my favorite voices, thank you for the clip which is playing as I write this.That Hallelujah goes straight to my heart.

Gail said...

@JUDY- so good to have you come by and share in Mother's Day with me. And that song, 'Hallelujah' is so special to all of us. Skipp and I first sang it to my Mom in the hospital and she SO loved it. And KD Lang is amazing. Thank you Judy for "knowing".
Love Gail
peace....

Gail said...

@AMANDA - hello oove. Good to see you and have you share in Mother's Day with me. Means a lot!
Love to you
Gail
peace....

Muffie said...

Gail, what a lovely tradition that corsage! So glad your children helped to get you through the first hurdle. Love "Halleluia!"
Peace,
Muff

Gail said...

@MUFFIE - thanks for coming over and sharing in Mother's Day with me. And ya, that "Hallelujah" is such a beautiful and moving song...
Love Gail
peace....

Just Be Real said...

Gail, thank you for sharing in pictures as well. Lovely post and tradition. Blessings....

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I thought I'd give you advance notice that your kdlang clip inspired tomorrow's poem. Many thanks.

Gail said...

@JUDY - I ma honored, thank you. Can't wait.

@JBR-GRACE - so nice to have you share in this day with me. "thank you".

Love Gail
peace.....

Lola said...

Hey Gail,
i LOVE the pics
:-)
just so you know that I'll posting again on Lola's scrapbook soon
:-)

Gail said...

HI LOLA so good to have you visit. I look forward to you posting on Lola's Scrapbook :-)
Love Gail
peace.....

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

So glad you had a good Mothers Day...your Mom would be pleased with that. I know you miss her

Gail said...

HI KIM and thanks for coming by to hare in a wonderful day of blessings and love
Love Gail
peace...

Andy said...

How lovely, Gail.

And, now you get the gardenia corsage! Wonderful.

Gail said...

HI ANDY so good to have you come by. And yes, the tradition and honor lives on.......
love Gail
peace....

Poetic Soul said...

You're a beautiful goddess Gail, your posts are always beautiful

SE'LAH... said...

love the exotic scent of a gardenia...
you wear it beautifully.

one love.
selah.

Gail said...

HI Se'lah so good to see you love. I hold you close.
Love Gail
peace....