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lilacs and little bird

4 February 2012

dj

yesterday, i received a catalog in the mail, its cover splashed with a single photo of dark purple lilacs. i thought the arrival of that catalog could not have been more perfect. closing my eyes, i could almost smell the unmistakable fragrance, as real as it was in my childhood backyard.

1927 family portrait: mom, grandma and grandpa

my mom adored her lilacs. she maintained three huge, stately bushes in our suburban heaven. every spring, when the lilacs bloomed, i found her near them. hovering and, what i perceived as, hugging them (well, i said, that’s what it looked like to me). let’s just say we were both elated to stand in the bushes’ presence.

mom would strategically clip lilacs from each cherished bush, and we’d inhale their sweetness as we carried them into the house. choosing just the right vase, she’d skillfully arrange them. then, stand back with a tilted head to assess her handiwork. finally, she’d look back at me and say, what do you think? i’d enthusiastically nod my head in approval. yay!

today marks what would have been my mom’s 90th birthday. even as a writer, i’m at a loss to articulate how much i miss her. what i can say is that my memories of her and of our adventures together are even more vivid, more deeply etched as the days go by. yeah, that could just be my advancing age, but that’s another story entirely. 

so, here’s to you, little bird. may today—and every day—be carefree. i expect you and daddy will be  gliding across that dance floor tonight. love you forever.

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  1. Carla Arnold #
    February 4, 2012

    What a lovely memory and beautiful photo. I’m sure your mother will love this birthday gift. Miss you Fran!

  2. Little Sis #
    February 4, 2012

    This is truly a loving tribute from my big sister to our Mumma! I can so picture her cutting the lilacs (one of my favorite flowers to this day!) and admiring the bushes. Miss you Frannie, so very much! Very cool that you received the catalog the day before her birthday!

  3. Anne Andrews #
    February 4, 2012

    This truly touched my heart, thank God for cherished memories.

    • dj #
      February 4, 2012

      grateful for every perfect—and imperfect—moment.

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