Mother's Day is a bittersweet holiday for anyone who has lost his or her mother. Remembrance is so important. Avoiding loss just brings more of it. At times, embracing it is the best therapy. One way I remember my mom and embrace her again, is to plant her favorite flowers in our gardens. These forget-me-nots which are truly appropriate bloom every year around Mother's Day. They spread their little blue blossoms far and wide and can be transplanted to different locations. My mom loved them.
You know how you get that "welcome home" feeling when you see your front yard? In the spring, fuchsia azaleas bloomed under our dining room and living room windows at my childhood home. Although azaleas are sometimes have a difficult time wintering, the ones there lasted from the time we moved in until the year I had to sell the house. We've had trouble growing them where we live now, but we bought two little bushes last year that somehow made it through this winter. They're blooming.
May your mother's hand touch yours in some way this Mother's Day.
©2014 Karen Rose Smith