To all of you who are Moms, I hope you get a special remembrance today. For those of my friends who do not, I hope you remember your Mom.
My Mom died in 2007 ... while I was away in China. We all got together just a few weeks before to celebrate her 80th birthday. She knew she was dying and I asked her if she would like me to return or even not go, but of course she declined. I was a pretty devoted daughter, emailing and calling several times a week. Which is more important than attending a funeral after the fact.
Tomorrow I have been invited to Jesse's family's potluck celebration at his Aunt's house. I am delighted to attend for a couple of hours! It's nice to start being included in his family traditions and I appreciate being included as the un-mother-in-law (he and Kate are not married, after ten years!).
I bought Kate a few things from her boys. She brought me flowers and a caricature of Braeden, sketched at the Saturday Market today. Jesse gave me some locally made lotion.
Braeden is spending the night and that's the best gift of all.