Remembering my mother on Mother's Day

I visited my mother's grave earlier today, and I normally wouldn't have written about it, but Ann Althouse's post (via Glenn Reynolds) reminded me that there's really no harm in sharing these things.

Anyway, this was the best I could do for my mother on Mother's Day:


Nearby is a beautiful statue (with arms missing) of an angel opening a coffin.


Nice image that it is (and comforting though it might be for the grieving) I think such events are best postponed.

More than anything I wish I could actually visit my mom in real time.

I also visited a grave of a woman who was like a mother to me, and had similar thoughts about her.

Not that there's anything wrong with visiting graves and remembering mothers, but if (unlike me) your mother is alive, don't forget her today!

UPDATE: Commenting below, Darleen Click opined that it's best to "concentrate on the good memories," and I agree. But this prompted me to scan my hard drive, where I found a picture of my mom and me (from 1989, when both of my parents were alive):


posted by Eric on 05.13.07 at 05:43 PM


I feel fortunate that my parents are still alive and healthy (they just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversay last month)

and M-day for me was both calling my mom plus entertaining the calls from my daughters (and tucking away the card from my 4 1/2 y/o twin grandsons who can just barely write their names)

But I've also reached that age that bittersweet memories of loved ones that have passed start taking an upperhand and remind me of my own early morning creaks and groans.

Crap, where did time go and when did I get to be a grandmother????

I wish I had more time with my beloved grandfather ... or my sister-in-law who passed a year ago last June. I understand your desire.

But we both need to concentrate on the good memories, because I really don't think despair is something your mom or my grandfather would wish us to experience.

Darleen   ·  May 13, 2007 9:00 PM

"concentrate on the good memories, because I really don't think despair is something your mom or my grandfather would wish us to experience."

Excellent advice, Darleen. My mom used to say that life is for the living.

Eric Scheie   ·  May 13, 2007 10:25 PM

And despair should be left for politics!

Eric Scheie   ·  May 13, 2007 10:54 PM


What a neat pic...thanks for posting such a pic just brimming with grins and chuckles. (I will say, though, I think you look quite distinguished with the silver hair)

Darleen   ·  May 13, 2007 11:25 PM

Thanks Darleen! (Now I'm blushing.)

Eric Scheie   ·  May 14, 2007 10:47 AM

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