Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

A day to especially appreciate our Mothers.

Not so long ago, a lovely neighbour shared a sweet story. She told us of how her teen son had a profound realization and shared it with her one day. He wondered when the last time was that his mother picked him up and held him in her arms. And if she knew that it was to be the last, would she have held on just a little longer? Such a beautiful thought, and such a fleeting moment, really. It made me ponder further... When is the last time a Mother tucks her child into bed and shares a story? The last time she takes her little one by the hand to cross the street? The last breakfast they share as a family before that child moves away for University. Life is so full of new beginnings and lasts —it is so important to cherish the many blessings and stages in life...








How special a relationship is between Mother and child. It is not merely on a single day that I realize how fortunate I am to have such a wonderful Mother. A Mother who possesses so many amazing qualities —both as a parent and an individual. Her selfless, giving nature, gentility, encouragement, and unconditional love is unimaginable. And when others ask me how she does it all, how she balances everything —I can offer no suitable answer —I have no idea! I just hope that when I become a Mother one day, I can be as close to my children as she is with us. She is my best friend.

How much fun we've had over the years. I have learned so much from my Mum and have so many wonderful memories of trips we've taken, decorating, sharing new books and magazines, antique shopping, appreciating architecture, looking at real estate online and just dreaming... far too many to name. Wishing all Mothers a very happy Mother's Day!

Images: 01 my Mom, 02—07 France, by David Arias

28 comments:

  1. Oh your mother sounds like an absolute dream! I just love the photographs and the story of 'lasts'.

    hugs DJ

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  2. love the b& w photographs and your words, Sarah..."to cherish the many blessings and stages in life...." My mom lives far away. I called her yesterday. We talked almost 2 hours together :-)

    Happy new week!

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  3. Sarah, this is a wonderful post.

    I don't know how we mothers do it; it just comes naturally. Well, there are days when I feel like I'm the most boring mom on earth and then a second later I'm feeling like the best. I guess it's just life.

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  4. Beautifully written, Sarah. I hope your Mom had a fantastic day. Surely, she is blessed to have such a wonderful daughter. I am starting to get empty nest syndrome because my oldest is going to college next fall. I tend to think of everything in terms of this is the last... "this is the last Mother's Day he'll be at home." etc, etc. It's AWFUL. Going to be lots of private tears come Sept. xo

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  5. when my kids where younger, it was so easy to hold them, to grab them as they're running by and give them a quick hug..but now that they are older, college age, there is a little more space between my kids and me...it's nice to stand back and look at them as the adults they are and to really appreciate and respect them as individuals.. they're still my children...but I don't own them..so I've let them go....
    bittersweet...but that is what it's like..
    maureen

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  6. Oh, great reflection...and beautiful post...

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  7. I love you Sarah and am thankful everyday for each and every one of my children, and for the ones they choose to share their life with. I am a blessed woman.

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  8. Beautifully said, Sarah. My mom and I are also close. I am beyond blessed to have a mom who knew what I needed when I was younger and knows how to be a mother and friend now that I am older.

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  9. Such beautiful words, Sarah.
    Love these black and white images.
    Hav ea wonderful week.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  10. So lovely...and well said! The fleeting moments we must hold onto tight. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day...xoxo

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  11. How wonderful to hear about your mother! And how gorgeous your post is! Have a beautiful Monday!

    x Kristin

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  12. I love your sentiments Sarah, it's so true, the rites of passage with our mothers are so important and such milestones in life. Hope your mother's day was a beautiful one and wishing you a very happy new week!

    xo Mary Jo

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  13. What a beautiful post Sarah! Love it.

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  14. Beautiful story filled with love. I hope you had a wonderful and very special weekend with your mum and family.

    By the way, I would loooove to know what shade Barbara is wearing in that ad... I am so in love with that delicious pink shade.

    xxx

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  15. aw sarah, i just love love love this post and that wonderful picture of your mother! i lost mine at a fairly early age, so that question is a powerful one to me. i can only hope i will be as close with my sweet one in the years and years to come. it's indescribable really how it changes you. and how of course you're always the same (only different) :)

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  16. We are quite lucky to have the best mums in the world. My mother is the funniest person I know and loves me unconditionally. You are going to be the best mum, Sarah. You had a great example to look up to. I think I ♥ you even more now...if that is at all possible!

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  17. Beautiful thought, Sarah. Made me get teary. Thought-provoking and sweet. And on top, we get to see these fabulous black and white photos to add even more awe factor to the post. Lovely! Hope your Mother's Day weekend was simply delightful!

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  18. Dearest Sarah,

    Well, you write from the heart and it just pours over... Hope your Mum got to read this post too. Indeed, life is like a chain with beads we wear and the one after the other is a new adventure on its own. But important is to collect memories with joyful things we did together. That will become the fabric for later, when mothers are no longer with us and other loved ones. We can manage only because of love and knowing that deep within our hearts; they still fill that very spot!

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  19. What a lovely (if sad) thought. I still live at home, and I do find it sad that my mum no longer comes in to say goodnight (though - eternally a daddy's girl - my father always does).

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  20. Sarah, this is such a beautiful and touching post! I feel like calling my mother right now. We live in different cities and although we talk on the phone every single day, when we meet we have so much to talk about and I cherish those moments so. Beautiful b&w photography! :) Ada

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  21. oh Sarah, such a beautiful post! I think the first thing I'll do when I pick my boys from school now will be to pick them up (with their 45 kg) and hold them in my arms! xo

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  22. Oh so sweet! I love that you posted that story...I had never really thought of it in that way before. Makes me think of that Nina Simone song "Where does the time go?" if you don't know it its on youtube. So beautiful. Thanks for the post!

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  23. thanks a lot for sharing this excellent post! I always love to read your blog post :)

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  24. Such a lovely post. I also love that your mother has done a post on Haute Design, too!

    I feel honoured to be in your link list. Thank you.

    My European excursion was amazing. Will be sharing photos on my photo diary over the next couple of weeks.

    Hope to meet you soon, Sarah!

    xx

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  25. The 'lasts'..How beautiful and sad all at the same time. I hope I will always be the mother my children want me to be. This post has made me sit down and think about what things I don't do any more, that I used to do all the time when the kids were younger.. Thank you for this.

    xx C

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  26. Thank you all for such lovely comments —I enjoyed reading each and every one of them...

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  27. I haven't been online for nearly 2 weeks bc of the store opening, and i missed this post. You have the most wonderful, generous and beautiful mother. She is just so amazing! Happy late mothers day to your mom. (Such sweet words from a sweet daughter).

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