Sunday, December 01, 2019

Happy birthday mama

Today was my mama's birthday. Had she lived, she would have been 95 today. She enjoyed flowers. Her yard was covered in dozens of flowerbeds.

One was an old cast iron washpot she used for doing laundry before she and my dad got running water inside the house. Others were along the edges of the house on all sides, some were in coffee cans, and others grew around the giant water oak.

I'm guessing she didn't get many flowers on special occasions while all of us kids were home, but once we grew up and started families of our own, she got them more often.

Today was no exception. Jilda and I went to the cemetery this afternoon and decorated her grave with an evergreen arrangement with red berries. Jilda is a natural at doing flowers.

The sun was out today, but the wind out of the north made long sleeves necessary. After she did the arrangement, she tied a red and green plaid ribbon around the arrangement.

We stood at the foot of the grave for a long while. As we turned to get into the Outback, we wished mama a happy birthday.


  1. Happy Birthday to your Momma. I'm sorry she's not with you now but I bet she's smiling from above at the lovely arrangement Jilda did for her! As a flower lover myself I can just imagine how beautiful hers were. Hugs from Ohio!

  2. I am unsure of what to say. I feel as if I'm intruding on your remembrance of your mother. It was a loving remembrance.

  3. What a truly lovely thing for you and Jilda to do. Thank you.

  4. SWEET! Nothing in the world like a Mama! Your mama was a pretty woman. We moved a lot, the last four places the black pot was not used but was moved with flowers each time. Thanks of reviving memories of Mama.

    Sherry & jack

  5. Wonderful way to remember your mother with flowers as she loved them so. Bittersweet memories for you today. We never forget our mom's

  6. She would be so proud of her son


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