My life took a complete and unexpected turn a few weeks ago when my sweet, incredible mother unexpectedly passed away. This was a woman who seriously went about spreading complete JOY from morning until night to everyone she came in contact with. As I was looking over photos of her last evening there is not ONE photo where she is not smiling from ear to ear. Just a beaming ray of genuine joy. She didn’t need to pretend to be joyful, that’s simply how she lived her life.
I haven’t even thought about doing a blog post, let alone an instagram post, they both seemed a little out of sorts or not important any longer. Until . . . yesterday when I was spending time with my dad (yes, this is now a daily occurrence and one I wouldn’t trade for the world) and he said, “Oh, today you need to teach me how to check your instagram and your blog because that’s one thing your mom did all the time and she would definitely want me to continue to do so.” When I mentioned it all seemed quite silly and I wasn’t sure if I would even continue, he quickly put a stop to that and told me that tomorrow he better see a fun post with a great smile just for him.
And although at times it’s a little difficult to find that smile all I need to do is think of that incredible ray of sunshine my mom shared at all times and the smile appears.
Along with the her glowing smile, my mother also shared her love for fashion and she would find any excuse for a lunch date so she could get dressed up for the day.
So . . . here’s to thinking of you my sweet fun loving mother.
I know she would have got a kick out of the anklets . . .
*I also want to thank all you my friends for reaching out to me during this most difficult and fragile time in my life. I truly appreciate all of you.