Sunday, May 12, 2013

This One's For You, Mom

Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)

I miss my mom, the side of her that loved clothes. She's the one in our family who is always put-together for every occasion. I remember the few times when she'd excitedly show me items she had purchased, usually something bold and bright. I'd nod and smile but soon turn back to whatever-a-teenager-who's-not-interested-in-clothes would rather do. Probably chatting with friends on AIM. I also remember times when she had to literally drag me to the mall for new clothes because the ones I had were so old and worn. She had no problem bulldozing me into buying things that I wouldn't had picked out for myself.

I didn't really become interested in clothes and fashion until a few years ago, around the time she became sick. By then, her priorities have shifted and understandably so, as her health is her primary concern now. No longer is she wearing the colorful clothes she used to love. She also hardly ever goes shopping anymore. You could say she passed on her love of clothes to me at the right time, but I miss what I took for granted and what could've been -- us shopping together because we both enjoy it, or giggling over new purchases. Every now and then, she'd surprise me by commenting on my outfits, and we'd chat and laugh about my choices. The important thing though, is that she's still a part of my life. I'll take that any day and every day. I love you, mom.

Wishing all the moms and moms-to-be a very happy Mother's Day!
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My mom and I at my college graduation in 2005. Sorry for the blurry photo -- disposable cameras were still in use back then!

10 comments:

  1. Aww, you're so sweet. I hope you had a nice Mother's day?

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    1. Sure did :) Any time spent with family is a great time in my book. Hope yours went well too?

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  2. That's such a nice story. I was so excited when I had a daughter. I pictured the fun we would have shopping. Early on she never had any interest in shopping or clothes. Then when she became a teenager everything changed. She suddenly took interest and asked for my advice. We now enjoy many a days shopping and laughing. I had a great day today with my daughter. Hope all the moms out there did as well.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear (and envious!) of your relationship with your daughter, Sue. Every moment is precious. Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

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  3. Are you a UVa graduate? I got my Master's and PhD degrees from there.

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    1. Yep, I went there for my undergrad. Thanks for reaching out -- it's always fun to meet a fellow alum!

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  4. I had a little giggle when I read about you on AIM! That was our equivalent to texting today. A happy Mother's Day to your mom. :)

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    1. Haha, I still prefer online chatting over texting (thumbs too slow). I guess I'm just old school ;)

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