Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bittersweet

Mother's Day can be a rather strange holiday for me. My mother passed away when I was 5, so the loss weighs heavy on that day. For many years we just acted like the day didn't exist, but now that I have my own kids, I can't really pretend anymore. Luckily, I have been able to create some wonderful memories on Mother's Day, so while I acknowledge the loss, I can now celebrate being a mother myself.

Here is one memory that was made this Mother's Day that I will cherish. I was in bed and my 4 year, Kyle, came in and told me it was time to get up. I asked if i could just sleep a little bit longer. He quickly said "Oh yeah, it's Mother's Day, so you stay in bed because I am going to make you something and I will wake you up when I am done." He ran out of the room, and less than 2 minutes later, he was calling me to get up, so I could get his clay out so he could make what he wanted to make me. So much for sleeping in. Here is what he made me:












They are reversible and I helped with the bail and the ribbon, but he did all the stamping and painting (Can you tell I am proud). It was definitely worth waking up for. I also got a palm plant, tulips, 2 wonderful cards and $100 gift card to spend on clothes (not art supplies). Mother's Day will always be bittersweet for me, but each year the sweet gets sweeter and the bitter gets a little less bitter.

10 comments:

Dashery Jewelry & Accessories said...

Those pendants are wonderful. Kyle did a really great job!

maia (glassbeach) said...

Thank you for sharing such a sweet and poignant story. It's good to hear you had a lovely Mother's Day and Kyle rocked in the present department!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Kyle did a beautiful job on those clay pendants!

Terri said...

Oh my, those are beautiful pendants!!
Marvelous job, Kyle!

msbelle said...

How wonderful your kids must be. Certainly talented, that's for sure. Following in their mother's footsteps. I understand about special days like that as my father died when I was 5. To not know what it was like to have two parents growing up doesn't make it better or worse, just different. Do you feel that way?
ginger

Steph said...

Oh my - that is so terrific! You can really tell he has been watching you. Blockparty Jr.!

Block Party Press said...

Thanks everybody for your comments! I shared them with Kyle and he was very proud. He went right back to his clay to make some more!

msbelle - I agree. When I was growing up it didn't seem abnormal having just one parent, just different, but as I have gotten older and become a mother myself, I can better realize just what I missed.

tracychong said...

Beautiful pendants! What an inspiration both of you must be to each other :)

Lori said...

Tamara...
What a wonderful post! I wish I would have read it earlier. The pendants your son made are beautiful, I am sure you wear them proudly :)

Mothers Day for me has become bittersweet as well. I lived with my grandmother a good part of my growing up, she was very inspiring to me and I loved her dearly. She passed away two years ago, on Mothers Day. I am proud to know that the last exchange we had was earlier that day as I left her apartment. "I love you grandma" I said, and she called out "Lori, I love you very, very much! I smiled and shut the door.....

I sure miss her!
Lori aka Cutesis

m.Lee said...

I know how you feel about mother's day. Now that I am pregnant I can't ignore it anymore.

The pendants your children made are quite beautiful! Teach me teach me!

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