Demdaco – design for the home – created a series of keepsakes that were modern and fun. Under the name, Willow Tree, there was a keepsake that I found attracted my attention. It was called, Mother and Daughter.
I bought it to give to my Mom. I was so excited that I found something that was so touching – and I knew that Mom would treasure it as she was far more sentimental – at that time – than I was. Indeed, it was received well. And it was displayed along side her Royal Dalton figurines. Honestly, we both knew that there was no price matching between the two – but the Willow collection was affordable and it was very touching and sentimental.
I could not bring this particular keepsake home. One of Dads caregivers collects Willows and so she was thrilled to take it. Had I brought it home it would have been wrong – it had been a gift that was given and accepted by Mom. There had been words exchanged of appreciation and admiration – maybe even a few tears. The keepsake would not do well to be given back.
Yet – when cleaning out Moms home today – I found the tag for the Willow and quickly put it in my back pocket. This was something that would be okay to bring home .. did I really need a reminder? No. But the caption on the tag read, Protect and cherish, give wings to fly. And that is what my Mom gave to me.
I have been so blessed in my life to have had a Mom that always put me first. She protected me and cherished me – she gave me wings to fly. I could always brag to her about the things I was doing and she would celebrate them along with me – never judge my arrogance. She supported my wing growth.
My mother was indeed a very special lady. She wore pearls. She wore diamond earrings. She was beautiful both on the inside and out. She taught me the real value of life – and it was not the pearls or diamonds – it was relationship. She taught me how to be a Mother. Not a Mom – but – a Mother.
If I am to be only half the Mother… my children would be lucky.
And so that tag will sit as a reminder to me of a time when I was able to thank my Mother and a time when she accepted my thanks…. and gave me wings to fly.
Thanks, Mom. I will never forget you. And I will always be grateful that I was your Daughter.