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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mother's Day Flowers

"For Mom," Mother's Day Card, 5 x 7 watercolor card, inspired by a Linda Riddle painting
Bring your mother flowers this week.
I will this Sunday, driving down to the Waurika, OK, cemetery, as I have for many years, to plant real flowers on her grave.
Forty years ago she died this summer, just two months after I'd taken her to Scott White in Temple, Texas, and they found nothing wrong. She spent the last month of her life in the Duncan hospital, most of it in a coma.
I've written about this before, though it's been a couple of years.
My annual journey is my tradition, to wash the grave stone, a chance to talk to her, to remember, to reflect, to plant real flowers. I know she's not there, but it doesn't matter. It's a reunion. 
This year seems more important than ever, for some reason. Especially now, in the midst of pandemic craziness, I want to focus on love and kindness, and beauty, and she helps me. That's why there are flowers, flowers she deserves. And thus today's little watercolor card.
Bring your mother flowers this week.
Mother's Day Reunion

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