Friday, May 11, 2012

They've Arrived

The wait always seems
so long.
Especially when I see pictures of all of yours.
When I realize the calendar says
May 10,
I have to admit they are actually early.
I do hope you're not all tired of them.


Their heady aroma
has always intoxicated me.
As a young girl,
I dreamed of getting married and 
carrying a huge bouquet of them.


I still fancy lovely childhood memories
when I see and smell them.
But they always have and always will
make me think of my Mom.
She instilled her love of flowers within me.

Seven years ago this month,
she passed away.
My brother diligently cut lilacs
in the rain.
My sister and I placed them lovingly in vases
and filled the alter at church with them.
It is what she would have wanted.
Along with a lone bagpiper
playing her songs.

As Mothers Day arrives on Sunday,
I share the loss of others that 
no longer have their Moms with them.
For those that still have their Moms,
I envy you.
I celebrate with you.
Hug her.
Love her.
You never know how long you'll have her.

To all of you that are Moms,
have a wonderful
Mother's Day weekend.
You've earned it.
You deserve it.

33 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Happy Mothers Day to you sweet friend... Lilacs also keep my fondest memories of my mama close inside my heart, as we also gathered Lilacs together every Spring... our mamas both passed in May... and yours and my birthdays are both in May... we do indeed have a special bond you and I... sending much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

My Mom passed away 7 years ago too...I like the way you expressed how to appreciate their Moms. I miss my Mom so much
Love the lilacs

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

I'm sure your mother is STILL with you in the scent of lilacs.

Susan said...

Happy Mothers Day to you dear Jill. The lilacs are beautiful, and it's awesome that they bring back memories of your mother. Enjoy your weekend!

Paula said...

A beautiful tribute to Mothers everywhere. I'm leaving later this morning to spend the whole week-end with my daughters. You have a nice one.

Donna said...

Lost my Mom 16yrs ago this weekend...Mothers Day was hard to get through for years but I'm ok with it now... LOVE the flowers!
Happy Mothers Day!
hughugs

Madi and Mom said...

Jill this is beautiful....bless your heart!! Madi and I send you a hug on this Mother's Day weekend and we'll hug our mom/grandma extra....
Madi and MOm

Gloria Hood said...

Blessing for you on Mothers day! Ahhhhh the sweet smell of lilacs!

TexWisGirl said...

amen. lilacs make me think of my mom, too. we'd pick them and put them in vases for her. unfortunately they made her wheeze! poor thing!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

A happy Mother's Day to you my friend-what a treasure you are...Thanks for sharing this memory-it brought back my childhood also.I know this is such a hard Mother's Day for me,my first without my mother. So glad I have so many special people in my life.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a sweet post, Jill. Happy mother's day to you!

Annmarie Pipa said...

yep..me too..my moms birthday was in May and she loved lilacs and lilly of the valley...I think of her every time I see or smell those beautiful flowers...and miss her!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your lilacs are gorgeous. I love their scent so much too. Enjoy them Jill. Happy Mother's day to you.

blessings,
Danielle

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Jill, I, too, lost my mom in May - the week before Mother's Day 17 years ago.

Thinking of you this weekend.

Beth said...

A lovely post for mom's all over the world. I lost my mother many years ago and I still miss her and see her face when I look in the mirror.

I love lilacs too. Happy Mother's Day to you!
Beth

Eva Ason said...

I love these flowers..they smell wonderfully!
Happy Mother's Day to you too my friend!

Eva

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

So gorgeous and fragrant! Happy Mother's Day to you Jill!

Saun said...

Happy Mothers Day to you too. Gorgeous flowers :)

Ellie said...

Oh Jill what a lovely post - brought a lump to my throat.
Lilac's are indeed very lovely.
Hope you have a great Mother's Day yourself.

Jackie said...

Happy Mother's day Jill. Loved your post!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a lovely post and tribute!

I lost my Mom 5 years ago, and like your Mom, mine gave me my love for flowers too.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Debbie said...

my little kims are just blooming now. they always bloom after the rest. i am hoping for a pretty vase full for the table on sunday. i am making breakfast for my mom!!

have a wonderful weekend ms. jill, enjoy those little ones ;)))

Michaele said...

To one of the best moms I know - Happy Mothers Day Jill. I loved this post.

Susan said...

Your words and photos are so heart-tuggingly sweet Jill.
Enjoy your Mothers Day too xx

Lynne said...

Thinking of you . . . Sixteen years for me . . . YES . . . appreciate moms while they are near . . .

Nancy said...

Happy Mother's Day Jill. Big hugs! :)

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful and heartfelt post...

Happy Mother's day sweet friend!

Nancy

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Your post is so beautiful Jill. You always seem to have the right words to say.
Happy Mother's Day to you. Hope you spend it with your loved ones.
ANA

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Jill, Happy Mother's Day to you. I am not an envious person, but I too envy those that still have their Moms. I hope that the lilacs comfort you with happy memories of your dear Mom, and that you have a wonderful day! Love, Penny

Donna said...

Oh dear Jill,

Your words to all of us were just lovely and full of love. Thank you so very much!

Your flowers are quite lovely. I found my love of gardening from my Baba who reminded me of Noah, only with plants, two of everything it seemed! Along with his ducks, eating all the bugs!

Jill, I wish you a wonderful Happy Mother's Day filled with love and happiness!

Hugs,
Donna

Walking on Sunshine... said...

That was beautiful! I'm sure the church looked and smelled beautiful as well! Enjoy your Mother's Day!

Tammy said...

Happy Mother's Day, Jill :)
I can almost smell the lilacs.

EG CameraGirl said...

Hope you had a wonderful day, Jill.

BTW, my lilacs are not out yet so yours beat mine. :)