Friday, November 23, 2012

A Wonderful Day!

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
                                          Havelock Ellis


Well yesterday I pulled myself out of bed, I dragged my tired butt across the frozen ground to go feed the cows in my rubber boots with no socks, don’t do that it was cold. I had a story pop into my head about breakfast and the way my mind works is that it will continually roll around and around in that empty space until I can get it out, I loved where it was heading and after feeding said cows I headed back in the house. I cut up everything into my trusty crockpot and plugged it in. I wrote a few notes down and looked at the photos I had taken of the breakfast feeding and I was going to put it all together when I decided to go have another dinner with Mom. I could post this story later. I turned off the computer put the paper and pen away, got dressed and I left with my crockpot and a grocery list that I have been holding on to for my Mom.

First I thought I should go shopping at the huge BOX store, I know now why they call it that, huge, very crowded, square shaped and a lot of boxes piled high above your head.  I hit the busy highway and headed straight to the city after a brief stop to drop off the crockpot at my still sleeping Mom’s house and leaving her a note telling to get ready I will be coming back and we will be going on an adventure.

At the box store with my enormous cart full of all things needed on the list to make it through the winter and maybe into spring, I walked while leaning slightly to the left, and carefully pushed the piled high cart and maneuvered my way through the crowds; I paid the woman at the cash and headed to the door. I must say I was very happy to be leaving and heading to the parking lot. I was unloading the groceries when I heard beep, beep near me I looked around and seen nothing I continued to unload, there it was again, and now I heard it in the other direction. 

I heard beep beeping all around me I was wondering if the universe was going crazy and all things electronic were malfunctioning. It appears people go into big box stores and park their cars not paying attention so when they come out they just keep pushing the button on their keys to hear where they park. Yes an annoying chorus of beeps from every direction leading people to cars, trucks and vans and other people’s beeps. The problem being most beeps sound the same so I really do not know how that helps anyone. I laughed and looked at my very dusty covered Jeep, in a sea of shiny vehicles and I knew I was always going to be able to find mine. I hopped into the dirty Jeep and headed back to Mom’s.


When I arrived at Mom’s well she was dressed, and not quite ready to go but the aroma coming from the crockpot was wonderful. I unloaded the bounty and packed up all things needed for a picnic lunch for Mom, we hopped into the dirty Jeep and headed for sister Lizzie's (formerly known as sister M) who happens to have a new kitty I thought Mom would enjoy. Off we go singing all the way.
Well I will wrap this part of the story up by saying Mom had a wonderful day and I must say so did everyone else that was there, it was certainly a full house. She said goodbye to everyone including MJ the dancing kitty.

On the way past the old house which is now just a shell we stopped and Mom wanted out. Mom stood and stared inside, she was very quiet. She turns and says to me “That was a wonderful day and I am going to miss this old house.There are a lot of good memories here.”


Back at Mom’s we enjoyed that turkey stew on one of those fancy Christmas plates and talked about the wonderful day we had and memories of that old house. She told me she remembers sometimes not eating so that the kids would have enough. I watch her enjoying her second bowl of stew and a second piece of rye bread. I do remember that Mom and I will never forget it.

She said she was very tired, so after tucking her in I headed home to finish that story. I decided this story was more important SO I will talk about breakfast with the cows some other day.  Thanks Mom.

Later

At the suggestion of a fellow writer and old friend, I will be giving all my characters names instead of those silly initials I had assigned them. Thank you Algonquin Hiker it was so nice to bump into you on the trail.

41 comments:

  1. What could be better than an adventure with a dancing kitty! I know your mother appreciates all you do for her; and I appreciate you sharing it with all of us.

    Would you like me to send you a slice (or two) of cheesecake? It has choooocolate... =D

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  2. Love, love that photo of mom at the house. Happy/sad tears welling up for me. xo

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  3. What a sweet kitty. Sounds like a nice day!

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  4. Wow, that picture of Mom at the front door could be any day from the past, only she was usually looking toward the street wondering where her own kids were and who was tagging along with them.
    So glad that you had a good day, sorry I was out on adventure of my own and didn't get the call, but I am sure Mr. H kept you amused.

    Love You, BA

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  5. Loved your story and loved your Mom outside her home.

    Thandks for sharing.

    Brought tears to my eyes.

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  6. I may not drop a line everyday, Buttons..but still reading your blog as my morning news...

    Love the picture of your Mom standing at the door..aw they were the days. :)

    Hugs fr Aunti M

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  7. If this is M's morning news,

    it is then my bedtime story.

    Lovely.

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  8. A beautiful post Buttons! May God Bless you and your dear mother.

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  9. A picture of the future staring into the past...life in reverse....almost chilling.

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  10. I hope Hero got some of that stew!
    I love that photo of your Mom at the old house - so evocative!!
    My Mom doesn't reminisce like that - I will have to ask her why...

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  11. glad you and your mom and sis had a good day. :)

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  12. Those are the moments that last a lifetime.

    Reading your story reminded me of moments with my mother.

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  13. Wonderful post ! I am glad you all had a nice day ! Lovely photo of your mum in the doorway of the house that holds so many memories ! Have a good day !

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  14. oh buttons, what a wonderful day you had indeed!!

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  15. Awww, what a sweet post. Is that your mom in front of the old house? My grandparents, who I spent most of my childhood with, were poor, but I never knew it. Those are my most favorite memories from childhood, being with them. I don't remember any STUFF, just the warmth of their home.

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  16. It sounds like you sure had a nice day...you are a wonderful daughter...doing these special things that your Mom enjoys, triggering the good memories she has, while making more of your own!

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  17. What a nice day with your family! You are a great daughter for braving the big box store!

    Cute kitty, too! I'm a cat person :)

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  18. What a lovely day you and your Mom spent together. I can just imagine the stories she could tell, reminds me of my Mom and the fun we had together. Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. I love the adventures that you and your Mom go on. You are such a thoughtful and loving person!

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  20. Thanks for sharing. With Thanksgiving, my parents -- long gone -- have really been on my mind. What a joy to spend time with your mother.

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  21. Bless you real good Buttons! Great photos today.

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  22. You know how to bring it home.
    Thanks,lot of nice memories in those pictures for me.

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  23. You can make any day an interesting story. The photo is deep. Knowing the story behind it really gives it more mixed emotions. Well done.

    Best wishes for good days for you and your mom.

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  24. what another lovely post. I am one of those annoying people who beep there alarms as I am always forgetting where I park!!!

    Gill

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  25. Glad you got to spend the day with your mom and sister. I also braved the grocery store today- it wasn't too awful, but I was sure glad to get out of there.

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  26. I so laughed at your description of your jeep. Mine is the same, always dirty and no automatic anything. I have been known to leave a square outline of mud on a rainy day:) Glad you had a great day with your mom. It sounds like she is doing much better.

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  27. That was a nice story. I'm glad yu had a good time with your family. A good way to find your car better than all the similar beeps

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  28. A special day to be sure, and the photo is quite poignant.
    Had to laugh about the Jeep; with all the cars these days in their gray anonymity I am always thankful that I can always find my rusty old beater of a truck in the parking lot. We call it the Plugger truck after the cartoon.

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  29. what a special picture of mom and great memories!!

    i soooo enjoy stories about days gone past...shared over a holiday meal!!

    you tell wonderful stories!!

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  30. What a wonderful Daughter you are. I hope when I am your Moms age, my Daughter takes me on an adventure.

    No socks in your boot,... you are going to freeze your feet off.

    Great minds think alike because I made some turkey stew too. YUMO!

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  31. The Algonquin HikerNovember 24, 2012 7:17 PM

    Love your sister's new name. Now I can put a face to her. The Theater of the Mind.

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  32. Hello stranger! It was really good to hear from you this evening. It has been a long while! Blogging can do that.....losing touch.

    What a wonderful relationship you have with your mother. Good that you can do it now. You will have time later hopefully to build the same type of relationship with your youngest sister. That too happened in my family...the oldest, a sister, barely knows the youngest, a sister. Almost 20 years between them.

    Good to be back here. And thanks for coming by today.
    Jim

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  33. What an incredibly poignant photo of your Mother standing in the doorway! Love your stories, Buttons, and this one of your day is very touching. I recently stood in the doorway of my Mother's abandoned home and felt her spirit all around me. I am so very grateful for the happy memories and I know you feel the same. Hold them close. You are a good daughter. Hugs, xx

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  34. I like this story very much! :)

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  35. What a wonderful day. The kitty reminds me of my Daughters cat, always begging, especially turkey.

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  36. Ah that sounds like a perfect day for you all. Wonderful picture of your mum at her old house. Such happy and sad memories for her!!!
    You are good at telling your stories - I wish I could do it as well as you :))

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  37. That sounds like a lovely day. So glad you shared it with us. Love your photos.

    I think I have said this before but I really do wish I could write like you. Your writing is wonderful.

    Hugs~

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  38. The later part of each month I try to stop by some new blog and I came over from down to earth...from Rhonda blog.
    What a wonderful post...I didn't go out shopping this weekend...Let me take that back Saturday I stop in at a our local book store but didn't get a thing.
    If you have a minute stop by for some coffee.

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  39. I LOVE the Havelock Ellis quote. How true! And I too laugh at all the beeps in parking lots. :))

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