Thursday, November 22, 2012

Move Over Mom!

Time will explain it all.
He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.

This afternoon and it being a little cool and damp outside I lay here curled up beside my Mom, she is taking up most of her bed even though she is much smaller than I. We are watching the Santa Claus parade on the TV with all those colourful floats of characters that I have not paid any attention to in years. We giggle and laugh out loud as we wait for the main character to make his appearance at the end of the parade. Santa Claus is coming but first we tap our toes and hum along with the music and the marching bands.

Mom thinks of a story and tells it as if it was yesterday and I hang on every word. This story is about when she was visiting friends while doing some Christmas shopping and her seeing the huge Toronto Santa Claus parade for the first time. I have never tired of this story and I can feel her excitement as she relives the marching bands, the colourful floats, and the very excited people in the busy streets. Everyone was waiting for Santa Claus and she was remembering all the children cheering when he showed up with his sleigh full of toys, his long white beard and bright red suit.

This morning I dragged out the Christmas china my Mom picked up at a neighbour’s yard sale on a hot summers day, she is as excited about them now as she was then. She always loves a bargain and knew she would use them even if sometimes we doubted it. It does not matter that Christmas is more than a month away it makes her happy which in turn makes me happy.

Mom throws her arm over me and I say, Move over; are you trying to get more of the bed? She laughs and says “Yes, I am cold” we pull the blanket up. We both giggle. I love these times spent alone with Mom, I do not remember too many of those times growing up while being the eldest of ten.

I do remember feeling that my sister T was lucky growing up and being the youngest because when everyone had grown up and eventually moved out she had a lot of time alone with Mom and Dad, very lucky. I have realized lately that I did not spend a lot of quality time with T while she was growing up; I have no idea why maybe it was just that there was such a crowd in between. A very crowded age gap. I do know we have lots of time to make up for that.

Tonight T and her daughter S will join Mom, My Hero and I for supper. We will eat the food simmering in the crockpot served on those colourful Christmas plates around the colourfully decorated table and giggle and smile. Mom will share more of her stories with us all and we will laugh and wonder if they are true.

Mom snuggles closer, Santa Claus makes his entrance and we cheer and smile; she changes the channel and we head over to spend some quality time on the Starship Enterprise with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Move over Mom. Giggle giggle.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the USA.

Be Happy and leave those nice fancy plates on the table. What are you waiting for?



  1. As always, you make me Cry Happy....... xo

    Life's too short not to use the Good Stuff!

    and a Happy, Blessed Day!


  2. You have such a wonderful family Buttons! Enjoy your day, and your time with your Mom and your sister!!

  3. It's wonderful to read about the relationship between you and your Mom and see how close you all are.

    Have a wonderful and joyous day!

  4. Enjoy your time with mom and family today -- xo.

  5. Happg Thanksgiving Buttons. I wish everyone would/could read your stories. We all need remunders of how important family is.

    Cindy Bee

  6. Nice that now your Mom and you have the time and take it to be close to each other.

  7. Such pretty china! I have a set of Christmas china but I got it out and I'm missing 4 plates, 4 dessert plates, and all the mugs. I need to figure out where they got off to!

  8. What a heart warming story.

    Have a wonderful day.

  9. Enjoy your time with your mother, while you have her, and her mind is still there!!

  10. can't help but smile over your mom's memories and your retelling of them. and thank you for the kind words, as always...

  11. So beautiful. You wrote that and made me feel as if I was there. This warmed my heart.

  12. so sweet, dear buttons. me, being a youngest T of eight kids, can relate to missing out knowing my older siblings, and for enjoying more quiet time with my mom than some of the others may have gotten. :)

  13. What a great story. Reminds me of the week I spent with my Grandma when she was in the hospital. It was good giggle time.

  14. So sweet Buttons. No wonder you are so loving. What a great family you have. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  15. B...10! What a great post. Are you sure you don't have enough time to write a book about your family and farm life? Love the relationship you have with your Mom and that china is sweet! Have a great day.

  16. What a sweet post and such a lovely way to spend time with your mom!!
    Those are some of the prettiest Christmas dishes I have seen in a long time! :)

  17. Lovely post . I wish I could do things like that with my mum . I do so miss her and our time we had together ! Hold on to your mum and every story she tells whether it be true or not ! Have a good day !

  18. Love your writing. You write from the heart. I just want to make a couple comments from a fellow writer. Oh, by the way your secret is safe with me. Thanks for the conversation today. When you talk about your sisters, brothers, husband etc. Give them nicknames. The reader has a hard time finding sympathy or connecting with an intial like K, J or L. All readers want to connect and put a face to people, even though it may not be the right face. Putting a face to L, K or J is really hard. Now putting a face to Mom or Buttons is quite easy. People will become much more connected to your stories once you do this. You write about what people like. Keep up the good work and I will be reading you all the time.
    Just call me the Algonquin Hiker.
    Stay strong and don't forget to Button up!

  19. What a lovely way to spend the day.. enjoying the present and fond memories.

  20. ~enjoy your family time buttons~

    (i wish i could have had more time with my family...)

    nice warm & fun always!

  21. So lovely to use the Christmas china! Who says we can't celebrate whenever we want to? :))


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