Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dreamsicle kit

As Mother's Day has been approaching, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood and how happy I was because I was raised by the best mother (I know, I am biased...but I believe it to be true!). You know the common phrase, "You never know what you've got until it's gone." Well, I am happy to say that while my mom was alive, we lived each day to its fullest. I cherished my mother and loved our relationship and everything that she taught me. For me personally, I would change the words to that quote to say, "You always knew what you had...especially now that she's gone." I feel so lucky to have no regrets. I feel so lucky to know that when she unexpectedly passed just over 3 years ago, and I didn't have the chance to call her on that day, that she KNEW that I loved her, and that I only felt complete love from her. I remember the last time that I saw her before she died. We were saying goodbye at an airport and she was hugging me tightly. And she said, "Summer, I hope that I have always been a good mother to you." I only felt complete love. I expressed my love to her and let her know that she has always been the BEST mother and that I felt so lucky. I am so happy to have that lasting memory!

My mom always made life happier and more fun. She was full of adventure and life. Growing up, if I ever needed to have a one-on-one talk with her about anything, she'd say, "Let's go get an ice cream." She always claimed that she could eat her ice cream faster than anyone...and it was true, at least in our family. When we'd go on family vacations and we were bored driving in the Suburban for many hours, she'd buy Ritz crackers and then show us how you can roll down the window, and when you're driving fast you can see how many Ritz crackers you can put on your hand as it is going against the wind. It was fun for us to watch her do that and for us to try. I remember us laughing as she sang circus music while she "performed" and started to even have them go on her arm.

I could write forever of my memories of her. Now that she is gone, I can feel the void. She was the life of the party. I have felt myself change as I realize the roll she truly played in my life. It makes me grateful to be so close to my dad and siblings. When we get together, it is just like old times and that life and adventure come back out of us again. It has helped me to realize that I need to be a better mom...that I need to be that kind of a mom for my own kids...that I need to bring some fun energy into their lives.

A couple of weeks ago I did something that I would have never thought of least not since I've had kids. It was something that I would have done when I was in high school maybe. I took trapeze lessons. It was so much fun, and I was so glad I did it, because it made me feel like ME again. (You can see pictures and watch a video here).

For this Mother's Day, my challenge to you is to fulfill some dream. I am not saying to go take trapeze lessons...but I am saying, think of something that you wouldn't normally do...something that will get you out of the mundane things of life and just bring a little spark into your day. Fulfill your dreams! Life is too short to not have a fun time and be happy!!!

(Sorry, I realized as I added a little bit of black to this kit that it ended up looking like a Halloween kit!)

*And for those who missed it, check out the following post for the Baroque Frame Brush!