A Plastic Mother’s Day

     The day before Mother’s Day, when I was about ten years old, I rode my bike down to our village, (with all of my saved-up allowance money- probably around $5) and headed straight into Woolworth’s.
     A shopping mecca by anyone’s standards.
     I spent what felt like h-o-u-r-s going up and down the aisles in search of the perfect gift for my perfect mother, until I stumbled upon the artificial flower department.
     Genius! Neon colors never seen in nature and plastic to boot!
     They would live forever as a physical reminder of my awesomeness and great fashion forward home decor atheistic.
     Day-glo orange roses were selected and purchased. 
     Day-glo people.
     Like mind-numbing glo-in-the-dark screaming meemee Orange.
     I had never been more proud.
     My mother accepted them with the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and hugs and kisses that were the expected result of my expression of love- and style, and the 70’s hippie coolness that was ‘me’.
     I was satisfied. My job was done- but hers was not.
     That night my parents were hosting a dinner party.
     The table was set.
     The crystal was sparkling.
     The linens were pressed.
     Perfect- like always.
     And there, at center stage, were my gamma ray plastic orange roses arranged in all of their glory!
     But wait- it get’s better… as the guests arrived and eyed her ‘choice’ of centerpiece, she never said a word.
     Not one word.
     All damn night long!
     God, I LOVE that woman…

she’s more than perfect.

One of my favorite photographs that I took of my mother, in her early Fifties.
Damn her.
Actually, perfect.

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  • House Crazy Sarah - What a touching/great story Cheryl! That photo of your mom is sensational – she looks so glam!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - She is so glam. We call her The Duchess! Thanks for stopping by Sarah. Later today I’ll be coming around your way!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey OneFunnyMotha - So sweet. Great story & tribute to your mother.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Of course, what else would you say about a mother on Mother’s Day (especially if she might stop by). Love ya MOM!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hall - That’s a beautiful picture of your mom! You took that when she was in her 50s? It’s so good!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - AW! What a great story and amazing picture of your mom! WOW.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - She’s 73 now and still so beautiful- though a little whiter at the temples. Hahahah. Thanks for stopping by Chris. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.ReplyCancel

  • Piper George - Lovely picture – true style!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I styled her for this photo shot. She had been a professional model in her younger years and I thought I should get one more series of photo’s before she said “enough of that”, but it’s her innate style that shines through. Such a beauty- inside and out.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Gosh, your Mom is so beautiful, as are you. Happy Mother’s DayReplyCancel

  • Ida Mae West-Simone - Cheryl, it sounds like your mom’s a real beauty both inside and out, with poise and grace. I love how she handled that treasure of a centerpiece with the honor and dignity it deserved. What a beautiful post. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers who know just what to do with the precious gifts they receive!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hear Hear! She was just so cool under fire- always. Unflappable really. And so loving and steady. A true role model.ReplyCancel

  • Hope Reid - That is such a sweeeet story. Love it! Just like a Mom. She didn’t make any excuses. it belonged there and it was beautiful. Your Mom is beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I just love your comment Hope- I can hear your voice- and it’s a happy one. So nice to meet you and I hope you come back and visit again soon. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!ReplyCancel

  • Home Lifestyle Design - Wow! Love your story – that’s what Mom’s do, accept a gift graciously & then put it right in the center of everything where it will not be missed. Love It!! I just found your blog and I am your newest follower.
    Patty @ http://homeandlifestyledesign.blog.com/ReplyCancel

  • Adventures in Low Vision - Cheryl I hope you are ok. You have been quiet since the violence in the city.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Have I? I’m just fine. The Mother’s Day violence was in New Orleans East which is far away (to the east) but I appreciate the concern. As for being quite- I’m writing posts for the week as we speak. And then- off to travel! So I’ll be gathering info instead of writing about it. A girls’ gotta have a life! XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - amazing story! moms are awesome! Happy mothers day by the way! <3ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - A wonderful story to share. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • deeprooted - Your mum looks fabulous! You both seem to share an amazing character! I love the story you told about her….ReplyCancel

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