Last Saturday, I picked up in the kitchen, putting pantry foodstuffs together on a large tray for G. to help put away. You know how things pile up during the week on the chairs, magazines, newspapers, books? I emptied out several caches of them stacked around our living space that opens to the kitchen, our great room where we spend most of our waking hours.
I pulled myself onto the old leather couch to take a rest after a couple of hours of light housekeeping, planning to read some magazines before lunch. G. arrived from one of his piano moves and clucked at me to go and take my shower with the bench placed in the tub so that I could sit while washing my hair. But, i protested, wanting to wait awhile until I caught my breath. No luck–as G. nudged me towards the bedroom.
Sighing, I went along, finding myself secure enough to stand partly for the warm water to run down my back and then, sitting on the seat, washed my hair, putting a moisturizing cream rinse at the end. Dripping, I combed out my tangled hair with a wide-toothed wooden comb.
Almost dressed, I heard a light, lilting voice saying, “hello!” I looked up and saw my youngest daughter, C. (who lives an hour away,) walking towards me as though an apparition. She said, “Surprise, Mom! I brought you lunch to celebrate mother’s day today because we’re going to be out of town next weekend at a wedding in Chicago.”
Honestly, I was speechless! It’s hard to surprise me about anything and I realized G. was cued in on the surprise too, hence his shuffling me to take a shower sooner rather than later. With a wide smile on her face, Caitlin brought in bags of food and a gorgeous flower arrangement of dark purple parrot tulips, orange ranunculus and fine-leaved ferns, casually encircling the bouquet. She was an angel who brought this little mother’s day treat, hosted in absentia also by my daughter M. and their partners, plus my granddaughter, J., of course.
Here are photos of this little feast! I am so touched by this thoughtful gesture. It was one of the best mother’s day celebrations ever, especially so beautifully wrought a week early!
And thanks to everyone, especially, C., who was so sweet and thoughtful to enact this mother’s day tribute. The food was fabulous!