The Long Way Home

February 10, 2012, 6:50 AM
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My mother was never one for ceremony, but birthdays were different. Birthdays — particularly *her* birthday — turned into birth months, and for weeks leading up to the event she’d drop hints on all the gifts she wanted. She always called me on my birthday, recalling details of my birth: how much I weighed, what time I was born, how difficult I was to bring into this world. We’d laugh; not much had changed. I had grown into a complicated woman, and it is only now that I accept how like my mother I am: stubborn, independent and curious, relishing solitude.  We don’t want to admit as we get older that we have become clichés — our parents. Today I’ll celebrate the day of her birth with Suzy-Qs and a can of Pepsi, thinking about how much I miss her since she’s been gone.





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Your Mom was “cool”!

Comment by Mountain Mama

thank you!

Comment by Lisa

Thanks for sharing these loving photos and birthday memories, Lisa. Michael

Comment by Michael Williamson

you’re welcome, michael – thank you for reading too.

Comment by Lisa

As soon as I started reading about her birthday month I immediately thought of you!

Comment by Michelle

now you know where i get it from (hee hee!).

Comment by Lisa

Great post and fantastic vintage photos. My favourite is the one with the dog.

Comment by munchow

thank you for the kind words, munchow. i love that photo of her with the dog too – she looks happy.

Comment by Lisa

What a beautiful post. Your mum looks like she was a very fashionable young woman. I love the photo of her in the colourful pants-suit with the pup.

Comment by Photobooth Journal

thanks, katherine! since i collect vintage clothing, i wish all the time that she had saved some of those amazing ensembles of hers.

Comment by Lisa

I love everything about this post. Simple words, wonderful photos.

Comment by motherallie

thank you so much for the sweet words.

Comment by Lisa

I never knew about her Birthday month- now I know whre that comes from!

Comment by jeff

mummy was right — it’s how all birthdays should be celebrated.

Comment by Lisa

Love you !

Comment by Ang


Comment by Lisa

I used to love Suzy Qs. Maybe I should have one today in her honor. Put a candle in it, turn out the lights, make a wish. Happy birthday to your mama.

Comment by motherblue212

i have a whole box of them – a chance to make a few wishes.

Comment by Lisa

Happy Wishing with a very full belly. :)

Comment by motherblue212

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