The Long Way Home


Beautiful
July 17, 2011, 9:57 AM
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The name Linda in its Germanic roots means, soft, tender, but my mother preferred the Spanish version, beautiful. We were often reminded of her beauty when men stopped to chat with her while on a  mundane trip to the  grocery store, or friends of ours — your mother, she’s so young-looking. I was proud and confused by my mother’s beauty because for all the attention she received, she was never satisfied with the way she looked. She was always searching, for something, but I never knew what. I go back to before I was born, I root through images. I see a young woman who took ceramic classes, writing workshops, drawing lessons. I see trips to the beach and beautiful dresses that I wish she had saved for me. I knew an older woman who lived deep in the past, wondering what she’d be when she grew up.

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It’s wonderful that you can come to understand your mother more through these images. Your writing is so evocative.

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Comment by farmhouse stories

Wow, another heartbreaking, insightful, and absolutely lovely entry. These writings really make me wish I could have met your mother in person, but seeing her through your eyes is truly “beautiful.”

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Comment by motherblue212

I feel as if I’m getting to ‘know’ her too. I miss the mother I remember from 10 years ago. (thanks for reading too – your support means a lot to me!).

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Comment by Lisa

Absolutely. Your words are like therapy to me, as well.

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Comment by motherblue212

That’s so incredibly sweet to hear. It means a lot that you are so supportive!

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