by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows,
brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends -
but only one mother in the whole world."
~Kate Douglas Wiggin
It is my Mum's birthday today! She never asks for much on her birthday - maybe a small bag of Bernard Callebaut chocolate shavings (generally used to garnish cakes and other desserts but my Mum likes to eat them from a small glass dish with a teaspoon). I always struggle to think of something special to do for her - this year she foiled most of my ideas by insisting on tagging along whenever I tried to slip out to get something special for a surprise. I thought I would buy her a cake - but I couldn't get to the bakery. I thought I would get her some flowers but when I casually suggested on my day off we go to the little shopping complex where our favorite florist resides (thinking I could lose her for a moment and run to the flower shop) she said she would rather go somewhere else (and how could I insist I ask you??). After I failed for what must have been the third or fourth time I threw up my hands in exasperation and declared, "How am I supposed to do anything for your birthday when you upset all of my brilliant plans!!!" - to which she answered that all she wanted me to get her was Callebaut shavings . . . You see what I am up against. So I bought her her shavings (and some chocolates just to thwart her) and drew her a picture, I wrote a card, and now the only thing I can think to do is announce to the world (or those of you who might be reading this) how very, very much I love her. I think she is the loveliest person to ever exist and will always be my most cherished friend! I have put together a few bright and lovely photos that remind me of her and her ability to create beauty wherever she is. Her talent and passion has fuelled mine and her encouragement continues to sustain me. Happy Birthday Mummy!
Drawing by Jennelise