My mom back home watering the trough turned flower bed which stands at the beginning of the driveway. Our routines after Chelsea's wedding come back to play allowing us to take comfort in the familiar, giving direction after happily intense emotion, and a way to pad the ache of saying goodbye. My niece Molly, one of the five nieces who came early June for two weeks in France, sent me this photo of my mom with a message that said, "Isn't she the cutest?"
Yes, she is.
Yes, you are.
Thank you, mom, for watering our hearts and lives with your love, for putting us first, for leading the way with your beautiful example of devotion and steadfastness.