Monday, May 27, 2013

10 years ago today

Today is a day of reflection for me, Mom passed away 10 years ago today.  And I must admit we was blessed to have her with us as long as we did.  She would have turned 80 that year, she was a "normal" mother who hollowed at her kids to come for supper (we obviously didn't have cell phones back then) and she was cranky at times and she wasn't perfect but then again none of us are either.  I have to tell you about a piece that I stitched for her.  We were visiting the family in New Brunswick and my niece Laurie asked if I wanted to see her stitching mags... duh, yeah!  Among the magazines was a kit entitled Footprints, it was a beautiful design and she said if I wanted it, I could have it.  After much deliberation I said No thanks.  We had a lovely visit with them and just before leaving my Mom asked if I would get that kit because she would like to do it.  Not a problem - inside my head I was thinking she really had no idea how big it was.  Shortly after our visit, Mom ended up in the hospital.  While visiting I brought the kit along with me to sort the threads, she gasped when she saw the size of the fabric!  Its huge! She knew at that point that she was not going to be able to stitch it, she thought that it was an 8x10... oops, its more like 20x24!  To make a long story short, I stitched it for her and she saw me working on it and kept saying how beautiful it was and how beautiful it would be when finished.  I finished it the week before she died.  Luv ya Mom.

And yes Mom did see it completely finished.  Today my friends, take the time to appreciate your loved ones because we never know how long they will be with us.  Love you dearly.  Louise


  1. What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing something so personal! It's almost 12 years since I lost my mom and I still miss her all the time. I have things I stitched for her, stitched while she was in the hospital the last time and a piece that she never finished stitching. I finished that piece with metallic thread and have it lovingly hanging in my living room. Mom's are so special - and you're right, we never know how long we'll have our dear loved ones!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to the memory of your dear mother. How proud she would be of your accomplishments,and of the loving person you are, with friends all over the world. And, of course, the dutiful daughter you are to your dad. Imagine her awe and delight of all the new stitching media now available! Those colours and patterns......