A Mother's Day Tribute....

Hello friends!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day!

It wouldn't be Mother's Day without special thoughts of Mother (I never called her "Mom"), so I can't help but take some time out from convention work and shipping Derby week sales (don't forget...the sale lasts through tonight!) to share what's on my mind...

My Mother has been gone for a few years, and I miss her lots....but she left me with many wonderful, cherished memories and traditions that never fail to put a smile in my heart...as well as the many treasures she so lovingly gifted me throughout the years.

I was a "late" baby, and a very welcomed surprise. As such, I was "indulged" but never spoiled. (Ok...at least that's what I tell myself...and truly believe! LOL!)

In many ways I had a fairytale childhood...credited only to my dear Mother's dedication, drive and commitment that I would not "want" for anything.

Mother was responsible not only for my love of dolls (and much of my doll collection), but also my passion for fashion and the "beautiful" things in life. Mother taught me not only how to entertain with flair, but also how to make any day special with an unexpected, loving touch and how to turn the most ordinary things into something unique. She was the most creative person I have ever met!

My Mother demonstrated first hand that hard work with good timing and a little luck can make your dreams reality...showing me that anything is possible if you just don't give up. (Yes...it's my Mother's fault that I am a little hard headed...LOL!)

She taught me how to be frugal so that I'm able to be extravagant!

She did not, however, teach me her knack for cooking and cleaning house...LOL...but that was OK, for she understood that not everyone is blessed with those talents.

My Mother taught me that to be "different" meant to be special and that it wasn't so bad to stand out in a crowd. I knew it was OK to be "me" whatever that entailed. She taught me not to worry over making mistakes (I still struggle with that one...LOL!) And when I fretted over not being "perfect", she let me know that, in her eyes, there was no one more special.

My Mother was always game and ready for anything...whether it was a visit from the Easter Bunny on my birthday (which is in October..LOL), an impromptu party with all the kids in my class, a drive-in movie or slumber party with both guys and gals (of course we slept on different floors), taking me to a Beatles concert when I was in the 5th grade, sewing clothes under my "creative" direction, or any of countless other fun activities!

Mother's generosity was unmatched...it wasn't unusual for her to open her heart and home to a friend who needed a place to stay or a wayward child who needed a home. She never failed to deliver when I requested a favor for friends who could use a helping hand. And I learned it never hurts to ask!

Mother often overlooked nastiness and snarkiness...showing me it's OK to be hurt, but best to turn the other cheek. She demonstrated faith, pride, courage and strength even in the face of un surmountable problems.

She was...and will always be... my angel and my hero.

So here's to you, Mother...Thank you for your unconditional and undying love. I am honored, proud and blessed to be your daughter...

I'm sure everyone has their own fond Mother's Day memories....thanks for letting me share some of mine!