May 2012 Newsletter
I know that spring is here. Yes, with all the stop-starts of this season that I have shared with you, I know this now for sure.
I was leaving to go to our new store at the Flying J in Frazier Park, sitting with one car door open when I heard a mysterious thump, thump! I looked up and lo and behold there was a little head with long and floppy ears. A curious wild rabbit had poked its head in to peek in and find out what I was all about!
How delightful it is to live so close to nature!
Mom, You are my World of Fantasy
I am dedicating this newsletter to my Mother who is no longer with us.
At seventy she was voted the best dressed woman in the retirement center where she lived. She got her last marriage proposal at age eighty-one, well after she had outlived two husbands.
Full of adventure, she was a real hands-on Mom, always creating. In every way she encouraged imagination, collecting a bunch of old fancy clothes and wigs together and putting them in an old pirate trunk, so that we kids could “sail the seas,” “ride the plains” and “conquer our own universe.”
She was always interested in stimulating our sense of touch, hearing, sight and smell. When we traveled she would ask, “What can you see that you have never seen before? What can you smell? What can you hear?”
She learned oil painting in her golden years, and she was really good at it until her hands shook too much to control the brushes. To this day we still enjoy her paintings. She taught me about color, texture and all things beautiful. What she gave me most was the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.
Mom you really cared.
I share with you some Mothering Tips (Inspired by my own Mother)
Quote for the Month
“My mother taught me that home should always be a happy place. Close the door and keep the troubled world outside."
Helping an Older Mother Downsize
A friend recently helped her Mom to move into an affordable mobile home. No expense was spared to make the new house comfortable so that Mother would feel at home. When all was said and done, her Mom said apologetically, “But I liked my flowered couch and frilly peach drapes!” Both had been sacrificed as “too dated” and not likely to survive these hard times. My friend was devastated.
There is a right way and a wrong way to move Mom into a smaller home:
When Mom moves into the new home, she will be delighted and surprised that you have thought to bring her precious memories forward with her in this stressful time of change.
Change is hard on older people, but with her favorite things still with her and her precious memories around her, Mom will settle down happily into her new home.