Monday, July 12, 2010

My Mother loved her garden

She grew a small garden at the side of her home.
Nothing fancy. Just a few plants bought at the local grocery store.
She'd ask me to water them. Which I would.
Taking her old hose and walking through the gates.
She'd talk to me through the window or the balcony above.
Always thanking me and asking how big they were.
I remember the garden getting smaller.
One Summer there was none.
No bags of tomatoes to take home.
She past away that year.
And, when I think of her I remember those darn tomatoes.
Now, isn't that just silly ...

~ JC ~
(My Mother has been gone for over ten years and yet writing about tomatoes has brought tears to this old cat lady who lives in the woods)

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Sammy and Andy said...

Bless you!!!!! What a sweet memory of your mother. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

what a memorie a very heartfelt magpie!

Karen said...

My dad was the gardener in our family. He had a huge garden in our back yard every year up until his last year. I have a few tomato plants every year...but nothing like he did. Good memories.

clairz said...

What a dear post, such nice memories.

Brian said...

That isn't silly at all, that is what memories are for!

Gabriela Abalo said...

Touching and tender Magpie.

Nice memories.


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Remington said...

Beth here....I hear you....I lost my mom 16 years ago and there are so many things that remind me of her. I am so happy for memories....

Roses and Lilacs said...

I know what you mean, happy memories but so sad there will never be more.

signed...bkm said...

Memories show up in the strangest places....even tomatoes....blessings.bkm

RA said...

Sweey words from a beautiful heart. Bless you!

Feral Female said...

What a lovely memory of your mother.

brenda w said...

Not silly at all, Sweet Magpie!

River-Rose said...

So beautiful. I think that half a person does, is for what someone may remember after they are gone. When opening a tomato, the seeds look like a little galaxy where many lives have lived and will continue to live on.

Lucy the Cat said...

Having good memories is precious even if a little sad. This was a nice thing you shared with us about your mother.

RNSANE said...

It's nice to have those cherished memories of your mom. Mine is now in a nursing home, at 86, she just had emergency surgery last Friday for a bowel obstruction. She doesn't even know my brother and I since a stroke last Feb. It is so heartbreaking.

Jacqueline said...

Your Mom is always with you, but you never stop missing her; no one ever loves you like your Mom...Wishing you peace and comfort with your memories.

Lisa said...

amazing how simple acts of life, everyday objects can still hold a lifetime of memories and love of those in our lives. thank you for sharing. this was "heartfelt" as others have said.

Tumblewords: said...

We never get over the loss of our parents, I think. This is a wonderful tribute to your mother!

Laoch of Chicago said...

I think they are a nice metaphor for her life.

Brian Miller said...

glad this one stirred those memories...sometimes that is a good thing...nice magpie.

Helen said...

I think your memories are priceless and your tears profound. A lovely tribute to your mother.

willow said...

Oh, this was so bittersweet!

Jingle said...

lovely and fun!

There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all of the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.

~ Jose N. Harris

Characters In My Garden

Purr Gang ~ My five cats

Cats ~ Al, Ashton Rosevelt, Jasmine Marie, Riley Andrew & Meredith Ann

Fur Gang ~ Jodie Isabella and Sally Jean
(The Original member, Sweet Bella is in memory only now. Maddy Jean, another original member, past away in August of 2014)

Mr. Boatman ~ my husband who likes boats

DD ~ my daughter who graduated and is now out living in the real world

DS or Dson ~ my son is studying computer science and math

Maddy Jean & Bella

Maddy Jean & Bella
Both gone but never forgotten

Jodie Isabella

Jodie Isabella


I adopted him from our local Humane Society


Adopted from my local horse supply store


I adopted her from Purrfect Pals


I adopted him from the local Humane Society

Meredith Ann

Meredith Ann
I adopted her from Purrfect Pals