My mom was always so elegant-I don't remember her every wearing jeans,always in a dress and hair perfectly done
Mother's Day used to bring up so many conflicts and anxiety for me. My mom and I had a very challenging relationship to say the least. And it took me a very long time to understand and accept her issues and my own. My mom was seventeen when she was married. She was eighteen when I was born. Even for the 1950's that was a young age to be a wife much less a mother. And she had no role model, my grandmother had died when my mom was only thirteen.
Mom teaching me how to look stylish while learning how to swim
And mom taught me how to bake and cook. She was always the one who hosted the huge family dinners over the holidays. And for days she would bake nut roll and cold dough cakes; breaded pork chops and city chicken and her famous potato salad . When our entire family sat down for one of those dinners there was barely enough room on the table for your plate ! My sister and I , to this day, load up the holiday table with food and baked goods,just like mom. It took a lot of growing up on my part ,coupled with counseling , to be able to appreciate and remember the sweet funny mom who shared herself with me during special moments. And those are the times I remember now.
And tomorrow for Mother's Day, I'm going to sip some rhubarb soda water (we had a huge rhubarb plant in my mom's garden and now I have my own giant rhubarb plant) while I'm sitting out on the back deck admiring my vegetable garden and remembering my time with my mom. Happy Mother's Day everyone. Now go and give your mom a huge hug and kiss, don't let the moment get away.
I was completely inspired to make this rhubarb syrup by Heidi who has a beautiful blog called 101 Cookbooks. You can find the recipe and her stunning photos here . If you want to try something different with rhubarb this is the recipe to try. The drink is so refreshing and takes me back to the scent of my mom's roses and our time in the garden. "Cin Cin", here's to you mom, wherever you are, I know you are watching and proud of the woman I've become.