I've got your back.
My mom traveled back to SC on Saturday. I would have loved for her to be here for Mother's Day but my Dad's birthday was Saturday and he'd not survive a birthday without mom's company and her legendary caramel cake. She spent the day flying cross country and then hit the kitchen hard, whipping up that cake in a couple of hours and then grabbing some shut eye. What a cool lady. (You hear that, Dad? She really loves you!)
Before she left we sat in my backyard and talked about this summer; about how much we couldn't wait for my trip back home and how much fun we'll have with the girls. She's retired now so we'll have plenty of days to stir up trouble together. I asked her if I could take this shot and she rolled her eyes and laughed. I took the shot on the left with the timer. Then I hear someone sneak up behind me and turned to see my daughter playing with the camera. She hit the shutter release button and the timer was still on so she held it while the timer counted down like a real pro. She caught this wistful expression on my face which is exactly how I feel at saying goodbye.
Things I love about this photo: my mom's hair that is always a shade lighter than mine. My Dad's is jet black (or was). Mine is a shade right in the middle of theirs. She always said that I was the perfect mix of the two of them and that always made me feel pretty wonderful. (I'm sure my siblings heard the exact same words!) I love her posture. It has always been straight and lovely and she carries herself so regally. Mine, not so much. She's forever correcting it and yet somehow, it still is slouchy. Lastly, my mom is a great person to be still with, just like in this photo. She can sit with you in a room and not say a word and be perfectly happy to just be. She sensed my sad mood these last few days and never once said, "buck up camper" or any such nonsense. She just let me work through it. I think that is the mark of a darn fine mother.
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