Mothers Day 2012

Most expectant mothers crave ice cream or pickles. My mother craved sunrises.

Thanksgiving morning, 1966, she woke my father, “Let’s drive out to the mountains and take pictures!” This remarkable moment was a change from her  morning pregnancy routine of sitting on a paint can near the toilet.

Dad tossed some saltines and photographic equipment into their red ’65 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and whisked her down sandy desert roads.  An hour later, the sun rose.  Too nauseated to focus the camera, Dad took a “Special times and Places” photograph for her.

Above, I tried my best to re-create his photo with ink and watercolor.

Could my expectant mother have known the child she carried would grow up to celebrate this special sunrise for her 45th year as a mother? I wonder.

I am proud of your spirit, grateful for your  humor,  and strengthened by your patience.

I love you, Mom.

Lori

E.T.A.:

Red Olds and Missile Garden

My Mom just sent me this lovely photo of her and Dad at that time! ♥

Comments

  1. Life and Ink says:

    “Could my expectant mother have known the child she carried would grow up to celebrate this special sunrise for her 45th year as a mother? I wonder.”

    I hope you had your work framed before showing it to your mother because if it had been me there would need to be a layer of protective acrylic to have kept my tears of joy from smearing it!

    What a beautiful piece of art to reflect a beautiful sentiment.

    • A Quiet Week says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet words! Mom was very surprised and happy. I really appreciate her, especially since I am learning what hard work parenting can be! 🙂

      Lori

  2. Lori, Your love and admiration for your parents is so wonderful. I dream my children will feel as loved and cared for by me as you do my your parents. they must be amazing.

    • A Quiet Week says:

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your cheer! I think every spectrum child reaches the point of understanding how awesome their parents are. In twenty odd years we all can have a very awesome party! 🙂

  3. Angel says:

    Beautiful sunrise! You are so talented! It makes my heart sing happy sunlight songs!!

    Reading about your parents always makes me smile. It makes me so happy that you have these wonderful memories to share with us in your lovely writing voice. It feels like pieces of an illustrated story book and I can’t wait to keep reading. What a grand picture of your parents!

    • A Quiet Week says:

      Angel, I can feel your sunshiny vibes radiating through my computer! Perhaps the luminance is why my son is up at 9:40 talking about pokemon? Hah!

      I appreciate your cheery-sweet words. You amaze me. With all your moving and planning you can still drop me a line.

      Thank you!

      Lori

  4. alienhippy says:

    I love everything about this post.
    The sunrise photo, your painting, the photo of your Mom and Dad.
    Also the length of your post is good for me with my dyslexia and ADD. 😉
    But these words made my heart smile…
    “Most expectant mothers crave ice cream or pickles. My mother craved sunrises.”
    WOW…how lovely, your mom sounds very special.
    Wonderful post my friend.
    Love and hugs.
    Lees. xxx 🙂

    • alienhippy says:

      Oh yep….I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your Mom and Dad’s website.
      Thanks for sharing the link. 🙂 xxx

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