Sunday, 2 March 2008

Role reversal...

This morning as I left Warwickshire, where I'd been staying with my friend since Friday, my heart felt heavy. My first stop was to be good ol' M & S to buy some flowers for Mother's Day. For some reason this year, I was totally unorganised, I'm not usually a last-minute type.

So there I was faced with an enormous display of flowers. I selected a gorgeous bouquet filled with huge pale pink roses, white alstroemeria and white alum lilies for my Mum. She has the perfect duck-egg vase for them.

Then I chose a more subtle spring bouquet of blue hyacinths, pink tulips and yellow daffodils. These I took to the cemetery. I know I'm not the only Mum in the world to do this on Mother's Day, but I felt very alone standing there in the sunshine, knowing that above and beyond anything, I will always be Tom's Mum...

Ps. It would be mean not to mention the wonderful bouquet No2 handed to me on his return from his Dad's this afternoon. It was one of those exotic mixtures (again, good ol' M & S!) with proteas and other unusual blooms. Something I would never choose, but often admire...


  1. Flowers for everyone. Some for your Mum, some for Tom, and some for you and No 2.

    Happy Mothers' Day :o)

  2. I've been thinking about you today (and Lesley, but for different reasons). This was always going to be a tough day for you - I hope you were able to enjoy it a bit as well. Hugs to you and your family.

  3. Tom would have wanted to spend the day with you on Mothers' Day, so visiting him is only right. I hope that you were able to enjoy at least part of your day.

  4. Big hug. Being a Mother has some very bittersweet moments.

  5. What a mixture of emotions you must have felt yesterday ((((dragonfly))).

    I'm sure Tom was with you though - no matter where you were and what you were doing.

    Take care of yourself. x

  6. I'm glad you got some flowers too, take care. x

  7. I'm sorry for your loss. I should read down in your postings and see what I could find out. The one thing I do believe--parents should die before their children. I am sorry this has happened to you. Please accept the love and well wishes of a stranger from across the pond.


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