~“A Green Chair and a Purple Iris”~

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

However, I think the “things” that are most valuable are those that really can’t be squabbled over – things that were meant to be shared. These “things” are the precious memories our mothers left us with or shared with us.

The little things like seeing a purple iris or the smell of a particular dish your mother cooked. These are things that won’t be in the Will when your mother leaves.

If your mother has passed away, you can still share those memories with your siblings, children and grandchildren. Her silver pitcher will tarnish, her china could very well shatter when it hits the floor, and the stone in her heirloom ring could fall out never to be found.

So if your mother is still living, don’t ask her who’s going to get the china cabinet or the dining room table. Ask her what her favorite flower is; what she loved doing when she was a little girl, what scared her, what made her happy and what kept her from quitting.

Ask her what her favorite song was, her favorite books and all of those other questions that you want to know. Do it before it’s too late…. Do it understanding all of the time she invested in you…. Do it understanding all of the things she didn’t get to do because of you… Do it knowing you wouldn’t be here, if it weren’t for her.

The other night I was watching the movie, “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” I’ve seen it at least twenty times, but still watch it every chance I get. It’s about Francis Ouimet, the first amateur ever to win the U.S. Open.

I’m not an avid golfer; I get to play about once a year. You don’t need to know anything about golf, to appreciate Francis’ accomplishment. He came from an immigrant family that was part of the working class – who were not supposed to be playing golf, let alone winning.

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