Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today, June 18, would have been my mom's 68th birthday. We lost her July 21, 2003 after a four year battle with ovarian cancer. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her and miss her.

Just recently we took our oldest daughter to New York City to start a graduate program there at NYU and I just kept thinking about how much fun Mom would have had showing her the city. New York was by far one of her favorite cities. She started traveling there for work and fell in love with it.

Seventeen years ago this very weekend, Mom took me to New York City. The trip was a prize from a silent auction and it was a one night stay at the Four Seasons in Midtown Manhattan, Broadway tickets to see Les Miserables and the flights to and from NYC. We spent the day walking the city, seeing The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, The Strand Bookstore, Greenwich Village and Soho. While walking the city, it was very, very hot and humid. We ran out of energy and had to take a break for something to drink and to cool off. We ducked into this little juice/smoothie bar and enjoyed the A/C and a nice cold juice. Well, 17 years later, while walking in Soho, my daughter and I had to find a restroom. So, we ducked into this little place and, low and behold, it was the exact same juice/smoothie bar I went into with Mom! It was almost as if she was saying, "Hey, I'm here with you!"

I know she's with me, I just really miss her...Happy Birthday Mom. I love you...


Halinka said...

So many times I've stopped here.
So many times I've read all those words.
So many times I've thought if to react:
My Mom also died of cancer.She never was in NYC.
I've seen it three times.
It's so nice to remember all those good whiles.
People,who had to pass are close in our hearts as long,as we remember them.
She's always with You wherever You are,watching Your Life,proud and...peaceful.

Anna said...

Thank you so much Halinka! I'm sorry you lost your mom but you're right, they are definitely always with us! Thank you for commenting!

M*A said...


What a wonderful story. Should have had just a little tissue alert!

Lotsa stuff happening in my corner of the

Anna said...

Ahhhh! M*A!!! How are you?? It's been a bit crazy here, too! When & where...let me know!!

Anonymous said...

I think about you and her as well. I doubt that either one of you realizes how important you were in that time of my life. I will always have nothing but fond memories of you for those times.

Lost my mother in 1999 and my father in 2001.


Anonymous said...

Love your art pieces! They are all gorgeous!!