You knew it was only a matter of time before our perfect weekend weather streak had to come to an end.  Of course we do need the rain. Given the week I had dealing with some lingering car issues with my new vehicle and with a copyright infringement issue on one of my images from the Outer Banks, it was only fitting that the weekend see some rain.

Unless you live under a rock, you were aware that yesterday was Mothers Day. Between Hallmark cards and FTD Florists, even if you did live under a rock they would find you. All kidding aside, it is the one very special day for us to celebrate or commemorate the one woman that most surely has had the biggest impact on our lives. Since my mom passed last August there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her, something I never fully understood from others that had previously expressed their feelings on losing their mother. Now I know.

Since her passing, there have been a number of firsts without her, the first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas, her birthday and now Mothers Day. They have all brought back fond memories of the time we shared together, her mentoring, her love, her smile; and along with those memories, sorrow that she is no longer with us. But at the end of the day, it is the wonderful memories that remain and bolster my spirits.

While growing up in Florida, what I remember most was her zeal and passion for the beach and anything dealing with water. We spent an enormous amount of boating and swimming and I in turn followed suit, working at the beach and surfing on the coast. I guess that is why I have such an incredible infinity for the ocean, it reminds me of her.

Tampa Bay

Mom was Mom. Never a day went by in my youth that I met a morning without breakfast waiting on my. I think there were days I ate while still partly asleep. In my later years, coming home to visit, it never changed. All I was in need of, the first thing in the morning, was a cup of coffee but her first question was always about breakfast. During her youth, she was a blonde beauty, with the look of a Hollywood starlet but it was never overstated, just natural. The years were kind to her and her beauty along with it. The one memorable thing, through it all was, she always found a way to have a smile.

Here’s to the love of Mothers and I hope each and everyone of you found time to celebrate. Happy Mothers Day Lucy!!!!


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