Today is Mother's Day . . . when I was a child, everyone (including the children) wore a corsage or a bouttonniere to church on Mother's Day -- some were roses and some were carnations -- ours were always carnations. Red if your mother was living -- white if she had passed away. Mother, brother and I all wore red while Daddy wore white. It was, I think, a nice tradition.
When I was small and we lived in the big old house, we had a big dining room and a big dining room table. Whenever we ate in the dining room (as we always did on Sundays and often did during the week), a white damask or lace tablecloth would cover the table.
When we had company and the many leaves were put in, a special white tablecloth would cover the table.
It's a treasure of mine now. It's a silky fabric and mother would iron it she had laundered it and iron it again before putting on the table. There are lots of napkins (22 -- although I'm sure that originally there were 24) and some are stained from use -- but those stains are memories! The tablecloth is large -- but not large enough to seat 22 or 24!!! So I'm not sure why so many napkins!
And I use it -- sometimes -- when we have company and the table has all of it's leaves in!
There are memories in that tablecloth -- of family dinners, of holiday dinners, of company dinners.
Hopefully, I too, am adding to the memories in that tablecloth!
As there are days to honor father's and mothers, there should be days to honor daughters. Daughters are special -- Sarah certainly is.
My mother's day present from my very special (and thoughtful) daughter?
Three yellow knockout roses for the garden. Named "Sunny" -- and they certainly are. I planted two where I can see them from my desk in the living room when they bloom.
It was such a thoughtful gift and one that will last "forever" -- giving me joy (and flowers for the house) for years and years to come.
If the tradition of mother's day corsages had continued, both husband Jim and I would be wearing white today.