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DSCN8157Sunday.

Mother’s Day.

One of those mellow days of love and recognition that seemed to flow slowly and deliberately into a forever memory.

After Sunday worship, we went to Jennifer and Jason’s for brunch. Egg strata, bacon, salad and Mimosa’s. As I sipped and savored, I remembered another Mother’s Day, more than three decades past, where a toddling Jennifer brought me breakfast in bed. On that long ago morning,  I opened my eyes to a wee darling saying “happy Mother’s Day Mommy” as she slowly settled a plate of breakfast in front of me.

I remember it vividly.

A dollop of strawberry yogurt with Cheerios on top, toast, and a few slices of hard salami on the side.

This year; mimosas, egg strata, salad, coffee and Kringles.

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On our way home, Tom and I stopped at Lilacia Park in Lombard, where it is lilac time. Though the skies were gray and it was cool, the lilacs and tulips were resplendent.

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I took too many photos. Everywhere I looked was color and contrast, statements of nature painted on every stem, beads of moisture clinging to petals and leaves, a concert of color singing all-the-more brightly in the absence of sun. You can imagine my bliss as I tiptoed among the tulips, my indulgent and supportive  husband at my side.

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We were right across Lilacia Park in Lombard. An early morning appointment gave us time to pause. We walked across the street, up a few steps, and into the bloom. What a gift on a day of gifts awaited us. The lilacs were at long last in full dress, ready for the ball, tulips at their feet like Cinderella’s glass slippers, their essence the most intoxicating of all perfumes.

I wish I could send the beautiful fragrances across the ether to you. Someday, I’m certain, we will be able to do this. Until then, just take my word that there is no sweeter place than a crisp and sunny spring day in a cloud of lilacs.

(Please click on the pictures for better views.)

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