Two weekends ago was a special time for the women in my family. It was a day of limo riding, wine drinking, story sharing and celebrating one lady who has tied us all together.
My mom turned 50 that weekend, and we were so excited to surprise her! We all drove in from three different states for the day to take her on a local winery tour in a limo. She had no idea that this was happening, and I wish you could have been there to see the look on her face when she walked in the door to see her sisters, daughters and niece decked out in “50 is fabulous” paraphernalia and shouting “Happy Birthday!” And just in case you don’t know, my mom is a hard lady to surprise… mostly because no one in our family is great at keeping this kind of secret :)
We kicked off the day with a champagne toast on the ride to the first stop, and then the fun began! It was such a rare occasion for the 9 of us to be together. Not only do several hundred miles separate us, but when we all do get together, there are husbands and about a million kids running around to tend to! Something wondrous happens when just the girls get together. The moments are sweet, the words are thoughtful and the memories made are brighter.
One of my favorite parts of the day happened over lunch at the second winery. We were waiting for our soups and sandwiches, and the conversation led to each of us sharing two words that describe my mom. (About a week before the party, I had asked everyone to give me two words to put into a “bouquet” that my mom could keep) So each person took her turn telling my mom which words she chose and why she chose them.
What was so sweet about this time, for me, was seeing the impact that my mom has had on so many lives. Each of the women there that day has a completely unique relationship with my mom, but it was clear through these words that she has always been the kind of friend/sister/mother that each of us needed. She has been honest, loyal, dependable, caring, hospitable and generous. She has shared in our joys, and helped us get through our struggles. She has been the glue that has kept all of us together.
And I am proud and honored to call her Mom.