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My Most Memorable Mother's Day

Updated on July 14, 2011

I don't remember too many mother's days from when I was a little girl. I know that it was always an important day and that my dad, brother and I celebrated my mum, grandma and aunts, but details are fuzzy. I do know that my mum has kept every mother's day card my brother and I ever made her or gave her, along with many of our childhood pieces of art that were made especially for mother's day.

A handmade , hand-painted hummingbird and salt and pepper set that my dad and I got my mum on mother's day 1994.
A handmade , hand-painted hummingbird and salt and pepper set that my dad and I got my mum on mother's day 1994. | Source

The mother's day I remember best was in 1994, when I was 10 years old. My dad was dying of cancer in a hospital two hours from home, and my mum and I went to visit him every weekend. He always made a big deal of including me in mother's day because I was such a little mother - always playing with my dolls, treating them like real babies, talking to them, taking care of them, carting them around with me. Even at that young age, I would talk a lot about 'when I grow up and have kids...' and I have to wonder now if part of the reason he made such a fuss was because he knew he wouldn't live to see me grow up and have children of my own.

Because my dad had been in the hospital for an extended period of time after his bone marrow transplant, he hadn't had a chance to shop or take my brother and me shopping for a mother's day gift. So, the weekend of mother's day, my dad and I headed to the gift shop on the ground floor of the hospital. It was the loveliest, grandest gift shop I had ever seen - to this day, I remember it clearly and I haven't seen one to rival it. It was like a mini department store, full of everything you could imagine - knick knacks, jewelry, books, stuffed animals, figurines - it was colourful and sunny and beautiful, a real bright spot in a hospital dedicated to people with cancer.

Mother's day gifts
Mother's day gifts | Source

My dad and I carefully picked out gifts for my mum - a set of salt and pepper shakers with a fruit and vine design, a hand-painted wooden hummingbird, and a beautiful pair of gold and zircon earrings. Then he let me choose something for myself as my mother's day gift, and I chose a pair of dangling earrings with bright multicoloured shapes. We still have all these items and they're treasures to us.

My dad died a little over a month later. Losing him was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with, but it brought my mum and me closer. She is my best friend in the entire world, the one person who has never let me down and who I know I can always count on. She is my confidante and my partner in crime. I've made it my mission to make every mother's day special because she's had to be both parents to me and my brother, and she's the best parent anyone could ask for. If someday I can be half the mother she is, I'll consider myself - and my children - lucky.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Sorry to hear about your Dad, Marie. What a moving tribute to your mother. I am sure she values your support and love so much.

      Beautiful.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Very nice! I love that your Dad included you in celebrating Mother's Day. My mother passed away on Mother's Day 16 years ago. It is always hard to lose the ones we love.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful tribute to our mother. Thanks for sharing.

      voted up and beautiful

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      A very touching story...you can tell how much your father and mother meant to you.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi SweetMarie,

      So nice to read this warm and caring hub .

      So sorry about your father though. However he may be gone in body but his spirit will always live on and he has left you with a heartfull of precious memories.

      Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us.

      Beautiful/awesome/up for this one.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Susan, I really appreciate that. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So sorry about your Dad Marie. Enjoyed reading your hub story about Your most memorable Mother's Day though.