Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Friday May 06, 2011

Carole’s Concoctions:
To All the Mothers and Women in my Life

I am not feeling like concocting today.  I feel like reflecting.  I had an interesting week. Busy with work.  All good. But right now,I want to reflect on mothers and women.  I am not a Mom.  It is not my fate. I do have motherly instincts. I am lucky to have an amazing Mom and had a great relationship and connection with my Nana.

Many of my best friends are Moms and I am lucky to know their kids.

My friend AnneMarie is a Mom, a daughter and truly one of the best friends I have ever had. I have known her for 25 years and seen her grow and develop into one of the finest human beings I know. The love she bestows on her kids and family is palpable. She has given them roots and wings.

I recently visited with my best friend, AnneMarie.  AnneMarie has a brain tumor.  She is scheduled for surgery on May 18th or 23rd. I am an emotional mess. She is incredibly calm and cheerful. Wow. I am in awe of her grace, compassion for her friends and family and her bravery.  She said to me, "I can't control my pain, but I can control my suffering." My heart aches with admiration.

AnneMarie - you inspire me!!

To all the mothers, sisters, girlfriends out there - embrace, celebrate, cherish and love each other. I love you ALL!!