Disclosure: This Mother’s Day musing and giveaway is brought to you by http://www.freshflowers.com.au
“There’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” ~ Mitch Albom
Like many fifty-somethings, I no longer have my mum around for me to phone when something fabulous happens (or not so fabulous), to ask for sage advice on life’s biggies or to share my everyday moments with.
And, she’s no longer here for me to spoil with fresh flowers.
May 10th will mark my eleventh Mother’s Day without Mum and I’ll be thinking of her, as I do every day, meandering through memories and wishing I could send her a bloom-a-licious bouquet of fresh flowers.
I love to remember Mum like this …
… as a stunning young woman with her life in front of her.
I wear a signet ring, given to her by a boyfriend before she met Dad. It’s not a betrayal of Dad; it’s acknowledgement that Mum was more than someone’s mother, or wife or daughter … she was her own person.
I also love to remember the mum who was always there for me, the mum who was inexplicably ironing in the kitchen each day when I returned home from school. I picture her wearing a tweed skirt, hand-knitted cardigan, slippers and white anklet socks.
That curious “ironing smell” takes me straight back to our little kitchen. Mum would down iron to organise a cordial and three (always three) biscuits for me to snack on while we chatted about my day at school.
In my mind’s eye, there’s just me and Mum chatting. In reality, there would always have been one or two (or more) sisters milling around in the kitchen with us. It’s a measure of how Mum made me feel that I recall our conversations as intimate, one-on-one chats.
Mostly, I love to remember Mum at my niece E’s wedding. She looked a million dollars in her sparkly, beaded, teal blue outfit and she shone bright, even though she was well into her cancer treatment by then.
Her outfit reminded me of the glorious ball gowns she wore in the fifties, when she’d dance the night away at a country ball, often in the arms of Dad.
As children, we dressed up in Mum’s ball gowns, delighting in the shiny fabrics and colourful beading embellishing them, and the incredible costume jewellery that matched each dress.
For us, it was a window into another world, a world Mum loved to reminisce about.
I hope she, too, was reminiscing about those glory days when she slipped into her sparkly beaded outfit for E’s wedding.
Within a year, she was carefully slipped back into that same outfit for her final journey.
FRESH FLOWERS G I V E A W A Y:
I’d love for you to spoil your special mum (or someone else in your life, maybe even yourself!) with a beautiful bouquet of blooms for Mother’s Day.
Thanks to the kind folk at FRESH FLOWERS you can WIN a bouquet worth $70.
Because Mother’s Day is all about love (and not likes), I’m not asking you to jump through any follow, like, share hoops. Neither is FRESH FLOWERS.
All you need do to be in the running is visit FRESH FLOWERS, check out their Mother’s Day range (eye candy galore) and let me know in the comments below which arrangement you’d choose for your mum.
Oh, and tell me why. Because “why” is where the stories live.
And, if you want to share the comp, go ahead. Maybe you’ll get lucky, and someone will send you a glorious FRESH FLOWERS bouquet!
Me? Mmmm … it’s so hard to decide, but if Mum were here, I’d send her this …
Tulips – Serendipity in Glass Vase (which includes the vase and bloom box). Because, well, tulips (and Mum would have loved that she didn’t have to go rabbiting in the cupboard for a vase).
Competition rules of engagement:
- The prize is a bouquet of blooms valued at up to $70, from the Mother’s Day Range at http://www.freshflowers.com.au which the winner can send to their desired address (see 2)
- Check that FRESH FLOWERS delivers to the postcode where you’ll send the bouquet if you win: visit http://www.freshflowers.com.au and click on the Do we deliver to your area? Link at the top of the page
- You must be an Australian resident
- To enter, comment below and tell me which bouquet you’d love to send and why
- The competition will run until 5pm (EST) Thursday, 30 April 2015.
- Winner will be chosen, notified and announced on Friday 1 May 2015.
- Winner must respond within 36 hours, or I reserve the right to choose a new winner.
- The prize is not transferable for cash
- Once notified, the winner must provide the following details: Name, Mobile Number, Address Type, Address, Suburb/Postcode, Delivery Date and Card Message