Alice and I are celebrating our birthdays today. Only problem is Alice is there ( in heaven) and I am here ( on earth). I miss her more today than I have since she left here to go to there on January 11th, 2010.
I am reading a book right now Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg. Alex is an african grey parrot that Irene studied for over 30 years. His last words to his owner were "You be good, I love you." In the last few days before my mom stopped speaking and soon after died she would say "thank you" and " I love you" to us, her children. Irene describes her childhood as not very happy and her mother as a "refrigerator " parent, "cold and distant, she never hugged me or spoke loving words to me, she never played with me nor read to me. It was because of this emptiness in her life that she became so very attached to birds. Reading this made me appreciate even more ( I didn't know that was possible) the "campfire" mother I grew up with. She was just the opposite of Irene's mom in every way and set a standard for all of her children to emulate in their own lives and relationships.
That was the last picture I have of my mom, taken by my son, Benjamin just before christmas.
In honor of Alice and my birthday I am going to have a giveaway. It will be a beautiful crochet covered stone in Alice's favorite color, pink. Just leave a comment on this post by tomorrow at midnight for a chance to win.