My Mother… On March 31, she would have been 89. Wow. This
was one of her school photos. Gotta love
the glasses! She loved teaching, she loved children. In fact, it seemed at
times that she liked her school kids better than her own! She was a very strict
Mother… when my kids say that I am strict… I laugh “you have no idea what
strict is!” As in most families, each of us had a different relationship with
her. I got so much more one on one time with her than my siblings did growing
up. We traveled to Europe and went on 2 cruises to the Caribbean. Alzheimer’s
struck her early and I did not have the Mom that I knew around when my children
grew up. That is very sad because she absolutely LOVED children. She enjoyed
seeing her Grandchildren even when she did not remember that I was her Daughter
or that they were her Grandchildren.
One of the best things that my Mom did for me was allowing
me to go to New York City at the age of 17 for a summer program at Parsons
School of Design. That experience solidified my decision to attend Parsons for
my Bachelors of Fine Arts. I am so thankful that she supported me, not only for
the summer program, but to attend college in Manhattan. Some people did not
think that she made a smart decision and even went as far to say that she was a
bad Mother. When I was 17, I had no idea of the magnitude of that decision. Now,
that I have children of my own, I understand that selfless act as a Mother and
the worry that must have consumed her while I was away. I am sure she prayed
nightly for my safety.
Sometimes when things get tough I think back to that time in
Just like the famous song… “If I can make it there (at 17) I
can make it anywhere!”
This week's Throwback Thursday photo is from 1984. These are my nieces. I sewed their running suits with matching outfits for their cabbage patch dolls. These girls are now beautiful women, two of the three have girls of their own. Time does fly...
My daughter bought me some roses on Valentine's Day and she placed them in this San Pellegrino bottle. It has been sitting on the counter and the other day I noticed this heart. I love when that happens.
I took this photo last week of one of the fountains at my office complex. When I shared it to my social media sites, a friend commented on seeing a heart. Once I took a closer look I noticed a few of them.
Do you see them?
I see a cluster of three of them on the right side of the photo in the middle... A close-up of that area is below.
This one below is a close-up of the dark heart against the white horizontal structure of the fountain.
This picture was taken almost 16 years ago. I can honestly
say it was one of the happiest periods of my life. Nina is wearing a slip… she
loved that slip and she would wear it day and night. She grew out of a few of
them. The photo was taken by Short Street Photographers in our old hometown of
Williamsville, New York. We had so much fun that day. We took a lot of photos
outside and then these were the fun shots at the end. I love the “old school” hand
our favorite revolving
sushi bar restaurant with Nina’s closest friends...
Then it was off to Santa Ana on a beautiful night in Southern
She sang 3 songs and as you will hear… did an amazing job.
Arms of an Angel...
Each song drew more people into the studio.
Jenny has already asked her to come back and sign again!
This Girl is On Fire...
I tried to get a sneak peak in the video of her new sparkly iridescent shoes... they were the last pair at Urban Outfitter when we went to the SOBECA Artwalk on Tuesday night at The Lab and The Camp...and they were her size, it was meant to be...they are "so Nina".
I am so proud of Nina and how hard she has been working. She
is going to school, working at Balboa Candy and has been taking singing lessons
over the past year. She is currently in the studio recording her first single
and paying for everything with her own money. I keep telling her that even though it is hard right now, it will make
her success that much sweeter.
You can head over to her YouTube channel here… and like her Facebook
page over here…