Today is my Mom's birthday. Not only am I glad to spend the day with her and my Dad (and Jenny, too!), but I am so proud to have the opportunity to celebrate her and the great gift that she has given me... MY IMAGINATION. She not only encouraged me as a child to do typical things, but she also instilled in me a sense of wonder and supported my curiosity. She let each of us--my sister, my brother and myself--all take turns in the kitchen. She encouraged us to build forts in both the woods behind our house and using the couch cushions in the living room. She allowed me to pick paint colors for the walls and helped me buy my first sofa at 17. She inspired me with outings to museums and historical sites when other kids were at the lake. She took me to author lectures, art films, the opera, and so much more. She allowed a full-on carnival to happen in the back yard when I was eleven and helped me with a miniature parade I planned for our neighborhood for the bicentennial. There was no end to the excursions, sewing projects, gardening endeavors, theatrical productions, crazy ideas and schemes that I cooked up and she helped me out with. When I first experimented with drying wild flowers to weave into decorative wreaths, it was she who plodded through fields infested with snakes to pluck just the right blossoms. My mom has encouraged, supported, indulged, and loved me through every minute of my career. She has made me feel like I could do anything and still does.
Have a splendid birthday and thank you for spending it with me...!
My mom, Marie Mead at a recent gathering. She has given me the love and support to chase my dreams and make them a reality.
LOVE YOU, MOM!!