Monday, May 15, 2006

Belated Mother's Day posting

Sonia over at Leaves of Grass has some lovely family photos (check out the Ricky Ricardo look-alike!). It gave me the idea of posting some of Mom and me:

Mom when she was 5 months pregnant with me, and then a couple of years later when I'm a bit more visible.
















This last photo was taken in 1995. I surprised Mom by flying from Australia to California unannounced and arriving on her doorstep (my dad and brother were in on the surprise) on her 70th birthday. What fun that was! To explain my crazy getup, I dressed myself up to look like a present. Can't remember how Mom got to have that balloon headgear. She does tend to keep fun things around the place. I just spoke with her today and she told me about a cleanup she was having and the practical joke items she forgot she had. Now she is having fun leaving some of these items on people's cars for them to discover when they come out to their cars after class. Mom's always good for a laugh.

11 comments:

Sue said...

Val,
This was delightful! You and your Mom look so happy together. That had to be the best birthday present for her. I'm so glad you're going to get to see her this fall :)

Praying for your Prodigal said...

What cherished memories! A MOM that loves you is a VERY good thing!

Diane

Sonia said...

Thank you so much Val for your nice comment about my family and also thank you for mention my blog!
You are very gentle!

Love your homage to your Mom,too! Lovely photos and you and your mother look very happy together!

PS: I don't know Ricky Ricardo but I will Google to see this guy!

Alice said...

With an outlook and sense of humour like that, your Mum will live forever, and you'll have to make lots more flying visits.

Lindsay Lobe said...

Like daughter, like Mom!! I can see some stage craft and humour in those genes!!
Your Mom sounds like a “good sport”. !!
Best wishes

Kerri said...

What wonderful happy pictures Val. You look just like your mom...and you have her sense of humour too! What a perfect 70th birthday gift! Love your silly costume :) Those are such lovely old photos. Your mom sounds like quite a character :)

John Cowart said...

Hi Val,
Thanks for your nice comment about the duck. That’s been a regular saga on my blog since last Friday and I’ve been worrying Jellyhead’s question for over a week now too.

I see from your profile that you’re a librarian. Our middle daughter, Eve, is also. She’s just started blogging recently and her address is http://www.eveyq.blogspot.com/ .She’d be thrilled for you to visit and leave her a note.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I can just see your mom's face when she saw you dressed up as a present on her birthday.
What a lovely thing to do...surprise your mother like that...You both look very happy.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

You're right about Sonia's son.

Wendy A said...

I love old photos. Did you go the whole flight dressed as a present?

Val said...

Yes, that surprise trip was really fun, and made for some great memories.

Wendy,

Hee hee, that would have been fun! But no, I stayed over at a friend’s place and “frocked up” there beforehand. Also baked Mom a birthday cake there with a bit of a story behind that too: my friend’s place is small and a bit on the crowded side, and when she reached into the cupboard for the handmixer, she grabbed the iron instead. We were talking so much, catching up on things that we didn’t realize she was holding the iron until she was just about to plunge it into the cake mix!

John, I'll certainly have a look at your librarian daughter's blog.