Now, what's up with that subject line? Well, it's too long a story but I'm inspired to share its highlights.
A college friendship among two girls that soon included Ellen's fiancee and Michele's boyfriend. Then afternoons at Henry's family's dairy farm that involved actually milking cows, followed by nights of nice wine, cheese, cards and laughter. Life went on, and reality intruded, with them staying on the farm (wow!!), and Jose and Michele joining the Air Force and literally flying to Germany for Assignment #1. Ellen beat us to the punch with Cody Parker, a kid whose grown into just an amazing young man. Then we got Christophr Shane. So it goes, and we all got some of what we wanted!
Screech-scream-zoom ahead twenty-nine years (aka, a million lifetimes) and I'm calling Ellen with my traditional 'Call before Mother's Day' because she has four biological and two adopted-from-Urals of Russia children. No need to bother her on Mother's Day when six others have first dibs.
Go figure. After the chat is hilariously done, Ellen is on the phone with Michele. For the first time perhaps since we boogied out to Idaho. And the laughter about life, love, children, cows and gardens went on and on, not to mention mimosas as a reason to get out of bed.
What's my point here? I guess it's that I'm just a simple man, living on the land and in the moment. I look up, decades have passed spendiferously by, and here are two simply charming women catching up and reminding me why life is worth living.
Take the moment, take a hold of the simplicity of love, and love your mother. Or, her memory. Pick up that phone, my friends, and call/chat/visit with mom, even one who may not even have biological kids. (Yeah, Katie G, just because you're in Italy, you're not exempt!) I know a few women out there -- you know I'm talking about you -- that have innate mothering and mentoring stuff that bubbles up, no matter that you don't have biological kids. You are true mothers of the earth in my mind, so don't forget your role in our world.
So, Henry Lyle has Ellen Marie covered - and Ellen is blessed that he's one of the finest men ever to walk this planet. Me? I work daily to deserve Michele Denise. Hell, some stranger stepped on her foot when she was 16, and still needs to prove that her second glance that day, and her 30+ year gaze, is worth her while.
To her and all of you other mothers, daughters and sisters, I send my best wishes...