Mother’s Day- 2013- Memories Made and Missed

May 11, 2013 at 11:48 am 3 comments


My mum – lovely, gentle lady whose love of me and strength of purpose I have with me everyday. Sitting on the beach at Catawba last week, whilst her daughter granddaughter and great-grandchildren played sand castles, diggers , roads, she laughed at the efforts to fill a beach pond. No matter how many buckets of water were dumped or how quickly they were never enough. I watched as she wiped sand from little hands, held the precious shells collected, was the keeper of the water bottles and watched with love two little boys as they discovered a sunny spring day.

I remember my grandmother , another beach, another country, as a little girl splashed merrily in rock pools and brought sea weed to pop and buckets of water to cool tired swollen legs – caused by the harshness of her life .

I remembered other beaches with my two children , not so long ago , other sand castles , more buckets of water, and jumping the waves waves as I watched my daughter jumping the waves with her two little boys .


Today we went to Pandy’s to pick up flowers for my mother and her balcony and for Gavin and Braedyn to get their mummy “pescial Mother’s Day surprise”
We looked and looked until just the right flowers were found.

Gavin picked out the eight tadpoles this year , just as my son did every Mother’s Day trip to Pandys – only this year it was my daughter’s son smiling at me . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Braedyn, on the other hand was more interested in bringing home a cat for mummy .


The tadpoles went into their new home along with the frogs from previous Mother’s Days and a Ghost Koi, now the biggest fish in the pond, swan silently into the reeds to see what was happening.
Ghost koi

Gavin’s little face turned to me with the smile so reminiscent of another smile on another Mothers Day.

The women of this family will celebrate motherhood but will remember another son , one who is missed beyond all tears.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. muley  |  May 12, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Loraine….much love, muley.

  • 2. Mark  |  May 13, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Beautiful post. Great pics of everyone.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    thank you very bitter and sweet day- thank goodness and mercy for my beautiful daughter and two naughty little boys who don’t give you time to think as they are off and running at their next “adventure” …

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