As you know, my mom did one of those amazing things for us that only moms do. She commuted for 7 consecutive weeks--up on Monday nights, home on Thursday nights--to keep Henry until our day care started for him when I went back to work. I had been thinking for weeks how to do something special for her that would try to express how grateful we were to her.
I had the idea of commissioning a painting from our friend Juli Kalbaugh. Not only is she an awesome artist, she is a fantastic listener and I knew that she would hear my heart and create something really wonderful for mom. So a couple of months ago, she and I sat over coffee to discuss the project. I shared with her how much I'd learned about my own mom after having become a mother, myself. I knew...I mean, I really knew what it meant to love your child and be willing to do anything for them.
My mom has a long history of doing extraordinarily unselfish things for me and Greg (my brother) and our families. But now, I really understood the motivation behind them--that unconditional, heaven-sent, maternal love. It is a wondrous thing.
So, I told Juli that my hope for the painting for mom was that it would express that wondrous, maternal love.
Mom came up last night and I was able to present her with the painting. Thankfully, she loved it. Not that I had any doubt...it is absolutely perfect:
Thank you so much, Juli. What a gift you have been to me!