The Lone Lily – a tribute to my Mother
“The flower is worn by many mothers, the Chinese also venerate the day lily as a symbol of filial devotion to one’s mother,” by Living Art Originals (www.livingartoriginals.com)
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When I painted this flower in the Fall of 2017 it never occurred to me that it would become the symbol of my devotion to my Mother. The meaning of this flower seems to fit perfectly.
You see, my Mother has Alzheimer and over this past winter we had to place her in a nursing home. Respecting her privacy, I’ll say only that her symptoms started to show about seven years ago and none of us during this time understood what was happening. It wasn’t until the last two years that my family came to terms with the severity of her situation and began making plans for our Mother’s care.
For my family it has been an emotionally raw and exhausting period, and on a personal note loosing my Mother to this cruel disease has thrown me for a loop – art and blogging have taken a back seat. Caring for elderly parents has become my family’s day-to-day priority. I’m slowly being drawn back to my art and this blog, which is a good thing.
I’ve come to appreciate how special each moment is when I’m able to speak to her – they are precious nuggets that I’ll cherish. It’s taken a long time to come to terms with my Mother slowly slipping away – how does one ever get used to the long goodbye? I truly understand the meaning of this saying now.
Today is a very Happy Mother’s Day because I got to speak to my Mother and thank goodness, she still knows I am her daughter.