I had set aside a little redbird nugget for myself, and when I first signed up for Lori's blog hop, I thought it would be a perfect focal, because Marianna was fond of redbirds..
I love redbirds too ,as does my mom. There is quite a colony nesting in our neighborhood..their territory doesn't range very far from where they were born...they seem bright and cheery..up early, busy bird..but shy as well and more than just a little territorial ...I hear one peeping in the hedges outside right now..
It started me thinking about my mom and what a funny person she is..neither this or that...grumpy and happy too...able to delight in small things...she is now headed toward 90 and still amazingly spry and alert..smart..common sense like you can't believe...
What started out to be a memory for Marianna has ended up being more of a Thanks to my mom ..I was certainly a challenge for her from the very beginning....a most willful, free thinking, busy child ..somehow different from the rest of her family ..she ( and dad too) took time to teach me about so many things..not so much LIFE in the big way..but how things work in general ..she taught me cursive writing by making the letters into funny images, on road trips, we would have discussions about the crops and animals we passed by, we planted gardens and flowers, and she read to me, everyday. In looking back I realize how fortunate I was to have a mom who would spend so much time with me..even if she didn't "get" me..Thanks mom, you taught me more than you will ever know.