Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day



My Mom was born in 1919 and died in 2004. Despite the fact that she was 85, I was shocked when she passed away. I guess we tend to think our parents will always be on the planet with us. It doesn't occur to us that the day will come when they'll be gone. When my Mom died I brought some of her things back with me from Florida and over the weeks that followed, I painted her things every night in my basement studio. My Mom never had much and always wore cheap-o moccasins. I think she really liked those shoes and might have worn them even if she had other choices. Here is a painting of her shoes that I brought home with me and painted in July of 2004...likely with tears in my eyes. Happy Mothers Day in Heaven, Mom.

11 comments:

Ann Buckner said...

Celeste, what a wonderful way to remember your mother. I know you treasure each painting and the memories they invoke.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Touching post and wonderful tribute to your mother. I wonder if we are sisters, *wink ... my mother wore the same moccasins.

L.Holm said...

oh, Celeste - what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She was a lovely woman, and your painting is so poignant. hugs. Liz

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

How beautiful!

Gary Keimig said...

great little painting and a really nice tribute. Certainly makes one think. As you said we tend to think our folks will always be with us. ,I think I had that same shock when my dad passed away and now my mom is 87. And thought of often yesterday
God bless and keep up the good work

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
What a beautiful women! I think as long as you are alive She is too.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Celeste. What a wonderful way to honor your mother. The painting is wonderful.

I am struck by the coincidence...my mom was also born in 1919 and passed in 2006. I gathered a few of her things too...happy to have the books from her days in nurses training, along with a few of her nurse's caps and pins. Thanks for sharing this.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Celeste, Your post touched me on a personal level. My Mom was also born in 1919. She passed away in 1989. I love the fact that you painted your Mom's moccasins. What a lovely woman!

Celeste Bergin said...

Ann, Nancy, L.Holm, Kvan, Gary, Mariano, Kathleen and Janelle...I thank you from the bottom of my heart for these messages about my Mother's Day post. I certainly like that some of you were reminded of your own Moms while reading my post. I really appreciate your taking the time to comment. You know, I hesitated for a moment about posting this and then I thought--oh what the heck, my artist friends will understand...and you do...I knew you would! :) Thank you!

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

This post is special...just the right sentiment and lovely painting!!!
Sherrie

Dan and Corrie said...

Celeste,

I appreciate your post about your mother. It is important to blend memories with life passions together to honor your lost parent. From recently losing my father last month, it's a wornderful reminder to me on how to carry on his memory in my own way aside from saddness and tears. Thank you so much.