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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Esther My Mother










This weekend was my mother's Birthday.. she is 77 this year. The past several years have been
very difficult for her and her health and our family..Family dynamics change when there is a illness. It has been hard.
Esther my mother is French. Born to Claude and Rafaela Croissier who's parents were french immigrants who moved to Cuba and owned a sugar plantation. I wondered this weekend as I sat on her bed talking to her and going over old photos and thinking of my childhood and hers ...just how certain memories stay with you forever..and how your interpretations of events that happened in the past often take on a life of thier own in each others memories and hearts......what I saw and felt was often viewed and felt differently by my parents....how we all see the world in our own eyes and can never really see through anothers.....We moved like gypsies all thru the U.S due to my fathers job transfers...The excitement of the new adventures ahead..stayed with me and shaped my reaction to change..and adaptabilites to differant people and places..They were good experiences.
We had good times and bad, but we were a family and I knew she always was there for me. My mother and I are very differant..we are not made from the same cloth..but we have gifts we share, that connect us and help us understand each other in some ways more than others ..I wanted to salute my mother today in my blog...and say thank you to her. Esther my beautiful mother that I love.

16 comments:

Natalie said...

You look so much like her. I am always in wonder of the Mother /daugter relationship.......mine is non- existence.She is beautiful. :)

GYPSYWOMAN said...

oh, marlene! how absolutely beautiful your mother! just beautiful! and you her image! uncanny! and what a wonderfully beautiful moving homage to her - we should all have daughters such as you! and i am lucky to be among that number with my girls - and what an incredible story of her parents' lives! you must must must write down now every thing she remembers of her parents and her childhood so that these memories will not be lost - what an intriguing story to be told!

she is a physically beautiful woman and her eyes show us her beautiful spirit! thank you so much for sharing such a personal story with us - and especially for letting me know about your post!!! thank you!

annie said...

She is beautiful Marlene and you look just like her.
What a lovely post to share with us. Thank you. Brought tears to my eyes.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sharon said...

Marlene what a wonderful post you have made. I am sure your mother will treasure it. My mother has passed on and every day I think of her and I smile. Sharon

Nancy said...

You mother is a beautiful woman. And so is her daughter. What a lovely tribute to her. Be sure and let her read this. She lived a fascinating life, and obviously did her job well if you look back with fond memories when moving so much.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

The resemblance is uncanny! And what a wonderful post and tribute to your mom. Mothers/daughters: there really is a special bond.

Gwynnie B said...

What a touching tribute to your mother and the strong family heritage you share. Such beautiful women you are!! And how smart you are to take your childhood experiences and use them as an adult gracefully moving through this world.

P.S. I still want your gorgeous straight hair!!

Lori at Jarvis House said...

I loved the tribute to you mother, a truly beautiful woman. What an interesting life she and you must have had. I visited Cuba with my church in 2000. I dearly wish to go back, someday soon I hope. As a coincidence, I too posted a photo of my mother today. It was a very hard working generation of women that went through many daily hardships.

Patti's Artful Design said...

A beautiful, insightful posting, Marlene!

annie said...

Hope your holidays are bright.

kiyoteekisser said...

Beautiful twosome! Happy Holidays to you too! Love your reindeer moon and photo.

Collected Treasures said...

Wow, Marlene...you look just like her...how wonderful...she is beautiful. Glad to hear from you after so long...hope you have a happy new year. xo jana

Collected Treasures said...

you look so much like her...just beautiful. good to hear from you after so long...hope all is well and happy new year...xo jana

Rosewood Cottage said...

I love your blog and thank you for connecting with me as we start the process of re-doing the home we just purchased.
Your mother is beautiful (I can see you look like her)...I know how hard a family illness is...my Dad battled Parkinson's, leukemia and later lymphoma...but this also allows us to "treasure" the time we have with them no matter how difficult the road is! Hugs to you and a beautiful salute to your Mom! :)

Nancy

Roxy Anne Girl said...

Photos are an imprints that can time travel you to a moment. I love this blog you wrote about grandma, and I enjoyed watching from the bedroom doorway as the two generations of beauty before me - scattered photos of moments on her bed. You should print this out for her. She should know : - )

Marisa said...

Your mother was stunningly gorgeous. She must have been a real "hottie" in her day. You are so lucky to have such a fantastic photo of you and her together...you look just like her.

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