Monday, November 25, 2013

A Mother is a Mother....
Until you have children you really can't understand what a Mother really means. As a child you have this perception of what a mother is based on the mother you have. I had a young mother, an attractive mother and a very outgoing mother.  As most daughters and mothers do we grew closer, grew apart, laughed with each other, fought with each other, cried with each other, learned from each other and always loved each other no matter our differences. 
Now that I am a mother I understand her better, I still learn from her and appreciate her more and more each day.  She is a good grandmother and continues to hold my hand no matter what I'm doing. Although she's having her share of situations she is still my Mom and each day I realize how lucky I am to have her by my side and a part of my life and my kids lives.  I still long to have her hold me as if I were a little girl and it's proof regardless of our differences the love we have is unconditional and I can only hope and pray Peter Ray & Sophia know the unconditional love I have for them and how that kind of love can carry one through a life time.

I'm Mia's Nina! Talk about full circle, as my godson and his wife asked me to baptize their daughter over this past summer I was filled with love, appreciation and honor. I know the love I've had for my godson is more motherly than one of a godparent, I took this role obviously to a place of that in which a mother does her own child. However, now that he is an adult I have reflected on what one can call guilt for not being as good as I feel I could have been. I remember mistakes I made in raising him and wonder if he remembers it as I do. I've always hoped he really knew how much I've loved him. So when they asked me to baptize baby Mia I felt like I probably did something right to deserve such a privileged opportunity.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Wonderful vision of Oz

 OK this Halloween was all my doing....
Sophia wanted to be anything scary and Peter Ray wanted to wear a store bought Star Wars costume.  I talked with my sister with my dilemma, I had this vision already in my head and as I tried to sell them on it I kept losing. My sister kept telling me to let them be what they wanted to be. I knew she was right but subconsciously I had a problem digesting it. So off I went into L.A. hunting for unique fabrics and deals for a Girl Werewolf and a Star Trooper...oh did I mention Sophia switched from a blood sucking vampire to a human eating Werewolf! As I walked the streets of downtown L.A. and reminisced on my days of dressing up my Godson who let me do what ever I wanted and loved every character I made him and appreciated my hard work I stopped looking at blacks, browns and blood and headed to OZ!

As I carefully introduced each of them to their costumes, they slowly became them and enjoyed them as much as I did. I sold Sophia on the glitter and pink and Peter Ray just became Oz!  They each brought my characters to life with Sophia embracing all of Glenda's magically beauty, big pink skirt, glitter wand and of course make up. Peter Ray gradually became Oz, I first made his pants with satin pin stripping and shiny vest. Then onto his green brocade coat and as I dressed him piece by piece and topped him off with  the placing of his top hat he became OZ.

As if we magically planned it, in talking with my aunt Renee her daughter was going to be Dorthy. It was too perfect to photo shoot them all together. Our photo shoot went perfect, the kids laughed and played and became each of the characters; holding hands and enjoying each others company.

I know my years are numbered as to what I can dress my kids up like for Halloween but if I play my cards right I think I have a few left. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, I think it's because I get to indulge in my sewing and making costumes make me feel Wonderful!
Glenda aka Sophia
Oz aka PeterRay      

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