Monday, April 25, 2011

Love's Lullaby Purple Irises

Love's Lullaby Purple Irises
by Nancy Medina
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My mother's stay in ICU was extended tonight when she began having difficulty breathing again. The doctors gave her another airway treatment and a sedative, so she is sleeping now, and breathing better. She was scheduled to be moved out of ICU today, but the evening complications kept her in ICU longer than planned.

How to say in a few words the love I have for my mother, the woman who taught me not to be embarrassed by my own foibles, and to laugh at myself every now and then. I realize now that I am older, she used laughter when we were young to help us overcome our fears. As preteens, we would cringe in the grocery store when she would push her cart down an aisle and spot a stranger. We knew before she made it to the end of that aisle, she would be talking to the individual, laughing with them, and spoiling the blissful anonymity preteens crave in public situations.

My friends in high school loved my mom, and used to go to her office after school to sit and talk with her after classes. She surprised us my senior year in high school by unveiling a large volume of poetry, some that had been published, and all she had been writing for years without our knowledge. When her house was remodeled several years ago, that volume was lost, and I wish for it now just as I wish for her to be well and home again. Thank you to my friends who have prayed for her. She is the greatest gift of my life.


Martha Kisling said...

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear that your mom is in the hospital, I hope that she continues to improve. I love the wonderful memories you shared about her and know somewhat how you feel as I am back in Texas helping my mom and spending time with my dad. You are in my thoughts.

AutumnLeaves said...

Nancy, this piece is so beautiful and I adore that pot. I am wondering if you brought this (or any of your pieces) to your mom's room if the sheer joy of it would aid her in her recovery. While I am so saddened to hear of her bit of relapse, I am also glad to hear that she is once again breathing better and was sleeping. Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers still.

Ann Rogers said...

Beautiful comments about your mom, I so understand how you feel. Still praying with you for a speedy recovery.

Deb said...

That is a beautiful painting and a heart-felt post about your mom. Good thoughts are sent for her recovery. I still miss mine so much. It changes you. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Ruth Welter said...

Gorgeous painting Nancy, one of my favorite flowers. Here in NY, my Irises will start blooming in May.

Sorry to hear your mom had to stay longer in icu...I'm sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery.


Debbie Shirley said...

Beautiful irises!
And I am sending prayers for your mother. My thoughts are with you.

Ricardo Miñana said...

Un placer pasar por tu casa,
si te gusta la poesía te invito a mi blog,
que tengas una feliz semana.

Nancy Medina said...

Martha you and your family are in my thoughts, it was so nice to meet your mom and dad. Sending you support and prayers.

Sherry thank you for the wonderful idea!

Thank you Ann, I appreciate that.

Deb I know it will be the toughest thing to lose her. My heart goes out to you in the loss of your dear mom.

Thank you for those good thoughts Ruth, I have one purple iris that is a hold out I am enjoying in the garden today...

Thank you for the prayers Debbie!

Ricardo Gracias por la invitación, Voy a hacerle una visita y leer su poesía.