One of the things that makes me feel closer to my mom during this time when I cannot go see her at Copeland Oaks is looking through some of the things that I took when we cleaned out her last apartment. What a privilege to have these things that I can physically touch and hold.
Today I was just missing her a lot and pulled out one of the notebooks she had kept with all kinds of things she had created. She made her own cards and did handmade Christmas cards from the year that she and my daddy got married. Now you know where I got my love of paper crafting.
I opened the album and discovered this page once again. My birth announcement.
A cute little money sack adorned with a pink ribbon.
Tucked inside are two little items.
According to my stellar research gold was valued at $35.27 an ounce when I was born. That would make me worth approximately $3, 597.54 at the time of my birth. Now I will not hazard a guess as to my value today if I was golden but you can imagine it would be astronomical.
As I looked at that birth announcement I somehow felt closer to my sweet mother and to all that she did for me over the years. I am sure there were days she did not think I was worth my weight in gold but she never showed it. I miss the mom she used to be but accept that as dementia has taken her bit by bit from me she is still the same loving mother who handcrafted that birth announcement and tucked it away in an album to save. I am so very grateful.
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