Monday, May 4, 2015

Don't Send Me Flowers

Our mom turns 90 years old this week. 

While visiting with her yesterday and watering her flowers inside and near her new porch ramp, she and I discussed our plants that need regular attention. I had to climb into her huge corner bath tub to give her neglected ivy a needed drink. She said she thought it had been a couple of months since that had been done. 

Mom lives only a few steps away from my youngest brother and sister-in-law. Those two are great care givers and Mom's "guardian angels" looking after her 24 hours a day. Besides everything else that she does, my sweet sister-in-law keeps Mom's plants on her back porch and in the yard alive 12 months of the year. But I believe that is beyond the call of duty. My mom loves flowers, but she hasn't been able to maintain them on her own for a couple of years now.

So the following lyrics are a kind hint for Mom's friends and family ( and maybe even friends and family of other elderly moms this Mother's Day):

"Don't send flowers, just give me some hours
Just a minute of your time, would really make it shine, so think it over
Don't send flowers, from ivory towers
I just wanna see your face, forever and always, please think it over"

Lyrics by Sheena Easton


A Quiet Corner said...

What wonderful and appropriate thoughts and words, Lin!...:)JP

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh those words ring true. Time is indeed the right gift. Hug B

Anonymous said...

BUT...if you can't make it....a card would be nice. You don't have to water them lol.

NanaDiana said...

I think the bbest thing we can do for our elderly is give them the gift of time. They don't need, or want,. things- they want people to visit and give them the gift to time. Happy 90th to your mom! xo Diana

Janneke said...

Wonderful lyric and so true......