With today being mother's day, we started off with lunch at Jonathan's family. Jonathan's mom (the kids call her grandmother) had a wonderful lunch prepared. After lunch, Mary Elizabeth was examing the flowers embroidered on grandmother's shirt and she decided to see what M.E. would think about the corsage that Papa Sam had given her to wear to church this morning for mother's day. As she brought out the beautiful corsage with a single white rose, all the kids wanted to know a) what it was and b) why grandmother had it. She explained that it was an old tradition that on mother's day women were given corsages to wear to church. A woman wearing a corsage with a red rose meant that her mother was alive, a woman wearing a corsage with a white rose meant that her mother had passed. I had never heard this before and took that moment to thank God that my mother is alive and well. Both Juju (my mom) and Grandmother have already lost their mothers and I know today was hard for both of them.
For those of you that don't know both of my moms (Juju and Grandmother), you are really missing out. They both are wonderful moms and grandmas and I am very blessed to have such wonderful women to be mentors in my life. Happy mother's day!