When I became pregnant for the first time, the first person (aside from my husband Chris!) I shared the news with was my Mother. Having made it through the teen and college years, we were solidly BFFs. I so looked forward to all the years we would share as Mommy and Nana. But that was not to be. Shortly after my first son Pierre was born, my Mother was given a diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’ll never know if it was life going and life growing, but I became pregnant with my second son Spencer while Mom was in remission. His birth and her decline were inevitably intertwined. I was 7 months pregnant with Chanler, my third and last son, when she died. She had suffered so much, for so many months, that we knew she was going to a better place. Still, the huge gaping hole of being Mother-less as a new Mom loomed before me. I mentally and physically struggled to read the 23rd Psalm at her her Memorial Service. And to picture my life, and my children’s lives, without her. I was so used to talking to her every day. Really. But now I had lost my best friend. Not a day, a week, a month, a year goes by without me wishing she could have seen (and supported and hopefully approved of) me as a Mom. And more importantly truly known and enjoyed my three amazing sons. Every year I so wish I could wish her “Happy Mother’s Day” just one more time.
Life has an amazing way to renew hope and joy, doesn’t it? I think this fresh, feminine, green floral dress would be perfect for Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner, but also for the graduations, weddings and parties you might have on your summer schedule. And the perfect dress to celebrate you! For my money, it looks uber designer (think Gucci or Miu Miu), but it is beyond budget friendly. I love the fitted bodice, swing skirt, and snap puffed sleeves and neckline. It would also be a great travel option, dressed up or down.
Since I decided to let this floral dress make the statement, I kept my accessories simple yet, well, exceptional in their own right. Must-have (and I mean must!) white pumps (with a very comfortable, walkable block heel), rainbow sparkle earrings, and a basket clutch. If you don’t have a a cute straw/rattan/basket bag yet, you need to! This one is old, but I’ve included quite a few of my faves in the link below. For my money, this is the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
On a personal note, this empty nester is pinching herself. All three of my smart, talented, beautiful boys (Men!) have graduated from college (Stanford University, University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins University) and have launched themselves into this wild and crazy world. Pierre, my oldest, is finishing up his 2nd year at NYU Law School (after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Leipzig); my middle, Spencer, is a super star Sales Director at LA-based start-up NationBuilder; and Chanler, the youngest, is working at Sony Epic Records and coaching youth Lacrosse. Since both Spencer and Chanler now live in Los Angeles and Pierre is studying for exams, there’s not going to be a “celebrate Mom” dinner on Sunday. But that’s OK. The best gift any of my beloved young men could give me is being happy, hard-working, socially conscious and caring human beings. And they’ve already done that in spades. (Don’t worry…they’ll call Mom on Sunday.) So yes…I am a happy, lucky, blessed Mom this Mother’s Day. And I’m ever thankful for that.
So to all the Moms out there, young and old and in-between, I wish you a beautiful, love-filled, fabulous day this Sunday! Enjoy!!
Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert