Bound to happen occasionally when your birthday is May 14th, it falls on Mother’s Day. Like me you may love the day because your own children are sure to remember and shower you with unending love. Maybe like me, too, you hate the day because memories surface of the mother who was often absent and negligent in your own life. This is one of those years in my life.
I shared much of my story in The Essence of Courage. I never understood why she felt compelled to hurt my Gram and Gramps and Blossom, Stone, and I so much. This note arrived yesterday in a birthday card. I’m not certain she ever sent me one before. My intellectual machinery, laced with more than a bit of aniety and paranoia, whizzes and whirs out of control.
There’s no easy way to say this, except I have wronged you and all of my family so much. A do-over remains out of reach, but I would like to start fresh.
When your Gram died, wheelbarrows of regret heaped themselves all over me. If I wasn’t ashamed of my actions before, I am now. All these months since her passing, I’m begging you to allow me to tell you my story. Please be at the
Coffee Cottage at 3 PM on your birthday.
I dare not sign this Mom — So for now,
She found me on Facebook. Of course, she knew the address of the Coffee Cottage. And now I find her on my birthday standing at the door. Her appearance much more weathered than I imagined. A gleam sparkles in her eyes in spite of it — one I never saw before.
With curiosity and apprehension, I invited her to join me in wisdom corner. She may have been as nervous as me. Her gaze wandered to a framed piece of denim covered in buttons and remained there. During the remodel Kaitlyn found it hidden away in a vintage Barnum’s Animals cracker tin.
Fascinated by her imaginings of stories that may be stitched in, she eagerly added the piece of history to our new look. We never imagined it might grip the fastener to unbutton the past, bringing future reconciliation and redemption to our shattered relationship. . . .
. . . . Learn more about the Coffee Cottage’s unusual artwork, and the new developments in Cinnamah-Brosia and her mom’s relationship.
Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collection for Women
The Essence of Joy
arriving October 2017.
If you haven’t already, grab a copy of The Essence of Courage and learn what’s transpired in their lives that brings them to this day. You’ll learn about essential oils, gain fresh perspectives on the fruit of the Spirit, and discover how God encourages us through Cinnamah-Brosia and friends and women of the Bible who are and were just like us. He desires for our lives to spread the aroma of Jesus wherever we go.
Happy Mother’s Day 2017!