My mom - otherwise known to the world as Mormor - has been with us this week. It's the first visit since her retirement, and the longest she's spent with us, ever! It's been wonderful. She is game for almost anything, which means she fits right in...hiking (and carrying the unwanted clothing)...
|Yes, she knits while she plays. And she's teaching me to knit SOCKS!|
There was Out - a beautiful walk to the riverside coffee shop...
|Ani's sporting her new Mexican party shirt|
One of the reasons Mormor came to see us now was to be present for Eliza's first piano recital! So very exciting. And nerve-wracking. And wonderful.
Eliza was composed, calm, and did a beautiful job with The Merry Widow Waltz. She plays with such heart and steadiness.
She got to share the day with her best friend, who played one ahead of her, and also did a splendid job!
They're goofballs, can you tell?
Lovely goofballs. I think they were experiencing a huge amount of RELIEF!! and EUPHORIA!!
Today is our last day together, and we took a long hike on a new trail, in the spring weather we're having...
Ani woke me up this morning, crawling in bed with me, and talking, as she usually does. This morning it was about slowing the day down, changing time, because you know, Mama, today is our last day with Mormor...That's saying a lot from the girl who is all about her little family, the one who is so protective of her time alone with her people.
|A: Mormor, what is an alabaster brow?|
I think it's the conversations we might miss the most! The stories of when she and my dad lived in Ethiopia, stories from when she was a little girl...
|Tea and stories|
Tonight we lavished her with love by making a spa out of our couch, soaking and massaging her tired feet, decorating her hands with henna, feeding her delicious rice pudding...
Ani asked if she could scrub and massage her feet. She kept asking her, Mormor, how do you feel?
Thank you, Mormor! For stories, and listening, for being creative and patient, for tuna noodle casserole, spaghetti pie and tortilla soup, for coming all this way to be with us...we love you!