Wednesday, September 14, 2011


What a strange night this is.  At 3:37 AM, I am wide awake.  We are in the city of Malaga, on the southern coast of Spain in a beautiful hotel just a short stroll from the beach.  That's the good part.

The not-so-good part is the news I have received regarding my mom.  Her hip replacement surgery went fine on Monday, but now all kinds of complications have cropped up.

Not being able to sleep, I thought I would work on the pictures I took in Madrid, but I got side-tracked by the photos I made of Mom the day before we left on this trip.  On a previous visit, she had asked me to help her create a "crazy" hat.  One of the groups she belongs to was having a contest, and of course she wanted to participate.  A quick trip to Hobby Lobby, a few minutes with the glue gun, and she had very crazy hat.

All she wanted - so she said - was to participate.  A few days later, I got a message from her, "You don't need to call me back; I just wanted you to know I won the hat contest."  In spite of the intense pain she was experiencing, she had preened and posed and won the crowd over with her modeling.  I'm sure it was her personality that won the contest.  As anyone can plainly see it certainly was not the hat.

Before we left on the this trip, she reminded me several times to take her picture in the "crazy" hat.  Finally, on the last day, she told me to bring her the hat and take the picture. 

That's my mom.  I'm going to try getting some sleep again . . . with a heart full of best wishes for her. 

I love you, Mom!