|My mom, Elaine, back during|
the time my dad served
in the Korean War.
So in her honor, I am re-posting my blog post from last month, Cherished Chest of Drawers Gets a Makeover. It tells one story of me and my mother that I think captures a moment in time when she was still here.....just being a great mom. I am re-naming the post, Mom's Cherished Chest of Drawers Gets a Makeover. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.....especially my own.
Mom's Cherished Chest of Drawers Gets a Makeover
This chest of drawers is an Ethan Allen piece that was in the house where I grew up. It has sentimental value because of my distinct memories. My mother had it set up near a suspended stairway and displayed a gift that I gave her back in 1973, a "Mother" plate. I would sit on the stairs memorizing the poem printed on the plate, Only One Mother to Cherish and Love. Because of that, I still know every word of that poem. Somehow the message got through to me at an early age.....to cherish my mom. In the end, this plate and the mantra I memorized ended up being a gift for me. She was taken from me before the birth of my first child 16 years ago. Even though she is gone, we had the best years. I enjoyed every moment with her. Well....maybe not every moment......I was a teenager!
|Cat scratches/Candle burn.|
So, I have kept this chest for sentimental reasons. I have long gotten past the dark wood finish and several times had considered selling it. The "before" image above is kind. This chest is showing the years, and not in a charming way either. The top had several scratches left behind by my long lost, beloved Silver Point Siamese cat, Sushi. There was also a pretty good burn mark in the finish from a jar candle that was left burning too long. I have been putting table runners over these flaws to hide them. When we came to the decision to completely change the colors in the master bedroom, I knew this would be the first piece that I tackled. The color theme for this project is white/off white/beige/neutrals.
|I cannot believe that tan. Wow.|
Millions of stars in the heavens above,
Only one mother to cherish and love,
Thousands and thousands of flowers and trees,
Hundreds and hundreds of mountains and seas,
Everything multiplied over and over
Robins and butterflies, bees in the clover.
Many good friends to think the world of,
but only one mother to cherish and love.