Saturday, May 9, 2009


Shannon is my son Brian's wife. She has been in my family since she was 16 years old. My then husband Jimmy and I had been to dinner, and were walking into the kitchen. As a pretty astute mother, I noticed a little dark haired girl sitting at the table with "something" about her. I immediately looked at Brian and could see a look in his face I had not seen before. It is immediately a gasp in your heart, if your heart could gasp. You leave the room, and you know. Part of your son's heart will no longer be yours. However, like mother's love with children, their heart just grows. There is always love to go around. My heart opened up for Shannon too, she became a child of mine. After graduation her parents moved, and she fit snugly into our family. She and Brian would stop by on weekends while in college to do their laundry, they ate with us, they vacationed with us. She opened up a world for me that I loved. She sang in the car, my sons were always so quiet. They joked, laughed, and had all sorts of fun. Hiking in the mountains of Telluride, CO, she would scurry down a cliff in two seconds flat. My heart would sink, and I would already be preparing in my mind how I explain how she hurled down the SanJuan Mountains with me only inches from her.
I started this post with the goal of showing a brief glimpse of the time around Max's birthday. Her father is a photojournalist who is world traveled. I love to read his blog. It was inspired my Shannon's photo blog of her world. His is named Father of Click, and I hope you can find it here.

In case you can not reach it. Shannon's blog is then click on her link to her father. It will be a nice visit. The photo above is probably
taken by Brian or her dad....


One Woman's Journey said...

Thank you for your sharing. You put a smile on my face. She sounds like a wonderful daughter to you. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Darlene said...

You didn't lost a son - you gained a daughter. Shannon is lucky to have you for her second Mom. Happy Mother's Day to you both.

Wendy said...

Isn't it wonderful how a daughter-in-law can open up another world for us? I feel that way with my grandkids too. Shannon looks like a real sweetie. Will check out the links.

Yes, I travel alone. I can't sit and wait for other's to take time off work, or whatever. I know at some point I will be alone. So I told myself I'd better get used to going places alone.
I travelled to Hawaii in 2006 alone, because I've always wanted to see Hawaii. I did meet up with a tour group at my travel agent's suggestion. It was a good way to visit 3 of the Hawaiian islands and not be totally alone.

But for Florida or anywhere else, I'll just be by myself. I can do what I want, eat what I want, sleep when I want. Yes, it can be lonely, but it's either that or stay home and I don't want to stay home forever. Once you've done it the first time, it gets easier.

Judy said...

I bet your daughter-in-law cherishes you as much as you do her. Happy Mother's Day to you Beverly.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

How lovely. Shannon sounds like a spark of beauty in your life.
Happy Mother's Day to you both!

Shannon said...

awww, thanks! happy mother's day.