Lessons for Today :: simple thanksgiving

My mom and I went to Cheesecake Factory yesterday ~ a belated birthday lunch. It was spontaneous. And spectacular. Because it wasn’t my birthday (that was last month) and because we ate Pumpkin Cheesecake in the middle of the afternoon. Mmmm.

I love October. Fabulous coffee drinks. Autumny foods. Cool, blue skies. And time spent reflecting.

We sat and savored lunch. Drank far too much mango tea. And talked about Thanksgiving. Then about whether she wanted to put up her tree this Christmas or not.

After lunch, we cleaned out one of her bathroom cabinets. Gathered a couple bags of whatnot for Goodwill. And way at the back of the cabinet, I found an unopened bottle of Laura Ashley No. 1 … that classic 80’s perfume. It reminds me of when Emily (now 21) was a baby. Because we had these matching Laura Ashley dresses. Pink. Corduroy. Sateen ribbons.

(Questions to my late 80’s self: Why are your bangs so short? And did you roll them? Is that purple eye-shadow?  And lipstick? Did you put lipstick on your two year old daughter? The dresses seem pretty ample ~ did you think they were classics? Plan on wearing them several years in a row …?)

I am aghast. But back to the story.

I ripped into that perfectly sealed Laura Ashley No. 1 just so I could smell it one more time. To re-live the matching pink corduroy jumper days. Of course, that was before I found out we could have Ebayed the unsealed perfume for $395.00!!! Bonk, bonk, bonk (that’s me hitting myself on the head).

Ah, well, live and learn.

I spent my mother’s potential eBay fortune grabbing for the goodness of yesterday’s mother/daughter memory.

But I know my mom doesn’t mind. Because we spent the day creating a new mother/daughter memory. (Love you, Mom!)

And I’ll have a new memory with Emily when I visit her at Baylor this Sunday for the Pi Beta Phi Mom’s Day Luncheon. (Right …? Emily …? :)

Lessons for today:

  1. Eat pumpkin cheesecake in the middle of the day with your mom for no particular reason.
  2. Do not to rip into pristine packages of perfume from the 80’s without checking eBay.
  3. Think twice about posting horrific pictures of yourself online ~ unless it makes somebody smile.
  4. Spend time, time, time with the people you love.
  5. Take love offerings/ loads of goodies / gifts to your daughter at Baylor in case she’s upset about baby pictures posted on your blog.
  6. Now, go love your life!!
  7. The end.

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