Friday, May 3, 2013


My favorite color is yellow.
For as long as I can remember I have loved this sunny bright hue.
All shades, really, but forsythia-yellow has a special place in my heart.
First to flower in Spring, it breaks the curse of winter.
 There was a season in my life that felt like a long, cold winter with few meaningful friendships.  I was mothering a gaggle of young children and struggling to come to terms with my life; I was surrounded by hands and feet, but I often felt lonely.  Was THIS what I was meant to do? I often thought about my cyclical routine of housework, laundry, dishes and diapers...
Then Cynthia moved in around the corner, with her own gaggle of little people.
We nurtured a friendship that developed into a life line and crucial support system for each other.
She taught me SO much!
Most of all, she helped me embrace and cherish my children and my divine role as their nurturer.  It wasn't that she tutored me in mothering, it was that I observed how she loved her own little brood, and it helped me to look beyond the mundane.  Cynthia helped me focus less on the tasks of raising children, and more on the gifts of nurturing them.  She was the flowering Spring in the Winter of my young mothering.
I love her so!
A number of years ago, she moved away.
We don't talk nearly as much as we used to, but I place great value on our friendship.
When the forsythia bushes flower in Spring, I can't help but think of Cynthia.


Caitlin Benson said...

Just had to pop in and comment on this post. Cynthia is wonderful. She is someone I definitely count myself blessed to know!

Mary Fuller said...

What a joy to relive one of my favorite sisters In this busy world we sometimes forget those that meant so much to us Love from our family to yours

LL said...

Love those angels on earth, they make all the difference.

Jo Jo said...

really beautiful post about a wonderful woman, and Cynthia too!

shirlgirl said...

Loved your post and especially the picture of you and Cynthia. It's always nice to have that one special friend.