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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mother in all forms



Today we honor the mothers of the world, in all shapes and sizes - mothers that have returned to the Earth to continue to nurture life and mothers that are still with us, as my own mother is at age eighty-five.

I sent my mother lite peach roses because of all the flowers, roses are her favorite. As a young child, I always remember no matter where we lived, she grew roses, and in Minnesota, that's no small undertaking.  I suppose all a mother wants on this day is to be thought of, to have a healthy brood and to feel she did her best.

Matilda has had a hard life as a neglected brood Jenny. At age 17, who knows what is in her heart at this stage. Does she think we are just one more holding tank? It must feel different on Donkey Hill, calmer perhaps, with the stream running near by and the wind blowing in from the coast, hitting our forests like waves.

My own mother loved her flowers, and I think Matilda was equally touched with her humble dandelions. When was the last time anyone gave her a mother's day flower? She stood patiently while I placed them in her top notch.

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11 comments:

Zap said...

I am continuosly struck by how beautiful Matilda is... she is perfect in her donkeyness...I do hope she comes to know that she is home for good....has Paco read her any poems yet?

Apifera Farm said...

She is very gentle [as is shy Zona, and St. Bernard like Wilbur]...Paco is percolating I think, he is very smitten with Zona. But I haven't spoken to him about poetry since I've been so sick.

Jody said...

Will you tell Matilda, for me please, that I think she is quite beautiful? And will you let her know that I am sending a package to her new forever mom? It's coming from Milton, NY - and it will hopefully make some smiles at Apifera!

Sharon said...

sweeter than sweet.....both types of flowers....as well as the giver.

Cathy said...

She's very beautiful, and I'm sure she's blossoming with your love and tenderness.

Hope you're feeling better!

Lisa of Lisa's Little House said...

Beautiful girl...
xxoo,

Amber said...

Oh how beautiful she is. I respect all animals who are mothers. To see a horse or goat give birth is an amazing thing, no epidurals or pain meds. And to see them know exactly how to nuture the little one is truly a gift from God!
Hugs
Amber

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Such soulful eyes Mz. Matlida has....

XO!

turquoise cro said...

In the last pic she seems to be asking, "What did I do to deserve such a kindness as someone touching me on top of my head with dandelions and deep inside my heart?!! I LOVE YOU Katherine of Apifera Farm! Thank YOU!!!" GET WELL Katherine!!

Delisa said...

Hi Katherine, your pictures of Matilda are so beautiful. I want to believe that she feels the serenity in the breeze and understands the presence of safety which the other animals on the farm feel. I think all creatures "feel" somehow the presence of love and calmness. She definitely has that "certain something"!

I'm so happy you put the flowers on her head, I bet she liked the feeling of being pretty and being fussed over a little bit. It reminded me of the happy times I had with my own mother. When she became too infirm to wash her own hair, I would go over to the house, and wash it for her. I would then curl and style it and do her make up. It was a very loving time my Mom and I shared together. Some of our most intimate talks happened as I was putting her hair in rollers or pin curls.

What a lovely way to honor dear Matilda. I hope you have a lovely evening ahead! Delisa :)

Else M Tennessen said...

Oh, I love Matilda. Bless you for blessing her. And these photos are gorgeous.

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