Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Today would have been my mom's 71st birthday. We reached the six month anniversary of her death over the weekend, as well, so it's quite a charged time, full of grief and remembrance. Our own series of memorial days.

It's hard to believe that it was just one year ago that Michael and I made this video to honor my mom's 70th. I'm so grateful that my dad encouraged me and my sister to do something extra special for our mom's birthday (my sister put together a gorgeous album of our mom's younger years.) We took a brunch cruise around the San Diego harbor to celebrate, and even though Michael got a bit sea sick, I remember it as a festive and delicious day. I'm glad her last birthday was a good one.

I have been meaning to write about our new house, and I will with a later post, but I do want to say that every day I feel sad that she'll never get to see it, and every day I feel grateful for the work we're able to do on the house thanks to her thoughtful foresight.

May this post be a virtual candle to honor her birthday and share some of her light.


  1. My mother died at the age of 70 as well. That was nearly ten years ago. I empathize with you. Honoring is the only thing to do.

  2. Beautiful, Gayle. Thank you for sharing your process. :-)

    BTW, I sent you a copy of GSB last week. I'm thinking I may have sent it to the wrong place -- i didn't know you'd moved. It was media mail - hope they forward. Let me know when you get it.

    Big love,

  3. Such a moving and sweet tribute to your mom. I'm glad she got to see it, and that you have it now as a remembrance.

    Love love love,

  4. What a lovely tribute, to your mom, and to life itself. Just what I needed today, on the verge of a visit to my mom on her 80th.

  5. 天下沒有走不通的路,沒有克服不了的困難,沒有打不敗的敵人。........................................

  6. Gayle,
    How charming! May we follow your example in expressing the love in our hearts.