I would like to make a proclamation. It is bold (and in bold font). I think my mum is the best!
Don’t we look great?
I have never seen her hair not curly. I have never seen her with glasses not-circular. I love her.
We listen to Belle & Sebastian, Keane, Ron Sexsmith, The Corrs, and Band of Horses, and we sing along at the top of our lungs. When I’m lucky, we even listen to the Spice Girls. And to top it off, we went to a New Kids on the Block concert together in 2008. She obliges me in all my musical whims, and I think she is the best. I like NKOTB a lot too.
She gets dangerously close to alligators.
She loves my cat almost as much as I do. Almost.
She has been known to eat TeenAgers chips. Silly Italy.
And perhaps most importantly, she taught me about the finer things in life. Yes, sugar! I don’t remember having piles of sugared treats lying around when I was younger (I’m making up for that now), but holidays have always been a nifty excuse for chocolates, and other tasty snacks. Now, years later and too many miles apart, she still sends me delights that make my tummy happy, and heart full – of love, and of longing to share more time with this wonderful lady. She took every effort to ensure that this year’s Easter basket was a delight:
I throw the apple in because she also instilled in me a great love of fruit. It’s not all about sugar, people. Yes, I have many fillings in my teeth, but the dentists have told me I have very deep grooves (I swear). Several times they also told me I had the cleanest teeth they’d seen in a long time. So thank you, mum: the brush-a brush-a brush-a song has worked wonders for years.
Above you will find the wonderful tasties that I have been enjoying for weeks now. Yes, those are Beatrix Potter gummies. Crazy, no? I kind of want to frame them on the wall. There are hazelnut-flavored Lindt froggy creations (I think they’re supposed to be frogs. They have funny mouths), Lake Champlain Chocolates in coconut cream and raspberry cream flavors, and my favorite Starburst jellybeans. I would like to mention that these Lake Champlain Chocolate half-eggs were wonderful; the chocolate was flavorful and inviting, with a terrific snap. I loved the coconut creams especially. I had to look on their blog to find out the second flavor: I thought it was cherry. Oops. But overall, really excellent chocolates. Good job, LCC.
As this is not a chocolate review – it is a mum review – I will stop the chocolate analysis there.
No, wait, I won’t. I’ve got more. After my super positive review of the Minneapolis-based Lily Bloom’s Kitchen Gourmet Chocolate Macaroons, the world’s bestest mum sent me more! Here is what they looked like before I opened them, one rainy day last week. Scroll down to see what they looked like one day later – even the box looked like it had been through a war.
To be honest, I had some help with this. I like to think of myself as a generous chocolate sharer, rather than a hoarder.
In summary, I wish I could eat more lobster rolls with my mum.
I wish we could go for more walks near bogs under windmills on Prince Edward Island. And eat seafood crepes beforehand. And investigate more in-depth the motivations behind horse-drawn seaweed harvesting. As I hate this picture of myself very much, I am proving my love for my mum by showing it to the world. She loves this picture.
And finally, I can’t wait until Christmas, when we will again do a number on the potatoes of the world, to make piles upon piles of wonderful, delicious lefse.
I love you and miss you, mum. I wish that I hadn’t dropped my phone into the cat’s bedside cup of water and left it there unknowingly for nearly three hours, as it is now busted and I can’t call you. But these things happen (if you’re me).
Happy Mother’s Day!