Hopefully My Mom Can Paddle as Well as She Sings!

Dear friends,
This past weekend I visited¬†my folks. My mom had purchased tickets (an early birthday present for me) to see my all time favorite Broadway actor – Mandy Patinkin sing with Patti Lupone (another favorite). My sis, delicate daughter and amazingly vivacious 78-year-old mother stopped at a Vegan Cafe before the show –

mom green wall(sister, delicate daughter, beautiful mom)

The show was fantastic, no surprises there-

mandyThe¬†big surprise was my dad’s special¬†gift for his wife. My mother – bless her young heart – plays tennis, serves as an Art Committee Chairman, enjoys¬†swimming…in short she loves life and lives it well. She¬†got the idea into her head this year, she’d like to take up kayaking. Her six children advised against it. My father –¬†usually a conservative thinker –¬†threw caution¬†to the wind and gave his spirited wife a shiny new, red kayak for Mother’s Day-

kayakI love my mother dearly. She is so many things to so many people. Her talents are many. She has a beautiful soprano voice. She sang the Ave Maria at her wedding, as well as mine-

mom & dad weddingI painted¬†this watercolor portrait in 2009 for my parents’
50th Wedding Anniversary celebration

I hope when the shiny red kayak touches down on the lake¬†for its maiden voyage, my mother can paddle as well as she sings…