This photo is posted each year on my Mom's Birthday and it made me mad.
Some might think it's strange that this is how I spent my Mother's Birthday (her 21st in heaven) and that's fine. It made me feel better. I got frustrated, trying to caption an image, without saying what I'd already said over the past 21 years celebrating without her. That's where the downward spiral began and ended in an ugly cry with the realization that I'll never have a new picture of me and my mother.
So, on what would have been her 76th Birthday, I spent the day updating our picture.
I superimposed the current "me" with the Mom that I remembered. I imagined what it would be like if we had the chance to take that photo today. Where would we be? Would she still be on Long Island or would they have moved to Tennessee? Would we go shopping? Would she watch her grandchildren while my husband and I had a quick weekend getaway? Would we argue about the way I'm raising my kids? The way she raised me? Laugh about the "old times?" Who knows?
Obviously, I did a horrible job with the editing, but that's okay. I spent time with my Mom on her Birthday and that's what mattered most to me.
PS. If you can make it look better, have at it. Would love to see. HERE on Facebook.
Caption: The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” - Andy Warhol. I hate the fact that these pictures never change. I strongly resent not having current pictures of my mother beyond 1998. So, I changed the picture. It very well may be the WORST photoshop job ever...But, at least I got to spend time with her today. Happy Birthday, Mom. Still missing you.