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Thanks for the dresses Mom!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday.” ~ P. Hilton

love mom

Yesterday, June, 29th, was my birthday (awww…thank you) :). Like most girls, I enjoy shopping for a couple of sunny day dresses for those sweltering summer days. Enter B & B, THE place at the Jersey shore to find a perfectly skimpy little beach dress, or a chic long maxi for a cool July evening.

So, my bestie Pat and I visited the Lavallette B & B to browse before heading out to dinner by the bay. We quickly gathered a bunch of dresses in our arms and headed to the fitting rooms. Each room looked cleared out of all clothing and people, so I just dashed into the spot next to where Pat was already trying on her finds. I began trying on a few of my items and noticed two very cute dresses joining me in the space. I tried on the navy and white striped high-low dress and KNEW it was for me! I also knew this was a dress Mom would have picked out for me. 100%. It was as if this dress was just hanging around waiting for me. Even crazier to me is that ever since Mom passed away a few years ago, I’ve been visiting B & B every birthday and buying a dress “from” her for my birthday.

(ITALIAN LESSON: it’s for a present = è per un regalo)

summer dress

All of the looks I thought would be perfect on me weren’t, except for THAT dress. Pat loved the look of this nautical number too, so she bought one for herself, AND she decided to declare the dress (& a pair of flips) my birthday gift. We both agreed that my mom had a hand in both of us finding something special.

So GRAZIE to Pat for the fabulous goodies, and a very special thank you to Mom for helping dress both of us!

xo

Mother’s Day….again?

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Get MOM flowers for Mother’s Day! Take MOM to Brunch! Treat MOM to a spa day, or take her out for a whiskey sour, BLAH BLAH BLAH. I know it’s a sweet celebration of the women who cherish you as their sons and daughters, and I know that all the good mothers out there deserve a special day, but I can’t say I don’t get hit with the melancholy stick every May since Mom passed away.

missing mom

Don’t get me wrong, I think all hardworking, loving moms should have their own flower assistant — someone to follow them around and throw fresh rose petals at their feet as they go through their daily grind of ups and downs, laughter, scrapes, tears and, of course, all the blissful moments that life offers mothers too.

If you are a mom, Happy Mother’s Day to you, and I’m sending a huge bubble of love to the heavens, the stars, the moon and the sky — wherever my mom may be. Who knows…she could be right here by my side at this very moment.

Love & Miss you every day Mom – you were one in a trillion.

xoxo
Me

A Very Special Friday Flashback

Friday, February 14th, 2014

“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” ~ Michael Jordan

♥ memories of the first two Valentines who captured my heart ♥
xoxo
~ me mom & me

me & dad

ITALIAN LESSON: parents = genitori


Please feel free to share who your Valentine is this year.

Mom’s Day…again?

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Mother’s Day 2013: Year three without Mom.
All of those Hallmark, Macy’s and Flower commercials are enough to make me hurl my new wedges at our flat screen!

Just like dear ol’ Charlie Brown says about Christmas cards, “I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?” You get my drift.

momandnan

Yeah, I miss Mom on a daily basis, and the sense of loss can get a bit overwhelming when you see and hear phrases like:
“Mom will love this” or “Treat Mom on her special day”, blah blah blah…

Normally, I have a pretty playful, lively disposition, but at the same time, my soul carries around a sense of profound loss like a heavy black burqa, one that cannot be so easily peeled off.

mom in OC

With that said, (and you should know by now this blog is pretty cathartic for me) for today, I’ll strip off my shroud and enjoy the family I have here to love and enjoy spending earthly time with.

So, Happy Mother’s Day Mom, wherever you are — and to all Moms out there in computerland, hug your kids no matter how old they are, tell them you love them and enjoy the day!

Photo Notes: Top pic, I was in mom’s belly. Photo #2 is one of my faves of Mom in Ocean City, NJ. I wrote a post about this special spot called EMPTY BENCH.

Who Wants to Settle for Normal Anyway?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

“I remixed a remix, it was back to normal.” ~ Mitch Hedberg

Ciao a Tutti,

I’ve been so busy lately, but just had to post something new TODAY to get my last post (the dreaded Snooki hybrid) off the top of the page. Besides, after that post Madness was just begging for a touch of class, so here’s Mom looking ravishing in late 1950s glam. A friend of mine (thank you ED!) mentioned this illustration, saying it reminded him of one of Mom’s photos I posted on Facebook — I think he’s right on this one, don’t you?

(ITALIAN LESSON: Noral = Normale)

Ahhh…50s fashion is so chic and so feminine. Do you ever indulge yourself in any past decade’s trends?

Mom Always Said…

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Mom always said, “once you hit 30, time goes really really fast.” Well, maybe she only said it a few times, but DAMN IT, she wasn’t kidding!

It’s like a rollercoaster. You go CLICK, CLICK, CLICK steadily and slowly up the incline of life, and then BING! BAM! WOOOSH! Welcome to a new $%#*N decade!

Back when “Thirtysomething” debuted on ABC, I remember thinking, who the heck wants to watch a show about people in their thirties (you know, those OLD people) eeek! Now, I look back and I’d love to be 30 again — or beam me back to 13 for that matter! Yeah, if you know me & this blog by now, you know I’d go back and try to enjoy every fun-filled insane moment just a bit more.

(ITALIAN LESSON: roller coaster = montagne russe)

Short and sweet today, so thanks for stopping by — please feel free to continue my mini photo journey below (featuring Nan, Poppa, Mom & Me) or share a comment about what age you’d go back to (if you would). I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Be sure to share “YOUR” decade below in the comments section. GRAZIE!

Empty Bench

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than remember me and cry.” ~ unknown

I posted a shorter version of this poem on Facebook last year near Mom’s birthday, but it never made its way to the Madness blog. Since a full year has now come full circle, and I’m taking today off to visit this seaside bench once again, I figured it’s a good time to make this a live one.

Scusa me amicas and amicos, I certainly am light years behind the likes of Emily Dickinson.

EMPTY BENCH

We’d stop and sit for a chat
Our laughter filling the salty air

A stroll on the boards
A slice, a cone, a coke
“Watch those $@#& seagulls!”
Always a chuckle at one of your jokes

Seaside moments to treasure
Our own bit of heaven on earth
For some, a bond so rare
A friendship mom her daughter shared

Today my tears flowed without your presence
I see only our blue bench…empty
Just waiting for you to come and join me there

ITALIAN LESSON: missing (in the absence of) = mancando — “I’m missing you” = “Mi stai mancando”


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♥*HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!*♥
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Jeez, how I miss you, our belly laughs, shopping sprees, our funny ‘what-would-you-rather-have’ questions and the silliness we enjoyed every time we spent those precious moments together. I especially miss reading you my madness writing about all the kooky things we experienced as a family (and the variety of sixteen foster kids, each with their own story).

Even though some of these stories may seem wacked-out to some, I’d go back and enjoy every insane minute again.

xo
~ Me