Today is my mom’s 67th birthday. Today is also the 11th year that we are not celebrating this special day with her. In 2005, my mom was diagnosed with cancer of the bone. It was very abrupt. And until now, the day when we lost her feels like very recent. We always miss her especially her sermons; how she looks when she gets angry; her excitement over a new plant; her weird thoughts and impulsive travel decisions; and her cakes and flowers.
She was my mentor and greatest critic. She taught me how to be curious and be brave to try to learn new things. She also taught me how to strive, to my best, and never lose courage despite the adversities along the way. Through her, I discovered my passion for flower arrangement, crafts, and baking. Although she in no longer with us, I know that she is always there to guide us and inspire us to do our best.
Calla Lilies for My Mom
As my way of celebrating her special day, I dedicated one of my Ikebana arrangements to my mom who is now in heaven. I used one of the flowers which she liked – Calla Lilies. Back then, she would always use Calla Lilies when making flower arrangements for weddings. For my arrangement this week, I used three white Calla Lilies together with some Aspidistra leaves. White also represents her simplicity and modesty. The green leaves, on the other hand, reminds me of her passion for gardening. She used to grow plants with big and long leaves similar to Aspidistra. I also used a black vase to represent the sadness and yearning now that she is no longer with us.