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Unexpected Confessions and Blessings

Saturday, April 07, 2012

My stepson sent me a text on Friday so I thought I was getting Easter flowers. This bowled me over because our relationship while good has not been particularly close. I rarely see him and here he was organizing flowers. None came yesterday and then I received a text saying did I get them. They were from the two boys and one of their girlfriends. They said UPS verified it. Can I tell you the youngest came right over. Apparently they have been delivered across the street. I was so touched. We will try and sort it out today. I have had their father arrested three times just this year. I can't believe they would do this for me. And you know what it's like for a 20 something to come over and try and handle this? I am awed.
They are due for lunch today shortly. So, I am making fish. We are interfaith so we are having combo Easter/Passover lunch as the eldest works at night and tomorrow is their mother's birthday.
I was married 20 years ago. And for a wedding present my mother gave me the fish service from her set which was from my great grandmother. We have a major silver service. Seriously think originally it was for 48. In fact my mother split out a service for 6 except for the knives and used to run it through the dishwasher. Of course, when she was put in a home, I got the rest of the service. But back to the fish service. It was in a box. My first husband was a man who said erl instead of oil (whole other story). It was a very short marriage and I never took the service out of the box my mother gave me. I have moved with it several times. When T and I moved, I took it out of the box still wrapped in tissue and put it in a drawer in the china cabinet.
Last night was the first night in my life I was alone for Passover. This morning I think since we are having fish, maybe I'll use the fish service. I can't believe this. When I started to unwrap the tissue my mother had split off more of the set than I knew existed and had actually given me my own small set of the silver in addition to the fish knives and servers. There are even demitasse spoons. I never knew or imagined and she never said a thing. I feel I am blessed and that my mother and grandmother are with me today and always. What tremendous gifts of love I have received this weekend.
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