Sunday, December 18, 2011
An avid nature lover, hiker, and gardener, Mom was always trying to educate anyone who would listen about the birds, flowers, trees, rocks, and more. A few weeks ago, when she walked slowly on her canes around the garden, she pointed out every tree, bird, bush and flower and asked me if I knew their names. (I didn't.)
As a little girl, I always loved it when she pointed out the Jack-in-the-pulpits, and said, See Jack, there? And see his pulpit?
When Suzanne was in first grade, Mom sent her a bug shirt for her birthday. It was a huge shirt with all kinds of insects on it, and it quickly became her favorite sleep shirt. She liked to pick her favorite bug-of-the night before going to sleep from "Grandma's bug shirt."
Mom used to take her rottweiller, Loki, with her wherever she went. Loki would ride around in the back of her car, often with his head sticking out of the window, ears flapping in the wind.
If she stopped for anything, and if she left Loki in the car, he would wait for just so long before jumping out of the window and going to look for her. This was particularly funny when she was grocery shopping. You would see her in the Safeway, pushing her cart, the dog padding along behind her. Half the time Mom didn't even the see the dog until she got to the checkout counter. Loki, she would say. What are you doing here?