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Five Years Ago Today

Three generations plus one reptile

Three generations plus one reptile

It has been exactly five years since my mom relocated to ethereal ground. Sixty months since she pulled the rip cord on this dodgy mortal aircraft. 260 weeks since she ditched this earthly popsicle stand for one significantly more lovely, much more peaceful, and boasting an even better chocolate and fruit variety.

My mom. My children’s Grandma Lulu. Everyone’s Lucie.

She loved to laugh, debate, and educate, but above all, she loved to snuggle. She also had an amazing spirit of adventure. I mean, check out the iguana she is holding in the above photo. I was not about to hold that thing. It was huge, heavy, and super wiggly.

My mom was the first person in the pool at my wedding. She, in all seriousness, told me someone pushed her in, but, ha! I have proof! A throw-away camera from one of the dinner tables caught her in action. Her feet had just left the ground and were kicked out to the side, arms overhead, big fat smile, definitely no regard to the flowers in her hair that were about to get drenched. I can’t find that pic at the moment, I blame the move(s). When I find it, I’ll share it so you, too, can witness the truth, how she was.

She loved creamy frosting and cold chardonnay. Dry sourdough toast and a once-weekly can of Coke. She would have proudly sported a Bernie Sanders t-shirt to Saturday morning tennis. She was the lion-hearted champion of all underdogs, especially the socialist kind.

My mom. Our Lulu. Lucie. Not a day goes by when I don’t miss her high-spirited, bad-dancing, unfiltered, guffawing self. Tonight, in her honor, let us raise a glass to her magical brand of magnificence. A margarita glass to be specific, for she’d have had it no other way. On the rocks, no salt, except what is in the tears we shed as we snuggle, share stories, and think of her.

 

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20 Responses to “ Five Years Ago Today ”

  1. Chelsea says:

    Tears at how beautifully you’ve written this Lindsey, how well it captures Lucie’s spirit, and how lucky we are to have grown up together. The “lion hearted champion of all underdogs” is exactly how I remember her, because only she could still love the little brat that was her best friend’s daughter. And yet, she loved me like I was her own. I will raise a glass of Chardonnay, play tennis and think about that wonderful Lucie giggle all day.

  2. Ed Franqui says:

    That is so sweet, and I’m so sorry for your loss. I often think of my dad and hope I’m doing half the job of parenting that he did with me. You have 3 amazing children, I’m sure your mom is looking down with a lot of pride and love all the time!

  3. What a lovely remembrance of your mother. She sounds amazing, so full of life! Thanks for sharing these memories of her. Sending you love and hugs today.

  4. Terry says:

    Lindsey,
    Wonderful memories here. You paint the best picture!

  5. Tomas says:

    Wow that is good stuff. She is smiling one huge smile at her Binz right now. Viva LuLu!

  6. Chelsea says:

    Tears at how beautifully you’ve written this Lindsey, how well it captures Lucie’s spirit, and how lucky we are to have grown up together. The “lion hearted champion of all underdogs” is exactly how I remember her, because only she could still love the little brat that was her best friend’s daughter. And yet, she loved me like I was her own. I will raise a glass of Chardonnay, play tennis and think about that wonderful Lucie giggle all day.

  7. Alison says:

    Just read your blog and funnily enough I was thinking of you! What a great remembrance of your mom. You ability to capture her spirit was moving. Thinking of you and will share a silent toast to all of the amazing mothers here and gone (and

  8. Jen says:

    Love you friend and loved your mom. Awesome post. I am sure you make her proud every day.

  9. R Elliott says:

    My personal favorite was when she would laugh/cry at the same time on the 1000 yr old roller coaster.
    The best part was she never said NO. Cheers to you Aunt Lucy!!! xo

  10. Kirsty Heron says:

    Big hugs Lindsey, I’ll go rustle up a margarita for Lucie!

  11. Lori says:

    Ahh LInds….I can’t believe it 5 years. I was in Nogales a few weeks ago and thought fondly of our Mom’s weekend trip there-all Lucie’s idea-no doubt- to buy some Talavera for sure! Loved all the times I shared with you and her. xoxo

  12. Love Z. says:

    Your mom was beautiful, just like you. :-) What a lovely tribute. Why don’t we tell our moms these things while they are with us on Earth? Maybe you did, but I haven’t. I should.

  13. Samantha says:

    You described her (and her fantastic hugs) perfectly! Your mom had a gigantic heart, plus a knack for bringing everyone along on her fun ride…She coaxed me out of many shy moments at her parties – everything just seemed a little brighter when you were around LuLu. We love her today and always. Big, LuLu-style hugs to you and the family.

  14. Aisling says:

    You’ve captured your mom’s essence beautifully Lindsey. Here’s to Lucie, a life unfiltered and championing the under-dog. Great life lessons x

  15. Nora says:

    Lucie was a great snuggler! I remember her chasing children around the big black sofa at my house like a snuggle monster – SNUGGLE BUGGLE!

  16. Suzanne says:

    Oh, Lindsay. thanks for introducing me to your Mom. i would have loved her too… As clearly all your friends and you, her incredible daughter, do. this was wonderful! suzanne

  17. Gigi says:

    I miss Lucie. When I am with you and the girls, I always miss her. Lucie was bigger than life and more fun than an basket of bunnies. So much energy, so good with the kids (Stella, too) and always ready for mischief. And, to back you up, I was at the wedding and for a fact she jumped with her “mother of the bride’s” dress on. That was her, fun, spontaneous, bubbly and loving. Thinking of you!

  18. Nancy Villalobos says:

    Beautiful, Lindsey. I feel as if I knew her. Now I understand you a little more, too. Such a spirit.

  19. Carol Salatka says:

    Such fun she and I had talking about our beautiful granddaughter! I had so many good times with her and your beautiful tribute brings back so many wonderful memories. Her smile will always be with me. I am grateful that through you she became part of our family. Missing her today and sending special prayers her way.

  20. Heidi Berry says:

    Beautiful Linds! Cheers to Lucie and to the charismatic spirit she created in you! Love you Pal!

 

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