Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Cowslips for Mom


Happy Mother’s Day up in heaven, Mom. It’s been sixteen Mother’s Days without you now. That doesn’t seem possible, it been only moments since I got the news that began the landslide in our family.

But today let’s just remember the happy Mother’s Days, lots and lots of them, when you were here to get our homemade art projects and cards and all the flats of petunias and marigolds we brought home for you from the local nurseries.

This year I found cowslips for you just like we used to when we were young kids. You remember those golden yellow flowers that bloom right around Mother’s Day.

Glowing in the swamps we used to tromp through they were obvious gifts that we lugged home in buckets overflowing with black peat sludge that ran down our legs and into our boots.

We planted them for you along the lakeshore in the backyard. I don’t remember that any of them lived, but it was the thought that counted. Right?

Anyway, this year I found some cowslips for you but I didn’t dig them up. Didn’t even get my feet very wet. I figure it’s easier to send an image up to heaven than a bucket full of mud, roots and blooms.

I hope you enjoy the flowers, Mom. We miss you every day, but we smile, too, with all the great memories.

Sending you hugs, please share a few with Dad.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “Cowslips for Mom

  1. Happy Mother’s Day 🌷


  2. Dawn, I’m sure your mom is sharing hugs with your dad in Heaven! What a cool memory here of the cowslips. Thanks for sharing it … and I’m sending you a hug for a wonderful Mother’s Day. I’ll bet Princess Katie knows what a good MOM she’s got!


  3. Such pretty Cowslips, I am waiting for ours to start blooming here. 🙂


  4. What a beautiful message for your mom. I’m sure she’s smiling in heaven. That’s the first time I’ve heard the name of those flowers. They are very pretty. Happy Mother’s Day to you – I hope you had a great day.


  5. Happy Mother’s Day to your precious mom in heaven, Dawn. Sixteen years sounds like too many mother’s days without your beautiful mom.


    • It went by so fast, it’s hard for me to realize that it’s been that long. I have to stop and do the math. I think it might be 18 years actually, (I was never good at math) but either way it’s way too long.

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  6. Time is such a strange thing…it sometimes feels like forever, and sometimes yesterday. I’m glad you have so many wonderful memories to hold onto.

    I’ve seen some yellow flowers in the woods recently, maybe they are cowslips? I never heard that name before. I will look more closely next time I spot them.


    • They are also called marsh marigolds. They would be in wet areas, or next to streams. They’d be about the only thing blooming yellow now…though there are things called trout lilies (I think) that are also yellow. But here those are not blooming quite yet.


  7. It was Trillium for my Mom. Wow this brings back memories. Thanks Dawn. You are super.


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