Today is my mom's birthday. It doesn't take much looking around this online space to discover that I spent a lot of time with my mom. A whole lot. It also becomes pretty clear that I think my mom is one of the most generous human beings I have ever met, eager to give her time, talent, heart, and money. She is fiercely devoted to her family and deeply empathetic. Maybe best of all, she's fun to be around.
Among her many talents is her ability to make a home. She creates spaces that make you feel comfortable and welcome. The house I grew up in is wonderful, and one of these days I'll get around to taking pictures of it. Today, I'll just share pictures of her Ocracoke cottage, which would absolutely be her "baby" if it weren't for the fact that I keep giving her actual babies that distract her resources. Her cottage was the first place that made me see the beauty of dark, cozy rooms, the sort of space that feel a little like a bear hug. Her gray and white kitchen is not only adorable, but also remarkably easy to cook in. The bedrooms beg you to stay put and sleep longer. I love that house and all the things she's done
to it. But what is even more special is the way that she shares it with others.
Mama, happy, happy birthday. I love you so much, and I'm so glad to share my days with you. We are all very lucky to have you.