In just a few days my mother will turn 77, and today we spent the afternoon at the Fuller Craft Museum, admiring the dynamic quilt exhibit and the other handcrafted pieces -- furniture, glass, pottery, textiles. We had lunch in the Cafe surrounded by a group of Red Hat ladies, and Mom pondered whether she would ever want to join a group like that. According to the Red Hat website, they "enjoy life to the fullest"... and they do "exactly what they wish to do." I would say Mom's got all that covered already.
I took this photo of her at the museum today, and I think it embodies exactly who she is -- leaning in to take a closer look, curious about life, surrounding herself with beautiful things, and strong and steady, even though now she may need a cane to help her along the way. Happy birthday and much much love, Mom!