In honor of Mother’s Day this year, I want to pay tribute to my mom, Libby Goldstein. The mom that taught me to be an artist. The mom that came to every single volleyball game. The mom that brought me fresh lunch from the deli everyday to school (I know, crazy right?) The mom that is my greatest cheerleader no matter what. The mom that would give her left leg or right leg or however that saying goes, she would do it for me. I love you mom. I know how much you love me and I only hope I can give my girls as much love as you have given me.
These pics are from an art session my mom and Gigi had on my mom’s most recent visit from New York. To me, art is the best way to connect and be free with someone. We set out a big piece of watercolor paper and a water color set, pumped pandora to our favorite kid station, Family Folk Songs, and they had at it.
If you can’t tell from the pics, these two are haaapppeeee. They painted. They giggled. They laughed. I loved seeing my mom paint. She is an attorney now (She went and got her Bachelors Degree and Law Degree when she turned 50! How about that for inspiration?!) but growing up my mom was a stay at home mom. She hosted art classes in our house every Tuesday and I loved watching all the women set up their easels in our den and paint. It was fascinating to me. Norman Garbo, the author and artist, was the teacher and he would go around and critique everyone. How cool.
Of course we ended our art session with a dance party. I mean, obviously right? A dance party is how you know everyone is having he best time. These two boogied down and it was magic. Art can do anything. It can bring you to the heart of everything that is important. I remember when I was young I would draw pictures of Batman off the tv. My mom would make such a fuss over how exact they were that I literally thought I was a drawing genius. I bet if I saw them now they would be ok, but thanks to my mom, in my mind, they were perfect. Thank you mom, for giving me the gift of art. It sustains me wherever I go. It brings me confidence and joy and moments like these that I treasure.
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms out there. Being a mother is dang hard sometimes and being a daughter isn’t always the easiest either. Let’s all give ourselves a hand for being both and love the ones who let us be who we are. xo Meri