A Toast to Beauty
There is nothing like the love of a mother. There is nothing more beautiful than the bond that a mother and child can share, one that can be passed from generation to generation.
On this Mother’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to toast all the women who play influential roles in our lives, all the mother figures, biological or not, for they truly do make a difference, each and every day. And I wanted to take a moment to tell you about my mom.
I woke up to the start of this weekend with mixed feelings. I was excited because I knew that my little ones had been working hard all week at school, crafting special, sort-of-secret projects to celebrate Mother’s Day for me. Me! As if I needed presents – having them in my life is present enough. But I adore the handmade cards, the gifts with their hand prints (which sadly get bigger every year), and the pride in their eyes when they give them to me. But I was also feeling rather glum – I found myself truly missing my mom.
I lost my mom at a fairly young age; I was in college when she lost her second battle with breast cancer. I was left with memories of her laughter, strength, and courage. She was the most wonderful mother I could ever ask for, and I was blessed to have her in my life, even if for a short while. She is the woman I aspire to be.
To give you an idea of what my mom was like…she was the fun mom, the one who knew how to do the Macarena when it first came out and wasn’t afraid to dance with us in the kitchen…the one who would dare to eat anything…the one who had a zest for travel and adventure…the one who was always patient…the one who was creative and could sew beautiful costumes for my school performances…the one who could always make everyone laugh…the one who hated to cook but loved to bake…the one who disinfected the books we brought home from the library…the one who showed bravery when she fought her cancer…the one who never let on to just how sick and scared she was, even at the end…the one whose name, Linda, suited her, because she truly was beautiful.
I craved my mother’s presence today, and as providence would have it, my phone rang – it was my aunt, my mother’s oldest sister. She was calling to wish me Happy Mother’s Day. And she was calling with love and pride. I found myself in tears, missing my mom, but feeling her love through my aunt. And I came to realize how lucky I am to have many mother figures in my life – I have aunts, family friends, motherly friends, and a wonderful mother in law. I cherish them all.
I can only hope that I emulate the best of them for my own children. So for all the mothers in our lives, I raise my glass to you. A glass of my most favorite wine. I have been wanting to share this wine for quite a while, and I feel that today is the right time. If you recall, I adore Ridge Vineyards, and had promised to share my favorite Ridge wine with you.
The 2006 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay is my best loved wine. In many ways, it is like the best qualities of a woman: it is strong yet delicate, versatile and complex, seductive and nurturing. Take one sip of this beautiful wine and you will feel the lightness of orchids, taste the vibrant flavors of pear and apple, and imagine yourself lounging in a garden in full bloom, with the warmth of the sun on your face. Perfect for the summer months ahead – it is sophisticated but not too serious. It is a wine that we like to enjoy all by itself.
Wine Spectator awarded it 95 points and it also won the Sunset Wine Award in 2009. This remarkable Chardonnay embodies all that is Monte Bello – if you are familiar with Ridge, you will know at first taste that you are indeed enjoying a Monte Bello wine.
I hope you get to try this wine. I hope you get to enjoy it with the beautiful people in your life. It is most certainly a Chardonnay ideal for celebrating.
Happy Mother’s Day!