Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!


When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along…


Last week my blogging friend @ MerrilyMaryLee's posted a link to this video and after viewing it about a dozen times, I decided that I just had to share it with you in honor of Mother's Day! Like she said in her post, "You're in for a treat!"





Robins - 4 Eggs, 4 Weeks from Fred Margulies on Vimeo



So, did you watch the whole thing? No? Whattamean, no? Click that play button!

I can't tell you how much I love this video; this momma bird just reminds me of what all of us have gone through as mothers ourselves. We built our nests, we "hatched" our young, we nurtured them come rain or shine, we kept them from harm, we raised them to be fine upstanding citizens, and then one day we turned around and they were gone and they just left us standing there (luckily without a worm in our beaks). They flew the nest, they went out into the big world and built their own nests. 

Now I know some of you still have your fledglings at home and haven't experienced this emptynest syndrome yet. For you I say, enjoy every minute…well, at least cherish every moment — the good and the not so good. One day you'll be like the rest of us — sharing those memories with your adult children. You'll laugh over the antics that at one time drove you crazy and shed a few more than a few happy tears over their accomplishments. 

The other thing you'll be doing for sure is waiting for that phone to ring on a day like this and hearing those four little words…

I love you mom…


To all of you, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day, today and everyday.

To my kids, thank you for being my little birdies, I love you both so much!

To my mom, I miss you so much, thanks for being my mom!

In loving memory
Rhoda Mae Merritt Grantham
May 25, 1929 – October 20, 2001



23 Thoughtful Comments:

becky said...

Such a sweet post, Rhonda! I watched the video...it reminded me of the time a robin built her nest right under my office window and I watched the whole thing...and I saw the last little baby take his first run...I always wondered if the mom ever came back to the nest after they'd gone...now I think maybe she did after watching the video. :( kinda sad when they're all gone...or not.

Della said...

Awww she looked kinda sad at having an empty nest.

We had a mockingbird nest and hatch babies in our topiary next to the door. (about where the mermaid is now). It was fun to see the eggs, hatchlings, and growth of the baby birds!

Happy Mothers Day to you! Enjoy your day!

Karen said...

Broke my heart when she landed and looked for her missing babies.

I'm not happy about the impending empty nest thing myself. Thankfully I have a few more years to get used to the idea and hopefully they won't fly too far away from the coop.

Happy Mothers Day to you ~

beachcomber said...

LOVE it! such a sweet video and i love the photo of your mum. Happy Mothers Day!
cheryl x

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Happy Mom day girl! What a loving post. Thanks for sharing.

RottenMom said...

As a Mom who's first born has recently left the nest and is making a life of his own and a daughter who leaves for NYU in August, is it okay that I cried when the Mama robin came back to the empty nest with a worm in her beak?

I still have the littlest one at home in the nest. I'm going to make sure I sit on him and never get up. Hubs can bring home the worms!

I can see where you get your beauty, your Mother was gorgeous.

Happy Mother's Day!

Jane said...

What a beautiful post, Rhonda! I loved the video...and teared at the end. I felt like that momma bird...for quite awhile. "Where did they go?"
Happy momma's day!
J

Love of the Sea said...

Sweet video. Kind of sad at the end - but she did a good job taking care of them till they were old enough to take care of themselves.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Awwwwwwwww when they were all gone and she came back....still it's what we do, take care of them until they fly away. Happy Mothers Day!

Here Under the Rainbow said...

Rhonda, thank you for sharing. I love the video...so poignant when the mother came back to an empty nest. When I watch the ever hungry children take and take from its mom, I am humbled by how our mothers overlook our selfishness, our careless outbursts; how she is quick to develop amnesia over them, but have elephant memories when we do the tiniest kind gestures.

I wish you the happiest Mother's Day.

Shelllady said...

I love your blog....ESPECIALLY today!! Thanks so much for sharing....it's 'funny' the reason I started blogging was to have a place to share my photos, and thoughts with my daughter....and anyone else who wanted!! I even put in my 'about me' that I had major empty nest syndrome!! Thanks so much for sharing.....

And Happy Mother's Day!!

Desert Dreaming said...

Oh Rhonda...that video made me cry from the beginning to the end, but mostly the end. How beautiful, sweet, and yet so sad. WOW!!! I guess I am lucky, my daughter still lives at home, but is about ready to get out there on her own, and I am so not ready for this. My heart is breaking just thinking about it, but I know it's best for her to grow even more as a young woman, she is just my only child, and I wish I could keep her here with us forever, but that's just not right, but it's just all part of being a Mother, with endless love. Thank you so much for sharing the video with us.

Your Mother was a very beautiful woman, with such a sweet loving smile.

Have a great Mother's Day, God Bless!!!

Joni

michelle said...

Oh my gosh I cried! She just flew in and dropped the worm, like "where did my babies go!?" It is amazing at all the things we do for our kids, what our mothers have done for us. I am so happy that I am close to my mom and see her almost everyday. My kids are still small but the years do go by so fast, too fast.
The picture of your mom is beautiful, she looks like she has a gentle soul, much like you. :)
Happy Mothers Day to you!
XO

Kaybe said...

Well I've got tears in my eyes. Last year I watched my baby ducks go from hatchlings to the day they learned to fly. Bird mommas personify everything a good momma should be. Your momma was the best! She would be so proud of the woman you are.

Love ya!

Low Tide High Style said...

Aww what a sweet video and post, and I can relate as my birdies are flying the nest! Happy Mother's Day!

Kat :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Look at your beautiful mum Rhonda.. such a great shot... she looks like she had much zest for life.. just like you.. I know she would be proud of the kind and generous person you are!!!

Well we both are missing our mums today.. but luckily we have great friends.. to ease us through..

Have a lovely day.. and Happy Mother's Day.. ciao xxxx Julie

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your mom was so pretty. I miss mine today too and everyday. My kids have been very good to me today...I am blessed. I hope you had a wonderful day.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Such a neat post Rhonda!
You always come up with the most creative things and this one made me weepy!
Love the pic of your Mom, I bet you miss her so much!
Happy Belated Mothers Day to you my friend!
Cindy

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

Dang, Rhonda - you got me! Boo, hoo. I'm totally missing my little one (who is 27 yrs old today) and my mother. Mother's Day is such a bittersweet holiday anymore... :O)

Hope you have a wonderful week, Ms. Shellbelle.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Awww! Now you've made me cry! What an amazing video. I just loved it. I am going to have to share this one with a few of my friends on facebook. OMG! Your mother was very pretty too! I hope you had a wonderful mothers day Rhonda!

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, you had a beautifully precious mom. Thanks for sharin' that lovely pictures with us.

You captured quite the treasure with your Mama Robin and her brood. I was just watchin' my Mama Bluebird tryin' to keep her flock fed outside my bedroom window. Those little fine feathered babes sure have some pie holes on 'em! Heeehehehe!

God bless you and have a beautiful week sweetie!!! :o)

CHERI said...

I absolutely LOVE this video! Every year we have wrens build nests in the ferns on our front porch. One nest is now empty with the babies having flown off...we're awaiting another brood anyday. We also had a cardinal build a nest right outside our kitchen window. We had the best time watching Mama and her one little baby. I even saw him when he flew off! Thanks So much for sharing!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a beautiful post Rhonda! Love the picture of your mother. The video is so moving - the end brought tears to my eyes. In regard to our conversation... Okay, so maybe I am not quite ready for an empty nest, but I do believe it is time to close the doors to all the human strays I keep taking in...

Hugs to you my friend,
Tracy

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