Happy Mother’s Day!

One thing I learned as a professional caregiver is that it is hard to be a caregiver! For this reason alone, I salute those who are caregivers by any circumstance. Quiet as it is kept and/or largely debated, giving birth is not necessary to being a good caregiver. Nor is adoption. Or surrogate parenting. Or being of one gender, age, race, creed, color and/or religion. Or whatever else is out there. Care giving is a matter of heart.

If you deeply love the person (or people) that is in your care, that is enough.

Focus on the love. Focus on the good things. Focus on the positive memories. This moment is all you have, so make it a positive one. If you are able to say, “I love you” to the caregivers in your life, make sure you do so. My mom wanted dinner at Hamada of Japan in Tinley Park, Illinois, a card and some flowers.

Have a virtual dinner, card and flowers for yourself.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Keeping Dreams Alive Charity Gala 2017

“Making dream catchers is fun!” is what I thought about this year’s charity gala for South Suburban Family Shelter’s Keeping Dreams Alive charity gala for 2017. At first, I wasn’t planning on going, but my schedule opened up.

I will admit the prospect of making dream catchers became another appeal of going this year! This was my first time making a dream catcher. Oh sure, there are books that detail how to make dream catchers, but we allowed ourselves to have a “creativity workshop” so to speak, before the event to let our imaginations soar!

We had yarn, ribbons, gold hoops, satin flowers and doilies all around us, in addition to banana bread, pizza and great company to further fuel our imagination. I made the Purple Heart dream catcher. It was not easy. I wanted for the yarn to be all over the dream catcher in a web like pattern with the only hollow part being the heart. Well, that didn’t work out.

As a matter of fact, it kept not working out for three whole hours! I had the choice to either give up or come up with a new, improved and simplified design. What can I say? I love making things, so I came up with a new design: Place yarn on the heart only. Then use purple ribbon on the bottom. No one but me knows how much I had to use the glue gun and two sided tape, like one layer after the other, to make that yarn stick to the heart and the entire hoop to hold together and not fall apart. There now! Problem solved! Actor Samuel J. Jackson said, “Sometimes we suffer for our craft.”

Don’t I know it. . .

The people who had an easier time had the crochet dollies to tie onto the gold hoops. They were done with those dream catchers in thirty minutes. They were smart. Now why didn’t I think of that?

Anyway, it was a fun time as usual. I volunteered for the event. The tables looked lovely with their dream catchers. There was a dream wall with requests of needed items for the shelter. The wall had clouds and stars. There were written descriptions of our “Wall of Dreams” on each table.

Within the current political climate and our resources dwindling, our dream came true to continue to keep going, even for a night.