May Cover Art for Skirt Magazine

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Happy May, the month that's all about moms!

Naturally, the theme for this month's skirt! magazine is just that, motherhood. While I myself am not a mother, I am blessed to have an amazing mom of my own and 2 wonderful grandmothers.

This illustration was inspired by one of my grandmothers, Granny, who just passed away in March on the first day of Spring. She lived a full and wonderful 92 years on this earth. I tried to incorporate a bit of her in this piece. The gladiolus in the background are from the immense gladiolus garden she grew and loved. She also had a large fruit and veggie garden where she nurtured everything from black-eyed peas to strawberries. Granny was an amazing cook and loved to share that with her family and friends as well as bringing meals to shut-ins. She loved animals and helped instill that deep affection in me. She'd often say "never throw away anything that one of God's creatures can eat", while leaving out scraps by the edge of the woods for forest friends (she lived out in the country). Dog treats were also always found in her car so she'd be prepared to feed any canines that crossed her path. Granny was everything a mother and grandmother should be, patient, kind, strong, selfless, and wise. She helped shape me into the person I am today and I can only hope of being a fraction of as nice of a human being as her.

After also losing my extraordinary paternal grandmother, Mema, last year, I am now grandparent-less. It's a weird feeling. While we all know this time will surely come, it doesn't make the pain go away any more. I wish I could call both of them just to chat. I am thankful and iternally grateful to have known all my grandparents and also to have had both my grandmothers in my life into my 30's. What a treasure to have gotten to spend so much time with them.

So give your mom and/or grandmother a call, a hug, or send them a nice not (of all 3!). Think of all the wonderful moms that have been in your life! Past and present. Happy Mother's Day to all!

Skirt Magazine Mother's Day Illustration

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