Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sweet Elise

My sweet Elise is gone. For those who may have met her at the Phipps Plaza store, she was the sweet Lady quietly helping out around the store, organizing and labeling every.single.thing. in our storage area and cleaning up in the kitchen so it sparkled like her kitchen at home. She gave me the idea of putting those half-circles on the sides of our custom boxes so they could slide open easily. She helped us settle into our new studio and didn't stop telling me how much she loved the space. All that labeling sure came to good use during our move.

To me and my three sisters, she was our precious gift. We are so proud to have had her as a mother. I can’t wait to pull up pictures of birthday cakes she baked for us when we were kids. Our birthdays were such a big deal to her. I remember she had to go out of town for work on my tenth birthday. Before she left, she made sure everything was set, my outfits (I had options, y'all), the food, the party favors, the activities, the cake, everything. At the time, I was sad that she wouldn't be there, but at the same time, I was excited because she'd planned this big 'ole party for me. She ended up making it back into town on my birthday (only God knows how she pulled it off) and my joy knew no bounds. It was an amazing party! She’s the reason I wanted to grow up and do the same for my children. We were the ‘big cake house’ growing up. The one where you always got a big piece of cake at birthday parties.

To be honest, I have thought about closing up shop to deal with everything. It seems so hard when you’re going through something like this. However, this past week, between shifts at the hospital, I found it healing to be able to frost and decorate cupcakes at the studio before rushing back to take over from my sisters. I loooooooooooooove my mommy. Ugh! It hurts! At the same time, my mom loved to say “be positive”, so I will. Je t’adore Maman et je t’aime.

4 comments:

Tunde O. March 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM  

So sorry for your lose. May our dear Lord grant her perfect peace as she rests with him now.

Topsylavy March 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM  

I sympathize with you! She was sweet. I only met her a few times at church but she smiled so sweetly and gracefully with no noise at all just that sense of calmness! May she rest in perfect peace with the Lord! Praying for you all! Tope.

Vee SA September 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM  

Aunty Elise was so lovely I will always remember the wonderful holidays we had spent in her company and the mega 10 birthday bash that she threw for me. She was so generous I would like to Thank God for your Life. RIP aunty Elise we MISS you. Vladimir

Toyin A September 25, 2016 at 3:57 PM  

I'm just seeing this blog for the first time. Such sweet words! I'm glad I was privileged to share her compassion. She's resting well.

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