In my life, I have been fortunate to be faced with both obstacles and opportunities that have guided my journey in unexpected ways. As one of four children raised by a single mom, it was a fortunate necessity that I get creative and resourceful if I wanted new clothing, my first snow skis, or a new bike. My mom and I designed my clothing, she bringing them to life late at night at the sewing machine.
Thanks to my mom’s faith, talent, and positive spirit, my family was always cared for, despite our financial struggle. Our birthday parties were always special. There was no “Party City” nor websites from which to order cake molds, decorations, games or party favors. My mom made every occasion special through her love, enthusiasm and creativity.
I am grateful for the love and commitment my mom exuded during those difficult years. I remember vividly the look on my mom’s face when she got off the phone that night in 1979. One of her high school friends remembered my mom’s dream of owning a bridal shop someday, which would allow her to create magical moments and memories for countless others, as she did for us. This friend was ready to try something new in her life, and she and my mom soon opened shop in a charming historic house. While my mom was passionate about the business, her friend decided it wasn’t for her, and they parted
ways. It was a sad situation that I shared with Dixie, my boss at our local department store, Brett’s. As luck would have it, the company was ready to lease its bridal department rather than continuing to run it themselves. Dixie wondered if my mom would like to lease it. That phone call to my mom would be one of the happiest of my life. What started out in a back corner of the dress department, my mom would grow to be one of the largest bridal shops in Minnesota. And yes, that still meant spending late nights at the sewing machine making sure every wedding was perfect!
My mom and I love reminiscing about those days, and always burst out in laughter when we look at the pretty crazy dresses she had me model for the bridal edition of our local newspaper (circa 1984)!
Happy Mother’s Day!