Resilience of a bleeding heart.

This is spring growth of a bleeding heart. My mom adored their tiny pink hearts. She grew a huge plant in her yard in Michigan, and the transplant she’d given me survived four moves in thirty plus years. Heavy spring rain and late freezes in 2021 proved deadly for many plants in our area. My bleeding heart never rose from the ground. Then came record heat waves last summer. I was shocked to see new growth this year!

Mom would’ve turned 100 on March 18th. She exemplified resilience. Her mother died in 1932, of cancer, during the Great Depression. Her dad (6th grade education) kept a roof over their heads by painting houses. They moved into thirteen rentals before she hit high school.

After 32 years of marriage, Dad divorced her to marry a younger woman. My older brothers had left home and she wouldn’t let me change my plans to move to Seattle. As an adult, I can’t imagine her anger, loneliness, and bleeding heart. Seven years later, she married our widowed neighbor who adored her for 27 years. Resilience at its finest. My loving mom and friend is wearing a sweater I knitted for her.

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of my novels, The Hitman's Mistake, Torn by Vengeance, and The Targeted Pawn. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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7 Responses to Resilience of a bleeding heart.

  1. A beautiful tribute! 🙂

  2. C.D. Hersh says:

    We agree with Joanne.

  3. Thank you. I’ve missed her each day she’s been gone. It will be 9 years on June 5th. She made it to 91 and she lived five minutes from me for the last two years. It was wonderful having her so close to do things with again. She’d even garnered a new boyfriend at the assisted living=she was 89 and he was 93. One morning I answered a 7 am call from a disgruntled nurse – Mom had wedged her door shut with a chair so they could be in bed together! He needed morning pills. Her Irish moxie/glow/loving spirit shone bright. Writing Iris’s story made me realize how tough their lives were.

  4. viola62 says:

    We never stop missing the people we love. This is a wonderful portrait you’ve painted of your mother.

  5. Sally Brandle says:

    So very true and thank you for the lovely praise. She deserved the best.

  6. sueberger3 says:

    I am so glad she found Happiness. She has a wonderful daughter.

    • Sally Brandle says:

      You are so very sweet. Mom was special and taught me not to fear new endeavors…I’d bet you had women of wisdom in your life, too.

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