MiniMe's last room had an incredible striped wall that took me forever to paint. I knew I wouldn't have the energy to attempt that task again so for her new room I had to come up with an idea that would please her just the same. Oh how she loved that striped wall. I found this incredible tree decal on Etsy.
I have a special place in my heart for cherry blossoms. My used to live in DC and every spring she cherished the blooming of the blossoms. The day before she died, she had her picture taken in front of the cherry blossom trees in the Potomac Basin by Jefferson Memorial. After she passed away, I developed the film and saw the picture of her with her beloved cherry blossom trees. At our last house, B planted a cherry tree in our backyard in memory of my mom. That was probably the one piece of our house that was hard for me to leave, but he promises me we'll plant one here.
Anyway, Sunday was the 20 year anniversary of my mom's death. It was a hard anniversary for me. As I was posting this decal on MiniMe's wall, I had a good cry and thought a lot about my mom. At that point in time I wasn't thinking of this tree as a cherry blossom tree but just a pink tree I was hanging. Then I looked at the directions more closely and saw that it was designated as a "cherry blossom tree." The irony hit me about how I was hanging a cherry blossom tree in my daughter's room and thinking about my mom whose very last picture take was with these trees. It gave me comfort and I could feel my mom's warmth in that idea somehow.