And so here we go again....moving, that is. After a crazy busy summer spent at my beloved lake house, the time has come to move yet again. While I will miss the lake and the sunsets and the sweet cows at the farm next door, I will be returning to my childhood home where my dear mother of 84 is in need of care. It's to benefit us both I think and perhaps improve a relationship that has needed tending for some years now. Getting a bit personal now...my relationship with my mother has always been tumultuous. Still seeking the motherly approval I so desperately wanted growing up, I'm at a point (finally!) where I'm able to let go of her expectations and start living my own. And now we must get used to living with each other, let subtle insults roll off my back, ignore the judgments and disapproval of a life I'm trying to create that I truly believe in but she will never understand.
Perhaps this will be a lesson to make me a stronger woman. I have no regrets, no resentments. This is to be a true test in my ability to understand the woman who raised me. How many of you struggle with your relationship with your mother?
In Latherati news, Gypsy is about to be launched! Inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, Gypsy is a complex blend with base notes of amber, vanilla, honey, incense and musk with top notes of jasmine and orange blossom. The florals kick off the scent but the dry down is so warm and intoxicating. Look for the roll-on perfume and body cream at the Latherati shop by early October.
Also ready to hit the shelves is Moxie, inspired by A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. First, let me say that I am in love with the scent name! If you don't think Francie Nolan has moxie, read the book again! I absolutely adore Francie, not only because of her love of books but she has a strength of spirit you don't find every day. Moxie is a mosaic of old wood tenements (sandalwood, mahogany and oak), musk, cherry penny candy, raspberry and grapefruit.