Afternoon tea is a wonderful way to create memories and happy moments with those whom you love. And since tea tables are such a part of the tea experience, I always love to take pictures of the tea table, as it helps to visually record these special times with loved ones. As I went through my tea table pictures today, trying to figure out which one I would like to post as my blog-a-thon post for this week, I found a very special picture from a sweet afternoon tea from a Mother's Day past. Four years ago, this Mother's Day, my sister and I shared the day with mom, knowing it would be our last Mother's Day together. Mom had cancer and was very ill. Many duties called for our attention, as mom wasn't able to care for things on her own any more, but we all halted our chores and instead worked together to set an impromptu tea table with things mom loved. Mom was always partial to the color lavender and loved violets. We chose her violets tea set, teacups, and plates. A quick scurry in the kitchen resulted in savory sandwiches, blueberry scones, tarts, cookies, brownies, and baby cakes. With more than enough, we sat down to share tea time together, happily chatting, visiting, and sharing together. Sis and I worked hard to keep mom's spirits up, and she savored each day as a blessing. Flowers from her garden surrounded us (she loved her garden) and friends from the neighborhood dropped by for a visit (we poured them a cuppa as well). Mom said it was the best Mother's Day ever. . .and as Sis and I cleaned up the dishes. . .we were happy that Mom felt blessed and was so content because of a special day doing special things with her special daughters. Mom passed away two months later, but Sis and I will always look back on our last Mother's Day with her as a special blessing to us all. I miss Mom especially on Mother's Day. . .and always.