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What Does Mother's Day Mean to You?

"ETERNAL LOVE"

Article by Lu Ross

Photography by Lu Ross

Mother‘s Day is almost here. It's a very special day, full of memories and feelings of love and gratitude. It’s a time to reflect and show gratitude for the mothering we have received through the ups and downs of life, whether that be the unconditional love and care of a parent, a relative, a mentor, or a friend who has shaped us into who we are. Mother’s Day speaks to the beautiful cycle of eternal love continuing from one generation to the next.

I have experienced this eternal love both from my mother and from being a mother to my children. The best gift a mother can receive is the gift of time and love. Nothing can replace those special moments spent together and the memories that they create. I cherished and now miss the hours my mom and I would spend just talking about art and life in general. My mother was an artist, and she has been one of the greatest inspirations for my art. Many of the art pieces she created for me, which are showcased in my home, commemorate her and bring back beautiful memories. For those of us whose mom is no longer with us, we can honor her on Mother's Day by sharing memories like fixing one of her favorite recipes or telling a favorite story about her.

Taking Mom out to her favorite restaurant and spending time together savoring excellent food while admiring fabulous ocean views is another great way to celebrate her special day. There are many restaurants in Orange County that are wonderful options. Here are a few that I recommend along the coast.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel: One Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629 * (949) 240-2000

Montage Laguna Beach: 30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 * (866) 271-6953

Nick's Laguna Beach: 440 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 * (949) 376-8595

Chart House Dana Point: 34442 Street of the Green Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 * (949) 493-1183

Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant: 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 * (949) 493-2933

Romeo Cucina: 249 Broadway St #1806, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 * (949) 497-6627

My new release, "Eternal Love," of a single orchid bloom surrounded by beautiful ferns, was inspired not only by my love for orchids but also the idea that a nurturing environment can make anything and anyone flourish. If flowers are usually a gift that you give to mom for Mother's Day, you may consider, in addition to giving her your time and love, giving her an orchid bloom that will last a lifetime.

Title: "Eternal Love." Did you know that the flower symbolism associated with orchid is love, beauty, refinement, many children, thoughtfulness, and mature charm?

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