Thursday, July 22, 2010

Just Another Way to Remember

I got a pedicure today.  I picked this color with Hudson in mind:

It's a little more teal than this picture shows. 

I wasn't sure I could pull off the greenish-blue, but those were her best colors:
 

(here with sweet friend Ellary)

And, as you know, she was a loyal Tar Heel fan:



























And Hudson, with all her unbridled joy and spirit, was game for just about anything:



So I said, "What the hell?"  These toes are for my little monkey-- just another small way to remember her and to honor her.  Thank you, Hudson, for helping Mommy be a little more adventurous, even in the tiniest of ways.  Here's hoping there's much more to come.  Who knows?  This may be the first step toward a tattoo. 

20 comments:

  1. If anyone who is more Blogger-savvy than I has some advice about what I might be doing wrong with the photo upload and placement, please feel free to send me a message at mhitchcock at alumni dot unc dot edu. Thanks-- it drives me nuts.

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  2. Love this! I will paint my own Carolina blue in honor of sweet Hudson. Mandy, thank you for sharing the big and the little ways in which you grieve and celebrate your beautiful girl. You are a gift to us all.

    Ashley Dunham

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  3. I have worn my bracelet every day since I got it!

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  4. That is a great color.

    These pictures are so sweet.

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  5. yay for you treating yourself to a pedicure. it's a fabulous color for you. ads

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  6. Okay, I've never done this color before. I know you probably find that hard to believe but I'm not as "out there" as I appear. I will be getting my toes done in blue/teal/blueish green in Louisiana and post the picture to my fb page in honor of our sweet Hudson. Come on women, let's do it. Paint those toes and upload a picture if you can or feel inclined to do so. Men, you can join in too; we won't tell.

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  7. Your toes look great! It's a good color for you.

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  8. Cute toes. And I love, love that "zombie baby" picture-- is that birthday cake? Go wiggle your toes happily-- it sounds like it might have been a little bit easier day today.

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  9. Kate Ackley ZellerJuly 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Mandy, I love this. I feel some of that Hudson joy for life just shining through your words and the picture of your toes and of Hudson. I know I said this last time, but you are a strong woman. Thank you and Hudson and Ed for continuing to inspire your friends, family and those who don't even know you. You three are a gift to us all.

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  10. These photos are how I will always remember beautiful Hudson. The girl had pizazz!

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  11. Yay for your blue toenails...they look great! My friend did hers in a similar shade the last time we went, but I was too nervous to do it. Next time, in Hudson's honor, I won't be.

    Not being shy is one of the major things I remember from the one and only lovely encounter I had with Hudson. She sat on my lap for awhile during dinner at Caroline's wedding reception, and even though I consider myself to not have a lot of "child-handing" skills, she made me feel so comfortable holding her, as though I was doing it right. And man, she loved her food. I remember that, too.

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  12. Getting my toes painted, teal/blue, in Hudson's memory!

    Praying for you all, all the time...

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  13. I've been thinking of getting a specific tattoo for two years, Mandy. I'll come to DC if you want to get inked together.

    And the blue looks terrific.

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  14. The blue looks great. I think it is an excellent way to remember.

    I often wear purple to remember my son Drew.

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  15. re: Lindsey's post, above, if you guys both decided to "get inked" at the same time, I will travel D.C. to watch said event occur ;)

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  16. I'm glad that your remembering today was good remembering. Hudson's main contribution to your life was one of happiness and joy and that is how you should (and I'm sure want to) remember her. I know your feelings of rage and guilt will probably stay with you for a long time, but hopefully the days when you remember her with a smile will come more and more often. Here's to more days of remembering the wonderful things that Hudson brought to your life. One good thing of Hudson's life (not her passing) is the lesson of unbridled passion for life and pure enjoyment of the moment she taught you.

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  17. Love this! What a fitting tribute to your spunky little girl. I think it's time I added blue to my very, very small nail polish collection. . .

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  18. Painting mine teal tonight in Hudson's memory! xoxo

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  19. was walking around in Target and a lady told me she liked my teal toes, she asked what color it was, I said: Hudson.

    smiles.

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