My mother would have been 93 years old today but I wouldn't be blogging about it if it hadn't been for today's obituary section of the Los Angeles Times. About 60% of Section B, page 6 is filled with the obituary of Patrick Macnee and includes a classic image from "The Avengers." I was surprised to see that he shared her birth year. He was one of mom's most favorite actors: she loved "The Avengers" with Macnee and Diana Rigg, but she would watch them no matter which female lead was present. I have very fond memories of watching the episodes in the 1960's with Mom. In later years, she was always ecstatic when she found reruns on TV.
The remaining 40% of the page was the obituary of Don Featherstone, designer of the vivid pink plastic garden flamingoes of 1957. The obituary includes a cute image of Featherstone with oodles of his flamingoes. Mom loved garden art, especially animals. We had several of those original flamingoes and she added/replaced them over the years; I have no idea how many she had in her lifetime. And, I never had any trouble finding a gift for her for any event or just because!
It's hard to believe it's merely a coincidence that, on her birthday, a whole page of the newspaper is consumed by two things she loved. I hope the families of Patrick Macnee and Don Featherstone realize how many memories they created for so many people.
My brother and I split her garden art. I think she might have been surprised to know we have kept it. I know she'd be surprised to see that I have added to it.
I need to get a pink flamingo as soon as possible.
[Images all by me of some of Mom's garden art in my yard -- all rights reserved.]