No, this situation isn't about sitting with my mom this Mother's day.
You see, my mom shared one thing with me: the love of the outdoors. So, since Maryam had to go home today I wanted to make sure she experienced Yellowstone National Park.
So, yesterday we drove into the park. She was amazed. Couldn't believe that wildlife would walk within yards of people. I took her to Mammoth Hotsprings. My mom had taken me there a few times before.
Eventually we got to Norris Geysers. It smells there. Really.
Think about what would happen if 100 people would fart in an elevator. That comes close to the smell you'll experience at Norris and other places in Yellowstone.
See, the hot water that comes out of the ground brings with it Hydrogen Sulfide. It smells. Like rotten eggs. Or farts.
Norris is one of those places you'll probably see on Discovery Channel. If you have an HDTV I'm sure it'll be pretty interesting to watch, but HDTV won't bring you that smell. It must be experienced.
Why go there? Well, the geyers are interesting to watch. And the colors that form in the water streaming from the geyers are brilliant. My little cell phone camera doesn't do justice.
It seemed to be a good place to spend the afternoon. The only thing really smelly about it was my mom wasn't there. I might go back this week and sit on this bench and take it all in again.
My mom loved this place. She lived only an hour away.
I wish you all could experience the smell without experiencing the stinky situation. Heck, I wish that for myself.
Oh, by the way, Eric Rice wrote a beautiful thing about mothers this morning. He wrote "And never has it been so worth it to cry this much before noon."
P.S., my mom is doing as well as can be. She is a bit more alert. She recognizes people as they walk in (she has SO MANY friends here). Her sister arrived last night and they have had some very touching moments together. My mom strokes her hair and looks at her. Unfortunately there's not much else of my mom there to connect with. Funny thing, she picked up my business card and stared at it for quite a while. Ever since then we've brought her pictures and other things to look at.
As for me, it's a tough thing to go through. But, I'm trying to see the good parts in it and there are many. Even though it indeed, is a stinky situation. Much like the color in the geyser water below the smell.