A Tribute to Laurie Maher

Posted By Susan Macaulay

The image of you that is indelibly stamped in my mind is from a photograph taken on January 9, 1993.

I was about to be married (that afternoon) and you were about to become a Mom (a few weeks later).

The photograph is a close-up, from the waist up, although you didn’t have a waist at the time...

10.jpgYou’re holding two half-full glasses of champagne in your right hand and a half-full glass of wine in the left, although you weren’t drinking alcohol at the time either…

Your hair is in your trademark shoulder-length bob. It looks darker than it is, because the photo is black and white. But I know it’s blond, shiny and full, because that’s the way it always is.

Your nails are beautifully manicured, I wonder what colour they were? Your face is joyful, lit up by your lovely smile and your sparkling eyes. You are so beautiful. So expressive. So natural. So perfectly Laurie.

I love that photograph of you. Because it’s so, well, YOU! Okay, you ARE a LITTLE heavier than normal, but that was Kiara, soon to appear and make you and Johnny first-time parents (Rowan was still a glint in his father’s eye at that point).

You were just about to take to motherhood like a duck takes to water. You had given up your career in advertising to be a stay-at-home mom, but the skills you employed so adeptly as an account manager at Baker Lovick would soon serve you well at home.

Among them the abilities to:

  • juggle multiple projects with ease
  • work to tight budgets and timelines
  • educate, negotiate and motivate
  • tackle tough issues
  • be patient, patient, patient
  • use your imagination
  • multi-task
  • manage difficult personalities
  • use humour and grace under pressure
  • plan a menu, plan a party, plan an escape route
  • work well in a team
  • lead, supervise and follow
  • think and talk like a two-year-old, a four-year-old or a six-year-old
  • challenge, change and cheer
  • create something out of nothing
  • deal with temper tantrums
  • care, castigate and cajole
  • love, laugh and lend a hand
  • know when to hold on and when to let go
No wonder you’ve been so brilliant at it – you’re perfectly suited to the job.

You are amazing and I love you.