In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, I’ve decided to let you all in on the little secret that I have a pretty AWESOME momma! I feel like God knew that I would be a handful, so he gave me a built in lifelong best friend and therapist.
As I’ve grown over the years, so has our relationship. It never ceases to amaze me how she adapted to whatever phase I was in to be the person I needed her to be. In my newborn years she was willing to give up sleep and be a constant nurturer. In my toddler years she was willing to adapt and go with the craziness of a tiny toddler terrorist. In my elementary years she was willing to teach me how to exist in a world of constant learning and growing. In my preteen days she was willing to give me advice and be shoulder to cry on when the mean girl phase was running rampant in my middle school. In my actual teenage years she was willing to NOT kill me when my attitude and angsty ways were too much to handle for any normal human. In my college years she was willing to be a constant supporter, and cheerleader of my goals. She was at every ball game, birthday party, slumber party, school ceremony, band concert (and I was BAD), graduation, my wedding… you name it she was there being my biggest supporter!
I loved her back then through all of those phases, but I have to say I love having our adult relationship and friendship. She’s a constant ear, a great source of advice for career or life matters, and now that I’ve grown well into adulthood I feel like I can be those things for her too. There is no one else I rather share a glass of wine with, laugh with, cry with or just hang with. I don’t think I really realized until I was in my thirties how much time and how much of herself she gave up to raise us kiddos (yes I said KIDDOS, she did all of this & I wasn’t even the only one!) and that is truly so selfless and amazing!
Also, let me tell you when you have a great mom, it is not always rainbows and sunshine because a strong woman like her isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She definitely knows how to keep me humble, and how to put me right smack dab in my place when needed. But I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I could not have asked for a better example of a strong and strong minded woman. She has inspired me in so many ways throughout life, and I hope I grow to be half as badass as her one day!
I love you Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you other moms too!