Mother's Day, a day to pause and give thanks to that lady that has meant so much to all of us. This day always makes me think back to my earliest memories, times when I looked to my mom for protection, guidance and security. There is not one great story I can share, rather there are a collection of things I recall that make me smile and make me thankful for having an amazing mom.
1. First one in the kitchen: no matter how early I woke up when I was a kid I was always guaranteed to be met my my mom in the kitchen. I didn't realize how cool this was until I moved out on my own and found breakfast a lonely, boring time.
2. Soup, sandwiches and Fred! It never failed, everyday when I came home from school mom would have lunch all ready to go. The menu usually consisted of soup (tomato was a favorite), sandwiches (I loved grilled cheese day), and Fred. By Fred I mean Fred Flintstone. No matter how many times she had seen each and every episode mom was okay with the family from Bedrock joining us for lunch.
3. Letting me make my own mistakes: my teens were not a happy time, for my parents that is. My life at that time was filled with one mistake after another, but mom was there for me when I was hurt. I remember a lot of advice and encouragement, but not a lot of "...no, there is no way you are doing that...". Except for a couple times when she needed to be ultra strict, in the end she was right on both counts, and to be honest I knew it all along (moms know when a girl is not right for their son).
4. Listening to the teachers: I didn't get in a lot of trouble at school, mostly my issues were just around my laziness when it came to academics. If the teachers ever did have to call home though I guarantee she never looked for a chance to blame the school...and boy did I get it when she hung up.
5. Being there when it mattered most: high school graduation, wedding day, university convocation, the birth of my kids. Mom was there, well, not physically there for the birth of my kids, but she was ready for that phone call. Those are important times and for a guy who never felt very bright or particularly good at anything, having a chance to shine in front of my mom was pretty awesome.
6. Knowing I had enough friends: my mom loves me, I know that, and she also knows I have enough friends. She never tried to be my buddy, to "hang out" with me or anything like that. I appreciated that.
7. Letting me be a parent: my mom loves being a grandma, I mean she loves it! This is another reason my mom is so awesome, she let's me parent my kids. She is willing to share advice when I ask, but I've never heard her say, "whoa, you are doing this or that wrong!"
So, a few of the myriad of reasons my mom is awesome. I hope she has a terrific Mother's Day and she knows she's in my thoughts.
Love ya' mom.
As always comments are welcome.