That pretty little pixie on the left is my Mom. Things between she and I have not always been easy. If you are a daughter or have a daughter I’m pretty sure you’re aware that the road can be a rocky one. Independence can be hard to forge when your teacher is not in total agreement with your choices. Looking back I can see that she was ALWAYS right, but youth is a crazy time and sometimes reason can not be heard. I’m just glad she cared enough to keep trying to keep me on the right path.
When I look at these pictures from her own childhood, I can’t help but get a lump in my throat. She didn’t have an easy life, and what she went through could have made other less strong people bitter or hateful, but she didn’t get that way, she chose to let go of the past and make a better life for herself and for me. I’d say she was a huge success.
After graduating from high school she and my Dad got married. That was the summer of 1961. They’ve been very happily married for 50 years this July. How’s that for inspiration?!
Last spring we all went to Florida, and I must say that was the best few days of my life. It was great fun to spend time relaxing and playing with the people who are responsible for the women that I’ve become.
Mom always says that she needed to play “bad cop” to my Dad’s “good cop” role, but I think they both gave me just exactly what I needed. Mom’s my go-to person when I’m not sure about an important decision or am wounded and in need of healing. She knows just how to put things into perspective.
I hope that she knows that I’m so proud to call her my Mom, that she picked the perfect guy to be my Dad and that I’m blessed to have the wonderful little family that she made for us.
So Mom, today is the day to honor you and all the sacrifice that you’ve made for me. You have been a constant source of strength and encouragement to me. If I havent told you recently… I’m thankful and blessed to call myself your daughter!
Happy Mothers day to all the hardworking Moms out there. Your love makes the world a better place for us all.