Today is quite a special day. It’s Good Friday, the start of a holiday weekend, a vacation day from work AND most importantly it’s the day my magnificent mom was born!
So much of who I am comes directly from my mom. From the day I was born she has been my constant. When I was little, she read me books before bed until SHE fell asleep. She frequently locked the Monkees and/or the Ghostbusters IN my closet because they were making so much noise I couldn’t sleep. She tolerated HOURS of watching Mary Poppins. (yes, I can still quote the movie and yes, it’s still one of my favorites.) She washed and sewed up my favorite bunny, Fuzzy, more times than I can count. (I still have him to this day and I will be 30 in June, don’t judge) She has been there for every bump, scrape and bruise literally and figuratively along the way.
My mom has given me so much but I think one of her greatest gifts is her love for my family. It’s the little things she does to show us all how much she cares. A clean house, coming home from college to her having done your laundry. A phone call every day just to check in and see how you are doing. Cards for each holiday and sometimes just to say hi. Text messages just to say have a wonderful day. Sunday morning breakfasts complete with frisbee sized pancakes. (seriously, this woman needs her own pancake house, you would be amazed!) It’s the hugs she gives freely and the way she signs my name with a heart over the “i”. It’s in how she takes time to put up pictures of all of us and our friends. Tom and I had only been dating a few months and when I brought him home for maybe the second time, she already had photos of us together on the fridge! She just makes everyone feel welcome.
You know when I was watching the Brene Brown talk last sunday, she talked about the greatest gift a parent's can give their children is to let them know that you see them and love them for who they are and that they belong. That resonated so much with me because that’s exactly what my mom does. She see’s me for who I really am and I know with out a shadow of a doubt that I belong. I am loved and I belong. Sometimes in life that is all you need to know to keep going.
My mom is one of my hero’s. She is my best friend, my greatest supporter, my shopping buddy, coffee pal and one of my best teachers. There is just no way to put into words how grateful I am to have her as a mom. So mom, Happy Birthday from one of your greatest admirers. I love you more than words and I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!
Son of a nutcracker! Let’s drink some wine! :)
Happy friday everyone, now go hug someone you love!