Today my mom turns 70. I can’t believe it. It’s weird when your parents get older—you always think of them as perpetually around 40 or 50. I wanted to share with you the AWESOME person that is my mom.
A is for All Around Amazing: Yep, that’s her. Loving, generous, giving, inspirational—I could go on and on. My mom is the most influential person in my life.
W is for Workhorse: As far back as I can remember my mom worked. She was a waitress, salesperson in retail, did insurance work and finally a Human Resources manager at a major phone utility. I inherited her work ethic, but I also saw that TOO much work could lead to some serious stress. She taught me the value of a strong life/work balance – in that order.
E is for Excellent Cook: Home cooked meals were the usual at our house. She did all the grocery shopping, cooking and clean up (eventually that chore was passed to my brother and me). She is hands down the best cook I know. And baker. She can whip up a mean dessert, of which I have many happy memories. It is also probably where I developed my sweet tooth. I cook but NOTHING like my mom.
S is for School Attendee Extraordinaire: My mom loves to learn. As an adult she went to college and received her degree in Human Resources. It took her about seven years and she balanced it with work and home life. In retirement she still takes the occasional class to keep her brain active and learn new things. I know I got my love of learning from her.
O is for Outstanding Sheet Folder: My mom is a linen ninja. I have never seen anyone fold sheets INCLUDING THE FITTED SHEET, like her. I don’t know how she does it, but I am awed when I see it in action. I am more like the guy in Lowe’s commercial who ends up throwing it on the ground screaming , “THERE ARE NO CORNERS!” Guess that gene didn’t get passed on.
M is for Mucho Emotional: My mom can get choked up during a sad commercial, movie, TV show, birthday card, memory, you name it. I can say all that because I definitely inherited that gene. If anything we are watching is even remotely sad, my husband immediately turns to me and knows I am bawling. Heck, I am teary eyed writing this blog. But there’s no shame in being sensitive; we express ourselves in all sorts of ways, including being exuberant when we are happy.
E is for Enduring Courage: My mom’s childhood was a tough one, with 4 siblings and not a lot of money. She was married, had a child and divorced young (her choice, and not an easy one in the 1960’s). She worked to support herself and my brother. She married again and had another child (me) by the time she was 24. Through it all she persevered and prospered—a 40+ year marriage, two successful children, a college degree, went out at the top of her game at work. A force to be reckoned with. And still is.
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
With all the love and devotion I can muster, I say Happy Birthday, Mom. And many more.