You say today isn’t Mother’s Day? I know that! But I think that every day should be an honor to your mother, and you should try to remember all the things she taught you, and overlook the things that are age-telling.
So she doesn’t move as fast as she used to, but she still gets the job done. She doesn’t remember everything with the clarity that she did in your youth. Still, she remembers many things you choose to forget, like when you put the cat in the dryer because he was wet! Or the time you were pissed at her and packed your things in a box and ran away.
She clapped the loudest at your class play when you played a flower and screamed the loudest when you smacked the ball into the outfield the first time. She sewed your Halloween costume into the night and was up the next morning with pancakes ready for you and your friends.
Maybe wanting you to have everything she didn’t have was not the best thing she did, but it must be up there in the top 10 things that earned her a pat on the back.
Packages in pretty paper with flowers and the glittery ribbon isn’t what her heart desires; it’s the hugs and the heartfelt thank you’s. Sitting holding her hand and listening to the stories over and over again will make her happy. Didn’t she listen to your stories? Over and over?
My mother had a stroke that put her in the Nursing Home, with only three words in her vocabulary; what they were, isn’t important. I called her every month and talked for several minutes, pre-cell phone. You had to pay every minute for those calls. I could hear the happiness in her voice. And the plus; I could tell her all my problems, and she just said, “ayah!”
I am the luckiest mother in the world because I have all that love and caring from our kids. It is hard accepting that I earned it, but it is wonderful.
There may come a time when she won’t be able to listen or talk to you, so make the most of the time you have with your biggest fan! The one person in the world that will love you, no matter what you do or what heights in business you achieve.
Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die.
I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect?
Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing.
My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda.
Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated.
I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.”
I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class.
After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome.
I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.
View more posts
One thought on “Happy Mother’s Day”
This was such a heart-warming post, and also a good reminder that although there are holidays like Valentine’s day to celebrate love, Christmas to celebrate family, and New Year’s to be thankful, that we should still make sure to appreciate and celebrate these things everyday in a small way – not just on days like these. Thanks for sharing that little extra love! <3