My mom, she’s a riot. I don’t think anyone (well at least anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humor) that meets her can walk away not liking her. She’s a strong lady and has instilled that quality in both my sister and I which I can’t thank her enough for. Lord knows my sister and I both have needed to rely on that stubborn, I won’t give up, try me and you’ll lose trait a time or two in our lives. I’d say that my mom raised my sister and I pretty much on her own, through some pretty tough times, which at its core is true. I didn’t realize that was the case though until I became an adult and really realized what my mom had struggled through and sacrificed for us.
She never made it seem like things were tight, or that she was possibly lonely, or that she couldn’t’ afford those $150 tennis shoes I had to have because of course everyone else was wearing them. She just made things happen and I’d like to think if anything, I’ve been able to do that for my own family – things aren’t always perfect but those aren’t’ kid problems – she did an amazing job of not really letting us know anything was less than par for the course. We always had a nice place to live, dinner on the table, adequate clothing, and never had to go without or feel like we were less than any of our peers. I know now how hard my mom had to work to make that happen and I just wanted to take a moment as we come up on Mother’s Day this year to thank her for everything she’s done all these years and let her know it all hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Beside all that though, my mom is an amazing friend. Did I mention she’s hilarious? Even growing up my friends had no problem with hanging out with my mom because she was awesome. Not awesome as in irresponsible parent trying to fit in with teenagers, but awesome as in snarky, sit and watch Beavis and Butthead with a bunch of 15 years olds until the wee hours of the morning awesome. I must say I sometimes miss those days although I didn’t realize I would at the time, but I am blessed to have amazing memories like that. I can still laugh with some of those old friends and my mom about those things from time to time. To this day when I come across an episode of Beavis and Butthead on TV I have to call my mom and tell her what channel it’s on so she can watch it because I know she still finds it as hilarious now as she did 18 years ago.
While we didn’t have the traditional, perfect, nuclear family growing up, I think my sister and I are very fortunate and had the best possible family for us. I mean hell, we both turned out freakin awesome right? So good job mom and Happy Mother’s Day!
What’s your favorite moment with Mom growing up? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!