An Ode to My Mother

IMG_0548My mother is the most beautiful person I have ever met. There is not a selfish bone in her body. She is able to turn the worst situation into something positive and constantly strives to make people laugh. Actually, I don’t know that she strives for that; it might just be a natural talent she possesses.

When I think of my mom, I think of a safe place to land, a friend to talk to, someone to look up to. Some people are afraid to turn into their mothers, but I think that if I turned into my mother I would be a better person.

Many people weren’t lucky enough to have the childhood I had. She threw the best homemade birthday parties. You wouldn’t believe the cakes and pinatas this woman would create! My favorite party was probably the carnival games she set up in the backyard complete with tickets and prizes and pieing Granny in the face.

DSCN4030When I had a nightmare she would sit on my bed and we would talk about my favorite rides from Disney World until I fell back asleep. When I was sad she would let me cry all over her shirt. She would always push us to do things she knew we would love. I took dance lessons, my brother tried several different things, and my sister took horseback riding lessons. Everyone else always came first. Mom and Dad never went on extravagant dates or fancy vacations. They made home a fun and interesting environment.

We would have family parades and dance parties. Mom always read to us. I think we made it to the fifth Harry Potter book before we were all way too old and insisted upon reading it ourselves because it was faster than trying to get everyone together at the same time.

As much as I hated it then, she always called the parents before I was allowed to go to a party or a friend’s house. She wanted to make sure someone was home so it would be safe and we wouldn’t get into trouble.  If I didn’t want to go somewhere she would volunteer to be the bad guy so I could say, “Sorry but my awful mother said no.”  IMG_1686

In previous posts I have shared the wonderful BBQs my mom has been throwing these past few years. I’m hoping this year will be a repeat of my birthday party with carnival games but we will see.

 

I have to say that I appreciate my mother more and more every year. We’ve had our ups and downs like any mother/daughter relationship but I am very lucky to have her.

 

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