Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
I’m sure there are plenty people out there who would argue that their moms are the best on the planet. I can assure you they are wrong. The reason I know this, is because my very own mother has got to be the best. For those of you who have met my mom, know that this is the truth.
I am the baby of five children, and it was no easy feat raising each of us to be non-screw ups. No really–it’s not luck, it’s a skill and a pure tribute to my mother’s unwavering love and guidance. She didn’t just throw us in daycare and hope the school system would “raise” us to be decent people. She poured her entire being into each one of us, and our characters reflect it. My siblings and I have been very fortunate our whole lives. We may have been spoiled as far as getting all that we deserved, but we were also spoiled in having a mother who actually wanted nothing more than to spend her time with us–teaching us, playing with us & sharing her stories. Some of my fondest memories as a child are the evenings sitting around the kitchen table long after dinner was finished simply listening to my mom share stories from her life growing up. She’s seriously led the coolest life!
My mom was the baby, too. She was also the baby of her class. Having a late September birthday, she was just about a year or so younger than most of her class. She graduated HS at 16 and went to work immediately in Manhattan at Dun & Bradstreet. I really hope some day I can preserve her stories. They are the kind of stories that teach you to live the life you’re given to the fullest.
My mom wears many hats.
She is first and foremost a mother. She makes that her priority always. We always joke that our phone calls are always greeted with “what’s wrong” especially my brother, Brian’s. But it’s a true testament to her never ending worry for us. It doesn’t matter that we are all grown, the worry never fades. It’s actually very sweet.
She is the worlds best Grandma, too. Now–I don’t have children of my own yet, but I watch her spoil the grandchildren in our family to no end–and she loves every second of it! That’s all she wants to be–Grandma! She’s even a great Grandma to my little kitty, Webster!
Not only has my mother successfully raised five children, she has also managed to work most of her life. There was even a point when she was working two jobs, actively volunteering at our church, playing good Samaritan to everyone she met, and mothering her children. She is actually superwoman.
My mother is the most talented organizer you’ll ever meet. I know that seems like a bizarre “talent” to have, but her ability is seriously a talent. She coordinates all of our family trips, parties, even our weddings! Who needs a wedding planner when you have the Excel queen for a mother? It’s so much fun to watch her get caught up in all the aspects of whatever event she is planning. She really takes “detail oriented” to a whole new level!
Mom has always kept our family a tight unit. Again, for those of you who know me well, know my family isn’t an easy one to herd or tame. She manages time after time to get us all together and show us a good time! She has taught all of us to welcome people with open arms at all times. She is always the first to say “the more the merrier” and happy to give them a place to stay. And when she gives someone a place to stay, it isn’t just a bed & a shower. She’ll cook them meals & actually looks forward to spending time with them, no matter how many other things she has on her plate at the time. She is the epitome of a people person.