I love my mom. She's a wonderful lady and has been my best friend my entire life. When the girls in middle school weren't nice to my first real heart break, she has been my rock.
I keep thinking about my future and that one day I might be a mom. It makes me so extremely frightened and nervous. I want to be like mom and have my kids turn out like me. (I was sort of a perfect kid).
As a daughter, there are some things that you learn from your mom (whether if you wanted to or not). Thankfully, I don't mind the things I've learned from my mom.
1. Talk to people in the grocery store check out line
She never fails to somehow get the lady in the check out line to cry. Something about her counseling senstivity makes people gravitate towards her and spill their guts. As a little kid up until today, I have picked up the habit of being interested about the strangers around me. If you can fix their bad day, well by golly do it!
2. Organization and cleanliness
My mom is a very organized and tidy woman. From bills, to the house to the calender in her brain, she has always been organized and has kept an extremly clean home. Now that I have moved in to my own place, I can already feel it in my bones that I've adopted her habits.
|our new open shelves|
3. Have a glass of wine
I remember having tiny glasses of white wine when I was a teenager with my mom in the kitchen. We would chat about eachothers day and talk about our plans for the weekend. I didn't really like the wine, but I loved the idea of having that special moment with her. We still have those chats whenever I come home. I couldn't ask for anything more than sharing those glasses of wine with her.
4. Plant a garden and flowers
Along with a tidy organized house, she has always made whatever house we lived in flowing with flowers. Every early spring, I remember sitting in the cart or being dragged along to the nursery for more flowers. Roses, gardenia, herbs, vegetables...she does it all and our house is always colorful.
5. Be honest
Honesty is so important and my mom has taught me to have it. "Don't beat around the bush", she always told me. I love her for it, because I am one of those honest people that sometimes people dislike because they don't want the honesty.
6. Think about others
My mom has always had a huge heart. Her love of people has been passed down to me. Older folks that are lonely, little kids that need assistance, general people that just need a little help...She is constantly finding a way to help and think about others. I love this part about my mom and hope to follow in her footsteps.
7. Be healthy
My mom is naturally thin and fit. She walks over 4 miles everyday and keeps her diet balanced and healthy. I have developed the same attitude towards a healthy life style and am thankful to have an incredible model as my mom.
8. Drink strong black French roast
From the moment I could smell, my parents have brewed large pots of French roast and always managed to drink at least 3 cups each. When I turned 16, my love of coffee was in full swing but no coffee could match French roast. I think it's my memory that only allows me to love Starbucks French Roast, because there's something special about it and I prefer it over anything else. Of course I drink it black just like them.
My mom has taught me so many wonderful life virtues. I couldn't ask for a better mum.
I wish I could be home to spend the day with you and go to our annual Mother's Day brunch.
I'll be thinking about you ALL day.
I love you mom :) Happy Mother's Day