I wrote a blog post for work the other day that was featured on our Power of the Home blog but I thought I’d share it here too. Disclaimer: I love my roommates, I only used them as an example because we had recently been joking about me being the “mom of the apartment.” With that said, here goes ::
I’m not a mom. Most people who contribute to this blog know a lot more about parenting than I do because, well, most of them are parents. Sometimes I joke about being the “mom” of my apartment, but reminding my twenty-something year old roommates to turn off the oven and keep the refrigerator clean doesn’t hold a candle to the things my mom has done for me.
Here’s a list of some of those things:
- She birthed me (obvious but still worth noting)
- Stayed home with my brother and me while we were very young although she previously had a career in social work.
- She forgave me for breaking our above ground pool when I was six and fished me out of the bushes when the resulting tidal wave swept me away.
- Drove me to weekly piano and soccer practices
- Loved me through middle school
- Kept my dad calm(ish) when I broke curfew in high school
- Helped me move into my college dorm (although I won’t mention how she and my dad left my dorm and immediately bought a new car)
- Helped me move from California to Texas for graduate school
- Supported my decision to move home a few months later when school didn’t work out
- Encouraged me to move to Nashville, which is farther away than Texas, even though I was unsure of myself and previous decision making abilities
But one of my favorite things about my mom is how she taught me that family is what you make it. We lived in Southern California, hours and states away from blood relatives, but our house was always full of people on holidays. I can recall many times that friends of my brother and mine came to live with us for a few days or weeks because of family issues. I shared my high school graduation party with a friend my mom didn’t even know because she found out his family wasn’t doing anything to celebrate. She loved when I brought friends home from college (I mean like 6 or 7 friends at a time) even when all they did was eat and sleep on the floor for the entire weekend.
My mom, like many moms out there, has an ability to create home wherever she is, whether it is in her second grade classroom or the hotel we inhabit for the week. She makes family out of whoever is close by. I love sharing my mom with my friends and look forward to sharing her with a family of my own someday.
So in honor of your mother, make a list of what she has done for you. It might make you laugh and it might make you cringe (that pool incident was far more terrifying than it sounds), but it will definitely bless you to think of the ways your mom has been, and still is, one of the greatest blessings of your life.