Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th...a time to set the day aside to remember all that our Moms have done for us whether they are still with us on this Earth or watching over us from above. Although I do believe that everyday should be Mother's Day...I mean, think about it, where would you be without your Mom? She was your first teacher. She taught you how to talk, walk and eat. She fed you and took care of you as much as her life would allow. Yes, she was your first educator and she did not, in most cases, have a degree in education, yet she taught you everything she knew... the best she knew how! So, on this day that we set aside to honor our Mothers. I would like to share with you what I have learned from my Mom...
Hmmmm...did I have a chance to thank you for everything you have taught me? I'm really not sure, but I am hoping that I did. Every so often I discover a note from me to you that you tucked away in a small corner of a box or folded neatly in an envelope all torn and brown around the edges...and I can tell through these clippings and saved treasures that you were a gatherer of memories... you saved everything and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g from cards I wrote to you in elementary school to newspaper articles that had a slight mention of my name, report cards...some of which I would rather forget, awards and even a thank you note I wrote to you and dad for my wedding not to mention all the clippings, photos, drawings and treasures from your grandkids. OOPS! There was also the recording of dad singing to you when he was in the service that he sent you in 1940's...see...Mom, these discoveries show me that you loved your family and family was important to you. This was the number one lesson you taught me. I didn't need to find these momentos for me to recognize and feel your love for family...you showed us, through your example and our life's experiences that family was and should be a number one priority!
There are so many values you taught me from your example. You showed me the importance of being kind and loving, to help others, but to also take time for yourself to recharge your batteries...not the car batteries, but your mind and body. One day, as I recall, you said,"Kathy, it does not mean your a bad mom if you leave the kids with a babysitter and take some time for yourself. Get a good book and go have lunch by yourself. It will recharge your batteries!"
You LOVED to dance and you always danced like no one was watching and everyone knows how much I love to dance. You demonstrated the importance of commitment, understanding, empathy, perseverance, working hard to reach your goals and never giving up, doing your best, replacing curse words with phrases like hells bells and Christmas trees (lol) and the list goes on and on and on.
It has been over 20 years since you left this Earth, but I feel your presence everyday! So on this Mother's Day if I could chat with you for just a minute, I would say...thank you for all you taught me and for being YOU! Happy Mother's Day...and as you would say...I love you too much!