Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My mom

Well, it's nearly Mother's day. As part of my commitment to tell my family members that I love them...this section is all about my mom.
My mom is not like any mother I have ever known. I actually never really noticed all that she did until one of my friends came to stay with us while I was a senior in high school. After staying with us two days my friend asked me, "When does your mom sleep?" I asked her what she was talking about. She told me that she had gone to bed after midnight, and my mom was still up doing laundry (I didn't know that because I was sleeping) and we had to get up at around 5:30 to catch the bus, and mom was up getting things ready for us.
Thats how my mom is. She is the anonymous giver of service. I remember as a kid standing in line in the grocery store while my mom talked to a lady standing in line like she was a long lost friend. After we left I remember asking "Who was that?" and my mom said "I don't know."
She is just like that. She can talk to ANYBODY! I always admired that about her. More recently, my mom has become the caregiver of my elderly grandma. She still watches my kids for me, takes care of grandma, and she still has kids living at home. She is amazing. More than that. Through her love and service, she has helped to make all of us better people. My mom still works full time, but she does it from home so that she can care for my grandma. That says a lot about her right there. I think a huge problem in our society is that so many people are willing to just dump their elderly family members in a nursing home. It has really been a blessing to all of us kids to be able to spend more time with grandma, in what I'm sure are the latter years of her life. (she's 90)
I look up to my mom so much. In my eyes, she is really the perfect mother. I was a bratty, bratty teenager. When I was 12 I thought that it was really the thing to be rebellious. It is because of how my mom handled that whole situation that I am the person that I am today. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude, and I definately don't tell her enough, but I love you mom!

(author's note: Due to the lack of nice pictures of my mom...I have opted to post a picture of a flower rather than a bad picture)


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Mimi said...

This is so sweet. I wish that I could say those things about my mom but things were just different... don't get me wrong I do love her. But, I have tried so very hard to be that kind of mother to my children. I don't know if you listened to Alex's interview portion of the pageant the other night but, it brought tears to my eyes when they mentioned on her fact sheet that her mother was her inspiration for everything, could she tell why? And her answer about how I had survived cancer three times and have a heart condition and yet I didn't complain but pushed right thru it and thought of everyone else before myself... I was astonished... I never knew she thought of me as such an inspiration. It was a real warm fuzzy moment for me! :)
I hope your mom reads this and sees how wonderful you are... it does a mom good to hear how their kids feel... I know that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful compliment Lauralee. I love you and your family more than you will ever know. I hope you have a great Mother's day. Your two little boys are so sweet! Just little darlings!!

Love Mom