Mar. 5th, 2017

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Today is one of those milestone birthdays for my mom.

If you were to look up unselfish in the dictionary, you might find a picture of my mom there as an example. She is one of the most unselfish people I know. She is kind and giving in so many ways.

As a child if I needed her, I knew that she would be there for me. As a young adult, she stood by my side and let me live my life but was there when I screwed up with the help I needed to get to the next point in my life. She has supported me in so many ways.

She made sacrifices for her family so that we could be our best selves. She took the time to spend with us and get to know us as we grew up.

I can remember as a child after seeing the Wizard of Oz for the first time, she made me a flying monkey vest and wings that I put on and proceeded to hop from place to place trying to fly. I was obsessed with those monkeys but she took the trying to fly in stride and asked me not to break my bed please with all the jumping.

I remember the look on her face after I fell from some scaffolding while hanging lights for a show I was working on at Emory. I also remember how white her knuckles looked as she clutched her purse strap. She went to the emergency room with me and took care of me at home making sure that the lump on my head was not a concussion.

I remember her talking softly to my brothers and sister as she nursed them. She had a rocking chair that she still has that she used when she feed us. She knew how to sooth a fussy baby and proved that she still had that skill with each of her grandchildren.

She has always been there for us. She loves us and we know we are loved.

Having a child of my own just clarified for me how much she did do for me as I grew up. She is my shining example of how to be a good parent. If I hit something that I am not sure how to respond to my child, I think first what would Mom do and go from there.

She is retired from teaching but still helps out at Emory. She is part of a group that takes medical supplies that have had just a few pieces taken of the pack and repacks them for places that need these supplies desperately. She worked as a Master Gardener and answers peoples questions about plants and the like. She serves her church in many ways. I think she has been doing the church linens for over 30 years now and has clever ways to getting red wine out of white cloth.

I have friends who think of her as a second mom. She has helped them in so many ways over the years.

I feel very blessed that my mother is my mother. I love her with all my heart.

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope the day brings you lots of lovely things.

I am so very grateful to have my mother in my life.

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