Yesterday, Facebook was bombarded with posts of friends praising their moms, missing their moms and/or thankful for being a mom. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me to tell my Norm (aka Mom) how much I appreciate her. However, I kept getting pulled away from writing this post to watch my nephew master his Ollie skills (it’s a skateboard trick) and play Farkle, Tenzi or any other card/dice game with my niece.
For the last five days, I have been playing “mom” – going through carpool, attending soccer games (even having to be the snack mom) and really feeling the stresses of driving back and forth dropping kids off and picking them up at various activities! Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I love my niece and nephew and I’m more than happy to do it so my sister could take a much-needed vacation and catch up with her husband while he’s traveling internationally, but it’s exhausting!
So, I say all this out of complete respect for all mother’s out there! It takes a lot of time, patience and most importantly selflessness.
My world has been turned upside down over the last couple of months (I am NOT complaining, it’s from my own-doing), but I couldn’t have done it without my mother who has selflessly given up so much time and energy to help me! My mother who deep-cleaned my house in Jacksonville while I was working, who drove 10-hours to take my stuff up to Richmond, who waited four hours (with no tv) at my new apartment to get internet set up, and my mother who cried as she “left her baby behind“.
For allowing me to hide between your legs as a shy child,
For turning around when I realized halfway to school that I forgot my shoes,
For the countless hours you spent sleeping on the couch with the phone on your chest waiting for me to get home in my teenage years,
For grounding me, only to un-ground me a few hours later because I enjoyed hanging with you and your friends just as much as mine,
For your willingness to always help with Olivia – even at a moments notice,
For supporting me in everything I do, even if you disagree,
And most importantly….thank you for being a great friend, role model and the foundation of the person I am today!
Happy Mother’s Day Norm, I love you!