My mother has been enjoying and taking part in the motherhood sorority for years and years. Forty-four years to be exact. That’s how old my brother is.
My mother is a woman of many words, but ironically, the most important lessons she taught me came from her actions and not her words, whether she realizes it or not.
I’ve always considered my mom out of the box. She has a zesty and contagious energy that is uniquely her.
I don’t ever recall a moment where she was faced with a challenge that she wasn’t able to overcome or at least make a full-hearted attempt to.
Over my life I’ve watched her serve and take care of others to the point of exhaustion time and time again. Idleness does not suit her.
My father taught me how to swim, but it was my mother who showed me that it’s okay to try the deep end.
She didn’t sit me down and teach me about parenting, but she did teach me to trust my instincts.
She taught me that to be the best mom possible, I have to be true to the core about who I am and what I believe.
At times I may feel run down, exhausted or worried, but I have never doubted myself as a good mom.
I owe all of my confidence in motherhood to the example that I had before me – my mother.
She raised me. That is something I got to experience first hand. But then I was given the unique experience of watching her way of raising babies from the passenger seat as she has helped raise my two nephews for the last 12 years.
She may not have sat me down and told me how to be a good mom, or how to be a confident mom, but she didn’t need to. She taught me everything I know about being a mother by being the best example possible.
A journey that would normally be scary – motherhood, that is – feels so incredibly natural to me. I was raised by an amazing mother, and I owe her so much for instilling this confidence in me as I make my way through motherhood.
Today is her birthday. So I wanted to tell her how much of an impact she has had on me. I don’t tell her mushy things very often – I’m not a very mushy person – but I thought it was important to tell her how much of an impression she has made on me, and thank you, for everything.
Happy birthday, to the best mom I could have ever asked for! I hope that I can be half of the mother that you are. Thank you for choosing me as your daughter 🙂