Mother's Day brings flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, and family celebrations. On this sunny Sunday, we recognize the women in our lives who have shaped us to become the people we are today. The older I grow, the more I learn and realize how blessed I am to have the mother I have.
As my student teaching experiences has come to an end on Friday, I can't help but compare my upbringing to some of my students'. Many of them have mothers in jail/addicted to drugs. Some spend their weekends bouncing from one house to the next, spending as much time as they are "allowed" with their family members. Thinking about my childhood and teenaged years, I couldn't imagine not having my mother. I couldn't imagine her not cheering me on at my softball games or baking me cinnamin buns every October 23 for my birthday morning. I couldn't imagine not having her to cry on when I was scared to graduate 8th grade or to take prom pictures with when I was 17. Every moment, our mothers shape us to become who we are.
From my mother, I've learned strength. She has stood by my father when his mother was sick and helped every minute along the way. She's dealt with situations with such strength and bravery that I can only hope to have when I am a mother. (Plus, she can probably do more kettle bell swings than me.)
From my mother, I've learned that women are just as darn good as men. My mom's somewhat spunky attitude has taught me that I can do whatever I want, just as good (if not better) than a man.
From my mother, I've learned love. Watching my parents' love has been a true privilege. I aspire to have the love and beauty in my marriage one day.
From my mother, I've learned to tie my shoes, to stay away from strangers, to make a friend, to bake that saltine caramel chocolate dessert thing, to balance a check book (kind of), and to know right from wrong.
Maybe we don't think of it every day just how lucky we are to have such magnificent women in our lives. Sometimes, life can get the best of us. Sometimes, we fight or become busy or forgetful. But today, let us celebrate the mothers in our lives. Let us recognize their strength and love.
Happy Mother's Day, Mommys, Grandmas, Great-Grandmas, and Aunts!