Today I’m thankful for my mom.
Who am I kidding??? I’m thankful for her every single day! How could I not be thankful for one of the people who played a key role in me being me?
Today is her birthday and it’s a great reminder to me to pause and take inventory of all of the reasons I am thankful for her.
First of all, she was pretty awesome in putting aside many of her life plans when this little bundle of joy showed up (pretty sure I had as much hair then as I have now!). The number of sacrifices she made in her own life to take care of me were uncountable. I threw everything off kilter for her, yet at absolutely no point in my life did she ever give me any hint that I was anything but a blessing to her. Even though baby me threw her a pretty serious monkey wrench, she stayed positive and upbeat.
Second, as I grew up I always knew I could accomplish anything. No dream was too big, no idea was too crazy, I could do anything I set my mind too. Why did I think that? My mom has always believed in me and kept telling me from a very early age that I could accomplish anything. She helped me become a dreamer, an optimist, and positive.
When I failed, regardless of what it was or how big of a mistake I made, she always loved me. Even when she found out that I was smoking, as mad as she was she made it clear she was mad because she loves me. No matter the failure, disappointment or whatever, my mom is one of the people that I know will always be there for me.
She always put her family first, and herself last. She sacrificed to make sure we got exactly what we wanted for Christmas. She went out of her way to make sure the holidays were always magical and birthday were memorable. Any day that had some type of significance to one of us was treated like a huge holiday. If there was only so much attention, money, food or whatever to go around she made sure everyone else had what they wanted first.
After those big ones there are so many other things about my mom that I am thankful for. She taught me to have a love of vacations. She taught me what customer service should be like. She taught me how to face adversity. She taught me to be thankful for every moment.
As far as moms go I know there are some great ones, but as far as I’m concerned, I won the Mom Lottery!
Happy Birthday Mom! Thank you for all that you’ve done for me and all the ways that you’ve made me “me.” Love you!