Moeder, Ahm, Maman, Madre...Mom

This blog has been in my head for quite some time now, but I have lacked all of the vocabulary to even put it out there.  I don't know that I have necessarily acquired it now, but it certainly feels overdue in the writing so I will attempt to muddle my way through.  Bear with me. 

Today is that magical day when we spend entirely too little time honoring all of those incredible women that answer to mom.  They come in all shapes and sizes, all cultures and traditions, and all have the exact same thing in common; an unimaginable capacity to love, nurture, heal, and have their hearts walking around outside of themselves everyday.  While I have not actually given birth, I absolutely count myself among them.  I raised a cousin of mine for a few years here (those dreaded teenage years) and have taught and worked with kids my entire life.  It took me aback me when I really learned that no man would ever break my heart or touch my soul the way all of my kids have.  There is a special place reserved only for that and it is sacred, hallowed ground indeed. 

While we give them all lovely presents on this special day, it is really the assessment of the gifts that my mother has given me that is amazing.  I am in awe of her constantly.  She has been an inspiration to me all of my life.  Her love has gotten me through some dark, dark times.  Her fire and ambition have taught me that I am my own woman and should take pride in my vocation and strive to be more and serve more daily in my pursuit of success.  Her discipline taught me that even though I think I am the princess, no one else does and I better get on board and carry my own load.  Her marriage has been the real life road map for the reality of relationships and that they are hard work, rarely a fairy tale (though there may be fairy tale moments), full of compromise, and always worth the journey when you are in it together.  Her loyalty has humbled me and taught me to be a better friend/sister/girlfriend (there is real power in who is in your corner).  Her sense of fun and adventure has given me the gift of a passion for travel that I am only just beginning to explore.  Her independence has shown me that a woman doesn't need a man, she chooses to be with him and that is much more significant that needing him. 

She also taught me really important things like that champagne and vodka must both be served ice cold,  that good hotels are one of life's great pleasures, that chocolate makes up for a multitude of sins, and that you actually CAN do your nails on the way out the door and not mess them up, although it is going to require patience and assistance from your date.  You know, the REALLY important stuff.

Some of my very favorite memories are with mom and my sis and I wouldn't trade them for all of the jewels in the world.  We laugh until we cry and no one gets me the way that they do.  They are my heart and soul and I would not be the woman I am today without their love and support.  So a great big shout out to all of those lovely strong women that are doing the most important job in the world and making it look good!  Love to you all from one of your greatest admirers!!  XOXO  


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  1. Terrific picture. If I remember correctly, Sammie doesn't like camping in the cold...

  2. You are correct "Anonymous". You obviously know her.