Today I am thinking about my mother, who makes the best: chocolate chip bars, chicken salad, egg rolls, chicken-broccoli-cheese casserole, toast, grilled cheese, French toast, soup of any kind, and you know? She just does it better, whatever it is.
My mom always liked it when we were weird. Instead of telling me to go change, she would take pictures and chuckle to herself before I left the house in slip-dresses, combat boots, tube socks, holy sweaters, ridiculous hats, satin gloves, whatever else... When I came home with a shaved head, every time, instead of grounding me or lecturing me she'd say, "Well you can thank me for that beautifully shaped head!" When, at fifteen, my boyfriend was full of tattoos and piercings and crayon red hair, she said, "I know that the clean-cut boys can be the worst of all." I remember that conversation well.
She's a cool lady and artist and I hope she's having a good day today!
I'm also thinking of all those other mothers in my life today who all had their part in getting me here. Ladies, thank you!!! Grandmas, step-moms, in-laws, mothers of friends! You are awesome.
I'm thinking of all the people who are missing their moms today.
I'm thinking of all the mothers who are missing their children today.
I'm thinking of all the wonderful women I know who are discovering themselves as mothers.
I'm thinking of all the mothers who aren't yet mothers and hoping...
I'm thinking of my kids, and rejoicing in their presence in my life. I really needed them even though I didn't know it! They have given a depth to every emotion I did not fully understand until the day I became a mother.
Today I am thankful for the mother I have and I'm thankful for the children whose mother I am, and I'm thankful for the amazing husband who made me a mother!
I love you all!
Happy Mother's Day!