I mean it when I say I learned everything from my parents. They have taught me how to live an honest, meaningful and fulfilling life. I would be so lost without their constant guidance and support in (almost) everything I do
I remember being an extremely shy girl growing up (my oh my, has that changed). When my mother introduced me to new people, I would cling onto her leg like a koala hugging a tree. Even so, whenever I was around her, I knew that I was safe. There are so many reasons that mothers deserve a long hug, ‘thank you’ and special treatment every day, but for this post, I chose five reasons that were most relevant to my mother.
She loved you throughout the awkward middle school years
If you were anything like I was as a 7th grader, your mom deserves an infinite amount of flowers and cosmos for listening to all the petty drama you were involved in. Everyday I would come home with another complaint about the typical middle school BS, including boys, friends and the stresses of getting my braces tightened. I don’t know how she put up with it, but she was there for me even when she knew I was wrong. She is a professional devil’s advocate, and although it sometimes annoyed me, she showed me that taking a step back from the situation and looking at things from the other side is one of the most valuable techniques in life. Side note: shout out to my mom for never questioning my interesting clothing choices… although on second thought, I wish you did and these pictures would not be as embarrassing.
She sees the good in everything and everyone
My mom is way too good at this. She is the most optimistic and positive woman who I have ever had the privilege to know. I, on the other hand, am a natural pessimist. I almost always assume the worst, so I don’t end up disappointed. However, after years of watching her turn unfortunate circumstances into practical life lessons, I can say I am starting to adopt a more favorable outlook on things. She’s shown me how critical it is to maintain a “can do” mentality through rough times and learn to accept that not everything is going to happen as you’d like it to.
I have never heard her say a hurtful or mean comment about anyone. Even when people have wronged her. That is an extremely impressive skill that I wish I could adopt from her.
She will always make you the center of her world
I guarantee that from the time your mom knew she was pregnant with you, she started making decisions that would give you the greatest life possible. Whether it was quitting her job to take care of you, taking on another job to support you, or something as simple as starting a healthier diet (not my mama, she loves her Hostess Cupcakes), she will always act in your best interest.
She would drop everything in a heartbeat if it meant making you feel better
It’s no surprise when I say this past year hasn’t been the easiest for me. There were times at school when I wanted so desperately to be in the comfort of my own home that I would burst into tears (did I say I was emotional???). I recall once instance in which I called my mom, upset and homesick, and without hesitation, she suggested that I book a flight home that same night. The moment I stepped off the plane and saw her smile beaming at me, I knew that everything was going to be okay.
She does whatever she can to make you the best version of yourself
I can say with 100% confidence that if every human on earth was as genuine, tender-hearted and creative as my mom is, the world would be an exceptional place. Now I know that this will never be the case but with her around, I know that I wouldn’t change a thing about my world. She has shown me that in order to become a better person, one must see the good in every situation and be thankful for each day upon this earth.
All in all, I thank God every single day for blessing me with the most incredible gift I could have ever imagined: the relationship I have with my mother. I am so lucky to have found my best friend, therapist, role model, photographer, party planner in one person, my mom. I hope and pray that when I have a baby girl, she’ll have as much love for me as I do for my mom! Happy Mother’s Day mama, I love you so much.