Mother’s Day is both a very hard day and a very special day for me. It’s a hard day because I lost my mom to breast cancer 20 years ago this July. She was only 70 years young and I was only 35 years old - from my perspective, way too young for her and for me. You see my mom was always my best friend. I could not only tell her anything, she always knew the right thing to say. I was truly blessed to have been raised by a woman who, even though I am only 4’9” tall, raised me to be a very tall, confident woman.
She taught me how to dream and how I can do anything I set my mind to. She taught me to set goals and do what is needed to reach those goals. And she did it most times very subtly. She was the perfect example of unconditional love. She was kind, compassionate, never had a harsh word for anyone, always smiled and never complained…even throughout her 15 year illness journey. So I miss her terribly, especially on Mother’s Day.
I also really love Mother’s Day, because 34 years ago I was blessed with my daughter. Raising her as a single mom, we grew up together. It wasn’t always easy, as I missed out on a lot as I climbed the corporate ladder, but we have a relationship like none other – another best friend. I have watched her grow and blossom into a beautiful, confident woman and phenomenal mother.
Now, the best part of Mother’s Day is being a Nanie (aka grandma). I love being silly, playing make-believe, climbing the 4 story jungle gyms, going to the theater, planting in the garden and so much more.
One of my favorite things to do is what I call Nanie days…where we get to spend an entire day together. We go to breakfast, the museum or zoo, shopping…a full day and night. This is the time I get to teach them what my mom taught me and what I have learned.
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