If you read my previous blog, then you know that I lost my Mother to cancer a few years ago. She was an AMAZING woman. She lived for her kids and family. She always put herself LAST. I wish I could have spoiled her more when she was alive.
My Mother and her many lessons live inside me. I hear her voice whenever I'm having a tough time making a decision. One of her favorite sayings was "nothing in life is worth your health and well being." In other words, if you're stressed about a job or relationship...GET OUT. No one and no amount of money is worth being "sick" over.
One of my favorite stories about her took place while I was on college break. My parents were having a new fridge delivered on a very hot and humid DC day. By the time the delivery men pulled the old fridge out and carried the new fridge in, they were soaked in sweat.
My Mother asked me to offer the guys a cold beverage. The three men requested some Cokes and Sprites. I started to reach for glasses in the cabinet...but my mom quickly rushed over and shut the cabinet door. I initially thought she wanted me to just hand them the cans...but she was upset that I was reaching for our CASUAL glassware. She wanted me to offer them drinks in the glasses we use for dinner GUESTS. The "nice" ones. I loved her for that.
If you're still fortunate to have your mom around this Mother's Day, give her an extra hug from me. Also...take this time to learn everything you can about your own childhood. I wish I had asked my Mother more questions about what I was like as a child. What her experience was like as a first-time Mother.
I'd like to believe that my mom is now one of my guardian angels...and that soon she'll become a great "guardian granny."