With Mother’s Day fast approaching this weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a Mom. And when I think about being a good Mom, my mother is the first thing that comes to mind. My Mom is a great example of what it means to overcome life’s obstacles and to always keep your children a priority.
I remember growing up in a chaotic household. My Mom was a single mom with three kids during my early childhood. This meant a lot of late nights at work for my mom. I was a latchkey kid and we spent a lot of dinners eating frozen meals, spaghetti, and tacos. Stuff that was quick and easy. She was always busy trying to provide a good life for her three children.
But on the weekends, that was our time as a family. That was the time we spent playing in the front yard, riding our bikes down the street, or having pool parties in the summer. I remember countless cookouts, movie nights, game nights, and family get-togethers. I also remember many holidays trick-or-treating around the block, spent in our living room gathered around the Christmas tree, and 4th of July fireworks in the backyard.
We had our struggles, but we were a happy little family.
Now that I have become a mother, I look back at those times in awe of the woman who raised me. I know how difficult it can be to raise my little guy. I can’t even begin to imagine life raising three children, all alone. My mom amazes me. Her strength, love, and determination are unprecedented. No matter what life threw her way, she came out the other side stronger than ever before.
But more than anything, my mother never let us realize how hard it was. She always put us first. She always made sure we were not lacking in anything. She always made sure we felt safe, loved, and secure.
She continues to do this to this day. We are all grown adults now, but she still looks after us. She still calls to check in on me and to stay up to date on my life. She still tries to give me everything I could ever want or need. She treats my son, my niece, and my nephews like they are her own. She is always ready to lend an ear, give some great advice, or just be on my side. She recognizes that even grown children still need their Momma’s and she is always a quick phone call away.
My mother is a great example of what being a good mom looks like. She is someone that I look up to. She is a vital part of my life and I can’t imagine it without her. She has now become an integral part of my son’s life and I am happy he has her to call Grandma. I know as time passes, their relationship will only grow. I can’t wait to see the fun times they will have and the love they will share.
So, on Mother’s Day really take some time to think about what the mother figure in your life means to you. And make sure you let her know. As a Mom, I now realize how nice it is to know your efforts are noticed. Trust me, she wants to hear it.