Mum’s the Word

I realize that most of the people who read this (that I know) are not mothers themselves. I’m sure, though, that someone has clicked on a link and wound up here and is a mother. So, in case that has happened today…Happy Mother’s Day!

I know I wrote a new post just yesterday but I wanted to put a quick one in today, specially dedicated to my mom. Without further ado:

Reasons My Mom Rocks

  1. She’s had at least five major career changes in her life, doing all sorts of different things. She was a teacher, a real estate agent, she sold computers to the government…It’s encouraging to know that you can always change the path of your life and go into something new and exciting.
  2. Despite working full-time, she took care of my gramma and was always involved in the lives of us kids. She went to every football game, every choir and band concert, every play, every art exhibit. I know that’s not necessarily unique to Mom but it makes me proud none-the-less.
  3. She can clean up puke without getting sick. Honestly, this is the one that most impresses me.
  4. Two years ago, around Halloween time, I had a bunch of projects that I was working on. I was making blankets for gifts for a powwow, I was making a major piece of regalia for a fellow student, I had to make a maid of honor dress for my sister, and I was working on my Po costume for Halloween. My mom knew what my list of projects was and told me my first priority was to finish my Halloween costume and everything else could be finished afterwards. She bragged about the Po costume to all sorts of people.
  5. Last night, I went “Oh! I think I’ll go glue things to my head!” – referring, of course, to the Kowl head that I’m working on. The woman didn’t even bat an eyelash. It never ceases to amaze me how accepting she is of the wacky stuff I make and do.
  6. She makes the best soup in the world. Maggie can vouch for this. Mom’s vegetable soup is like the nectar of the gods. 🙂 She saved my ass at the powwow one year by bringing and serving said vegetable soup for the evening meal. It was the first time we were able to feed everyone in attendance (not just the dancers and head staff) and it turned the evening into a much happier event.
  7. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, my Mom took it upon herself to learn everything she could and became an unofficial educator of sorts. She sent out emails to all the women she knew about the process she was going through so that they would, in turn, not be as scared if they happened to get a similar diagnosis. She went through a mastectomy and five or six rounds of chemotherapy, followed up by radiation. She’s still dealing with the aftereffects of the treatments and still taking medication to make sure it doesn’t come back. Some days are better than others, but through it all she has tried to remain positive and does her best to make sure other women are going out and getting regular mammograms and taking charge of their own health.

Of course, there are many more reasons my Mom rocks, just as there are many reasons why all of your mothers rock. Remember to tell the mothers in your life how important they are, if not everyday, at least today.


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