When I look back at my childhood, I never realized how precious those times were having my mother in my life. She sacrificed so much for my two older sisters and me just so we could have all that life has to offer. She has been through my terrible 2’s, played the tooth fairy, came on every field trip, volunteered in (every) school, helped me with homework, drove me around, and literally carried me when I could not walk before my first back surgery. She has watched me grow and has supported me as I learned about the world, and has always been there to pick up the pieces when life would seem very confusing and tough. My mom was and is my biggest fan. Growing up a competitive swimmer, she was at every swim meet, I mean every one, cheering me on. I remember looking up to the stands and before each race she would give two thumbs up and mouth, “be tough, Steph”. When I look back at it now, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
There was a time during my teenage years that I thought I did not need her, I thought I knew everything! Did I want to listen to her advice? No. Did I want her to be at every social event? No. Did I think she was strict? Yes. My mom was and is someone that knows what is going on at all times. She just knows. One time, in high school, I fibbed and said I was going to a birthday party- she knew it wasn’t that type of party. While at the party, I hear, “where is Stephanie?”- next thing you know I am being dragged out of this “birthday party”. As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough- she was wearing those sweat suits that makes noise when you walk. SWISH SWISH. We then got in the car and she told me she knew it wasn’t a birthday party because I didn’t bring a gift. At that time I thought my mom was quite possibly the most annoying person I knew; but looking back it now, she was and is the smartest woman I know, and I would not have wanted it any other way.
See, as we get into being young adults, we start to realize how precious moms are. That we couldn’t imagine life without them. We start to realize that moms are our true role models and they have your back no matter what. My mom and I meet every week and have lunch. We talk, I vent, she gives me advice, and we laugh. Laughing with my mom - the most amazing feeling in the world. She has been so supportive and has been my cheerleader throughout my career change. She believes in me, she is proud of me – which even as an adult, is the best feeling in the world.
I love seeing how she enjoys life with my dad and life as a Grandma (Mima) to my five nieces and nephews. She has the same love and compassion that she did when I was their age. She also gives them many more snacks and treats than we were even given as kids!! The joy in her eyes as she is watching her grandchild grow is so nice to see because it is almost like watching myself grow up through them. I can see with my own eyes how much this woman loves, cares, supports, and respects her grandchildren.
I appreciate everything my mom is. She is my mentor, my best friend, my sounding board, and my cheering squad. She does everything and anything for me without even hesitating for a second. In her eyes, I will always be her little girl…
So whatever our relationships are with our moms – or even if we talk to her as an angel in heaven – I know I appreciate her in more ways than you can imagine. I am truly blessed.