That’s a picture of my mom holding me not long after she gave birth to me. I can’t believe she got into that tiny dress so soon after childbirth. She told me that she traded in her two-seater sports car for the VW Bug you see in the picture so that she’d have room to cart me around. I guess VW Bugs were the 60s answer to today’s soccer moms’ minivans.
My mom has a milestone birthday this week and I’m not there to celebrate with her so I thought I would dedicate today’s blog post to sharing just a few of the reasons why she's so swell.
- She taught me the difference between asking, “Can I have a cookie?” and “May I have a cookie?” The answer to both questions is yes, but only the second one will land you with an actual cookie. It has to do with ability (being able to open the cookie jar and grab a cookie) vs. permission (making sure your mom will let you have another cookie so close to supper time). I think if she were ever to get a tattoo, it would be of the Oxford comma.
- She instilled a love of reading in me. My sister and I were encouraged to read anything and everything and outings to the library were a regular occurrence growing up.
- Although she’s allergic to eggs, she would still make scrambled eggs for us despite the fact that her eyes would swell up and get itchy from the egg fumes coming up from the pan. On a related note, she’s never had a chocolate chip cookie in her entire life due to the whole egg allergy thing. Wow. I can’t quite imagine life without cookies. Can you?
- She ignored the fact that we fed the cat vegetables under the table. That cat would even eat lima beans which was a good thing because lima beans are disgusting. Hmm. Maybe she never knew about the whole lima bean eating cat thing. Oops. I guess she does now.
- She put up with me during my teenage years. Honestly, how do parents survive teenage girls?
- She taught me to be independent and self-confident. She instilled important values in me including valuing diversity, standing up to intolerance and social responsibility for those who are less fortunate.
- She's got a great sense of humor.
- She supports me in anything I want to do, even crazy things like live on a sailboat.
What's your favorite memory growing up? Did you have swell mom or other swell female figure who was there for you when you were growing up? What made her swell?
Thanks for stopping by our blog - we love it when people come visit! We're also on Facebook - pop by and say hi!