Yesterday, being Mother’s Day here in the USA, was a time for sharing memories and reflecting on my relationship with my mother. I thought I’d share some of the things I am thankful for in that role for this week’s TToT.
This is a photo of my Mom when she was young. She departed this world twenty three years ago, and in my mind I remember her as she was at that time, a silver-haired grandma of 67. I sometimes forget how beautiful she was.
I am thankful that my mother put being a mom first in her life. Meeting our needs always came before anything else, and we were well cared for.
I am thankful that Mom infused a love of reading in my life by reading to us from the time we were old enough to sit in her lap and turn pages in a story book.
I am thankful that Mom taught us good manners, right from wrong, and how to keep spotlessly clean house – a lesson that I never really took to heart. 🙂
I am thankful that Mom taught us to take pride in our appearance, to always be clean and neat, and dress well. I can remember admiring her as a child as I watched her do her hair, and put on make-up, nice clothes and jewelry for an evening out with Dad.
I am thankful that Mom was a good cook (much better than I am), and always had great meals on the table, even though she sometimes wasn’t feeling well. I miss her Sunday dinners so much!
I am thankful that Mom taught us to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and that it didn’t require a lot of spending, just effort and love. We were always made to feel special on our birthdays and I was much older before i realized that not all children were that blessed.
I am thankful that I was usually the one being her helper where there were projects to be done. She taught me to take on things, and since she was a perfectionist, to make an effort to do them well.
I am thankful for the memories of my mom’s beautiful handwriting and the long handwritten letters she sent when we were grown, even when her fingers were ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis. I often think of how she would have loved texting, instant photo sharing, and unlimited long-distance calls. (My father limited her to seven minutes per daughter per week to keep the phone bill in line.)
I am thankful for Mom’s love of flowers, especially the moss roses that her mother also loved, and of all things pink. Now when I see anything pink, I think of Mom. ❤
I am thankful for her pride in her daughters, her love for her grandchildren, her courage, determination, and her friendliness to everyone she met.
I am thankful that, although our relationship was sometimes rocky (I wasn’t an easy kid to raise or an easy adult for her to understand), I always knew beyond a doubt that I was loved.
My mother did not have an easy life as a child or in her role as a wife and mother. She dealt with many issues that I have only come to understand more fully as I’ve aged myself. I wish she could have stayed here longer, there are so many things I would like to be able talk with her about now.
I am so thankful for the mom God gave me; she wasn’t perfect, nor am I, but she was truly one of the best!
Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!
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