In honor of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, we’re going to do a little bragging on the ladies who have shaped our lives as women, wives and mamas. Katie kicks things off with a little note to Grandmeg!
Last year, I became a mama for the first time. It has already proven to be the beginning of a grand adventure, including some of my most challenging moments as well as my most triumphant ones. Often I think back and wonder about my own mama’s experience as she went through these stages with my brother and me. It’s almost hard to believe that I was her little baby! She feels more like a sister now. But from my childhood, all the way up to this Mother’s Day, my mom has proven to be one of the most caring, selfless, and honorable people that I know!
As a stay-at-home mama herself, my mom set an amazing example by loving my dad so well! My dad would get home after working so hard all day, and he had the freedom to completely relax because she so willingly served him and made sure that he was comfortable. (Which she still does!)
I remember through the drama of middle school, Mom patiently listened to my turmoil of confusing friendships. One particular time comes to mind, I don’t even remember what was causing my distress, but I was just a puddle of sobs. She made a bubble bath for me and quietly stroked my hair. That’s all I really needed.
And there was another time, when I was haphazardly invited to join a group at the community swimming pool as a freshman. (Being a freshman in high school might be even tougher than middle school. You’re still going through that early teen awkwardness, but you’re surrounded by older, cooler people.) Anyway, I sort of wanted to go, but I was a bit scared, too. When I got there, I didn’t feel comfortable joining the group that I was unfamiliar with, but I still wanted to get in the pool. So Mom parked the car and hung out in the pool with me. Reflecting on this memory, I think the most meaningful part is that she was the kind of mom that I wanted to hang out with in the pool!
Now I get to see her in a new, brilliant light, being my baby’s Grandmeg! She’s so patiently been available to help me, listen, wash bottles, change diapers, and spoil my son just enough.
This Mother’s Day, Mom, I have an even greater respect for you, and my love for you continues to grow. Thank you for showing me how to be a caring wife and a patient mother. I hope to be as selfless and considerate as you are. I love you!