To clarify, I did not forget that Sunday was Mother’s Day. I didn’t post this then because I made my mom a photo collage of these photos that she hadn’t seen yet because she and my dad were in Florida, soaking up the sun and memories while enjoying each others’ company in a way they haven’t gotten to over two decades. So I didn’t want to put them on here and spoil the surprise. Like my mother, I imagine that my greatest fulfillment in life will be my children. Nothing makes her happier than having us both home with her, but I am glad that she and my dad can start a new chapter in their lives that doesn’t revolve around soccer practices and homework and four sets of laundry and dishes. Now they can live a life full of traveling, nights out dancing, trying new restaurants with friends, and evenings of makeshift dinners and movies (apparently what they do quite often).
Even though we will always be your little girls, mom, we are (kind of) grown-ups now. Don’t worry, the life lessons you’ve passed on have thoroughly prepared us for real life.
Just a handful of the things my mother has taught me
- The bigger the cup of coffee, the better.
- Always dance when you feel like it for it is one of life’s greatest joys.
- You should moisturize your neck because that is the first place wrinkles appear.
- Life is too short to worry about the things you can’t change and to not eat good bread and chocolate.
- You can always add your own touches to boxed baking mixes and other pre-prepared foods. No one will know the difference or care and the ones that do shouldn’t matter.
- Don’t burp in front of boys because they will break up with you (so far, this hasn’t been true).
- Children are the future and they are wonderful. Treat them all with care and cherish your own.
I’m so glad to have inherited your sense of humor, your smile, (some of) your patience, your love of writing, and your thoughtfulness. Mom, you are the most beautiful person I know. Not only are you a total babe, but it is a very rare thing to find someone who has an energy for life and a kindness that are so iridescent. Who takes such joy in simple pleasures, but never ceases to dream. Happy Mother’s Day, hippie.
*All of the photo edits were done with A Beautiful Mess App. I recently downloaded it and it is so much fun! A very easy, user-friendly way to add fun touches to photos and create little logos like the one up top.