I love my momma.
Some of my earliest memories involve my momma. When I was young she had long, brown hair that cascaded down the length of her back. I remember riding in the backseat of her car and passing cassette tapes, like Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell," up to her. I think fondly on all the time she spent as a room mom, a Girl Scout volunteer, a wise parent and an overall tough lady. My mom has been there for me every second of my life since the day I was born.
I consider myself to be very lucky for that.
Now that I've been moved out on my own, I think my relationship with my mother is stronger than ever. I find myself emulating her (intentionally or not) and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. I'm proud. Although I may have questioned things about my mother when I was younger, I know that taking after her now is be the smart thing to do.
When I was a child I could never understand why we hardly spent time with extended family. I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that all of my cousins were together on the holidays, but my family spent time alone. As I got older I began to understand that decision, and I now know it was the right choice for her family. She's always been a fierce protector of us.
If I were to pinpoint the biggest lesson my mother taught me, it would have to be love. My mother taught me how to love through her love of family and animals. And by being at every event, congratulating me on every award, and supporting every decision I have made, she has showed me unconditional love. And she still does that every day to this day.
She has taught me the importance of family and working hard. I think of lessons I've learned from my mother along the way and they definitely shape my decisions and my life. I wouldn't be half the woman I am today if I didn't have such a strong, independent, smart and beautiful woman as my role model for the past 24 years. I don't know who I'd be.
Thank you for everything, momma. Thank you for being able to make the tough choices. Thank you for putting every ounce of you into the love you have for your children and husband. The way you love your family makes me want one of my own even more. I hope that someday I can be half the wife and mother you are. I know I've learned so much just by watching you.
I love you so much, Mom. I hope you always know that.
Happy Mother's Day.