Happy Mother’s Day!
I love my mom, and I know this sounds cheesy, but she is fearless, brave, and strong in ways I haven’t yet experienced. To recognize how much I love my mom on this day of mom-indulgence and mom-happiness, I wrote down twenty two things I’m grateful for during the twenty two years my mom has been a mom.
My mom maintains a stunning garden, and she’s not ashamed to tell you how proud she is of it. She’s even taken on the back-breaking project of tearing up half the lawn to create a bed of pebbles and grass, and to be honest, I had no faith in its final outcome. But surprise, surprise, my mom was right – it looks pretty good despite only being a quarter of the way complete.
As a small part of her Mother’s Day gift, included in this post are some pictures of her gardening efforts. The transient nature of flowers and plants is a part of the beauty, but memorializing the first blooms of Spring 2017 is a small undertaking I hope my mom enjoys.
22 Things I’m Grateful For During the 22 Years My Mom Has Been a Mom
- Carrying her burdens silently, even though she shouldn’t
- Self-sacrificing herself every day, especially when she drove me to figure skating practice at 6:00 in the morning, 4:00 in the afternoon, and again at 7:00 in the evening, and still making time to ensure we had everything we needed
- Never embellishing my accomplishments or downplaying my failures, but approaching learning in a meaningful and constructive way
- Taking walks together
- Cooking pasta for me on the days she knows our family is cooking food my brother and I won’t enjoy
- Driving me literally everywhere. It doesn’t matter how far or when – she’s always there to make sure I’m home safe
- Telling me to carry bear spray to highly populated hiking trails (I still think it’s unnecessary to bring bear spray to a hiking trail with 150+ people, mom)
- Being present in my life, and constantly telling me her thoughts and offering her advice
- Teaching me how to do my laundry
- Indulging in a ridiculous amount of tv binge-watching, and recently starting on the series Fresh Blood (my mom’s watched some episodes three times over already)
- Accepting my obsession with food, and tagging along to a bunch of random restaurants I found online
- Guiding me through late night talks, hugs, and a few tear-stained pillows
- Sending me random pictures of my dog while I’m away from home
- Gardening like a maniac, and making our home garden the prettiest in the neighbourhood
- Walking me through my banking and tax information because who knows what I would do if I didn’t have her with me
- Reading every single one of my blog posts
- Trying to create an Instagram account just so she can follow my @fung.shui Instagram account, and failing, but trying anyway
- Supporting my creative writing and blogging adventures, and my brother’s music adventures
- The way we both roll our eyes the same way, and “tut” the same way when we’re annoyed
- Having the same shoe size
- How she’s right about most things in life even when I don’t want her to be
- Being my mom