A Day In The Life

Mommy and Me This has always been one of my favo…
October 3, 2006, 1:39 am
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Mommy and Me

This has always been one of my favorite pictures of my mom and me. It was taken in December of 1975. Mom and Dad were the youth group sponsors at our church and every December we put up the manger scene and a huge cedar tree decorated with lights. These symbols of the season stood on the corner lot of our church next to the highway. We took everything down, packed it away and burned all the dried greenery and the tree in a huge bonfire at our annual church-sponsored New Year’s Eve party.

My mom is a woman of strong faith. She is a living example of loving strength. Mom is a pragmatic woman and has self-discipline that puts me to shame. She has always been the anchor in my life. Mom is my best friend, my closest confidant and the person who can cut me the deepest with just a look. I love her with every fiber of my being.

I am Mom’s oldest child. She tells me that she was just a child when she had me, that she had no idea what she was doing as a young mother and that she never ceases to be amazed at how well I’ve turned out. When I was barely a month old, my dad began to have horrible, terrifying seizures that only occurred when he was sleeping. He was eventually diagnosed with epilepsy. Mom says she spent the first year of my life praying that both her husband and her child would sleep peacefully through the night.

My mom was and still is a tom boy. For some reason, God blessed her with a little girl who refused to wear anything but a dress. Preferably a pink dress with ruffles and a bow tie in the back. Battles were fought over my clothing choices. Who won? Well, my mom has pictures of me taken on a hike to the creek on our farm. I am wearing a lovely striped, sleeveless dress with appropriate hiking shoes. While Mom loved baseball, basketball and camping, her daughter loved dolls, tea sets and her pink bedroom. To this day I am teased by my athletic Mom and siblings about my baseball throwing ability. I throw like a girl…..big time.

Though we have always had some major differences in our likes and dislikes, Mom did manage to leave her mark on me. I inherited her lovely singing voice, her independent spirit, her love of solitude, her love of nature and her frankness among many other things. And as we’ve both grown up together, our differences only serve to complement our relationship. Neither of us is perfect, but that just makes us love each other more.


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I love this post. LOVE IT. What a wonderful celebration of your mom and the relationship between you. You brought me smiles and triggered happy memories of my mom. Thanks!

Comment by Grim Reality Girl

What a wonderful mom story. You are a very lucky lady. Hope you give her lots of hugs! Makes me think of my mom and smile!

Comment by gawilli

sniff sniff – what a wonderful post.

Comment by Karmyn R

Great post!!! I hope she sees this. Mom’s are great!! I was lucky enough to spend some time with my Mom this weekend. That is something that we don’t get to do too often. Living far apart stinks sometimes.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Comment by Julie

I’m jealous (in a good way, of course)

Comment by Pamela

It’s so nice that you and your mom are so close. . .I think I would have been a lot like your mom if I had had a girl. . .That’s why I say every day that God knew what he was doing when he gave me boys. . .:)

Comment by Shauna

Ditto Grim….

“And as we’ve both grown up together, our differences only serve to complement our relationship”

So lovely to see differences as a positive. So often we can be threatened by this, but it’s a beautiful reflection of your adult friendship with your mom to appreciate both your similiarities AND differences.

Again…GREAT post :).

Comment by Robin

That was so sweet! Both of you are lucky to have each other.

I think I am going to call my Mom right now..

Comment by M J

That a lovely mother/daughter story. I love the differences and how you describe them…how funny!

Comment by C.

This is a very touching story. I have wonderful memories of my mom and I think about her every day.
Thanks for stirring up those wonderful memories.

Comment by Swampwitch

Your post reminded me of the Gilmore Girls!

Comment by ElleCharlie

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