If I were doing these Thankful Thursday posts in order of importance, this one should have been right up there with my husband.
Today I am thankful for my Mom.
She is the ONE, SINGLE person who has been there for me my ENTIRE life.
She gave up a lot to be my Mommy and I’ve probably never told her that I appreciate it (I appreciate it, Mom).
She busted her ass to get to where she is- and she did a lot of it alone.
She saved, rather than spent. She went without so that I could have the things I wanted and needed.
She taught me the importance of managing my own money and not getting in debt. It’s her fault that I’m frugal.
She is always educating herself with some new skill and has instilled that ethic in me.
She demanded honesty and always encouraged me to do the right thing.
And when I did the wrong thing, she made sure there were consequences.
She always made me work hard so that I could support myself and be independent- and I will, one day.
She is the one who taught me how to give- Yes, B, blame her when I give all of our money away to the homeless, hungry, or sick.
She tried to shelter me from the bad in the world. But when I was old enough to handle it, she let me go without too much fuss- even though it killed her inside.
She always lets me come over when I’m mad at my husband. And she lets me drink her wine and complain loudly until I feel better.
You can thank her for my writing skills and my addiction to reading.
The woman has a way with words, and there wasn’t a paper that I wrote for school that she didn’t edit mercilessly for me. I think I even emailed a few from college asking for input.
And last, but not least, she is an amazing Grams! She was right next to me during labor, even though blood and guts TOTALLY freak her out.
She was the only person to come over and help cook and clean after Bug was born. Everyone else just wanted to hold the baby, but my Mom understood that *I* wanted to hold my baby. And I wanted HER to do the dishes.
When she “babysits” she calls it a sleepover, and never makes it feel like an imposition. Norah loves going to Grams’, it makes her, ” ‘cited!!!”.
And even though B and I decided to elope in St. Lucia this past summer, My Mom was with me via the internet while I got my hair done, did my makeup, and got dressed. And that means the world to me.
Mom, this Thankful Thursday goes out to you! I love you!