Monday, May 14, 2012

An Ode to Mom

As Mother’s Day nears I, and I’m sure most of you, think about my Mother and all she has done for me. All the sacrifices and sleepless nights. All because she loves me. Because she is a Mother. Don’t get me wrong, I think about her all the time, no matter what time of year it is. I am fortunate enough to have an amazing relationship with my Mom. We live close, see each other often, and talk on the phone at least once a day. She is my best friend as well as my closest confidant. She is my Mother after all. But Mother’s Day is different. It is a special day. One day of the year set aside to honor the women who gave us life. To show our gratitude for the love as well as the lessons, though some were hard learned. So this is for you Mom,. My way of making sure you know just how amazing you truly are. Happy Mother’s Day.

My Mom always tells me how proud she is of me. She lets me know time and time again what a strong, caring, intelligent and witty woman I have grown up to be. Well... All I can say about that is that I am a product of my environment. You set a wonderful example. You showed me the importance of believing in and standing up for your beliefs.Through you I learned how to be strong and roll with the punches. You taught me kindness and generosity,  how rewarding helping others is. And you instilled in me a sense of humor. You showed me it is ok to laugh at yourself. Life is too short and hard to take so seriously. It’s not like anyone gets out alive in the the end, right?

Words alone cannot convey the love and respect I have for my Mother. She is everything to me as well as everything I am. I found a quote by an American poet, Sharon Doubaigo, that I feel perfectly expresses my sentiments to my Mom. “My Mother is a poem I’ll never be able to write, though everything I write is a poem to my Mother.” So make sure you let your Mother know how appreciated she is. Not just on Mother’s Day, but every chance you get. After all... she deserves it for putting up with you. I’m just sayin’.


  1. Im glad you had a good mom some of us werent as lucky. Mine was negative, abusive, completley incapable of true love and affection and as i grew up to find out a fraud and a phoney to the public around for her own self interests. She was not and is still not a mother to this day she has never once said something positive or encouraging to me or D, her hypocritical christian values were also an added cherry on a spoiled sundae. So as i write this i will not feel guilty for saying i dont wish her a happy mothers day. It must been nice having a mother like yours

    1. I have seen your posts on Facebook. Sorry things are so hard right now. I know that I am fortunate. I would not be the person I am without my Mom. I've heard lots of negative from you and D. about her. B ut you have managed to grown into a good Mom and a pretty great person, so don't let her or anyone else ever tell you different.

  2. On one hand, I wish my mom was like yours. On the other hand, I realize that I wouldn't be who I am without that bumpy ride.Every generation in any family has at least one member like Nikki's mom. Moms like mine and hers are often the ones who change the rest of the generations to come. Even if it's just the "I won't do that with/to my kids," phrase used to describe a dysfunctional mom or dad. But not to make excuses, or be an enabler, I'd like to mention mental illness. My mom is bipolar, and shes always manic because she refuses her medicine. At 78, she's still making book cases, and fixing plumbing. She's also living across the street and 4 doors down. So, what started as the bumpy ride of my childhood, has become a theme park. Nikki, some advice from a mom and grandma: when it gets bad, and you encounter a new/old hurt, remember, "It Could Be Worse." Consider all the "worse," and pretty soon you'll feel "Lucky" to have/have had it better.