Last week, I called my mom in tears. I take on too much! I’m too busy! I cried in her ear for the umpteenth time lately. It’s true I do take on too much. But this is not the point. The point is, like the billions of times I have called her, she never criticized me, lost her cool or judged me for the sometimes crazy decisions I make. Like always, she walked me through the solutions, the good the bad, the pros the con’s and as much as I hated to say she was right… she was. How do moms do that? Like all the time? Why aren’t they the ones calling us, asking us for help or freaking out because things just didn’t go their way that day? I guess I’ll have to wait and see when I’m a mom!
Not a lot of people know this, but my mom is more than just my mom. A few years ago after a Mother & Daughter work trip to Florida for Extreme Makeover Home Edition, my mom saw how much I had on my plate – I was doing it all on my own. Being retired for a few years, she asked if she could manage the business side of things… the finances, the bills, the paperwork (in my opinion the boring stuff)! I was so resistant because I was afraid it would ruin our relationship… but a year later, I swear if I didn’t have her, personally or professionally, I would probably just collapse.
My mom has taught me so much strength, compassion, patience and trust. She’s taught me never to say hate and to ‘take one thing at a time’. I swear I’ve heard her say this to me a million times and I still haven’t mastered it! Lol
My creativity comes from my mom, she taught me how to paint, how to arrange a bouquet of flowers, how to coordinate drapes with throw pillows. My parents, really are my best friends and for that – I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world.
But as we all know, life gets busy and the last few years for me have been more than busy… they’ve been INSANE. I’ve worked my ass off for everything I thought I ever wanted… but lately, all want is more time with them. More time learning how to paint with mom, having a coffee or just watching a movie. This is where ‘watch what you wish for’ comes in real handy. Although I’ve always known it, the last few weeks I’ve committed to making some changes to make this happen. … So this epiphany thingy is young – and although I’ve got a few plans up my sleeve, I’m not entirely sure how I am going to start doing less… but as a start – I thought I’d get together with my mom like the good old days, pull out our aprons and spend some quality time together in my kitchen!
So from my mama and I to you, Happy Mother’s Day… hold your mama tight and bake some cookies!