“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a solider, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become pope the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso,” Explained Pablo Picasso.
Whether it was changing my diaper, wiping my tears after a bad breakup, or daily phone calls or text messages when I lived in another state my mother has never failed me once. She is not only my mom, but one of my best friends and genuinely one of the most caring people I have ever met. My mom is a special education teacher and volunteers to teach CCD to kids with disabilities on Saturdays. She went to every one of my dance recitals and my brother’s football games. She is no superhero, she has no cape and no fans that draw her in comic books that will lay on kid’s floors. She carries bags of groceries and walks as high as her heels, she is a number one fan and the support system for her kids. My mom can hold a conversation for as long as she can breathe in oxygen and she can schedule her day to be so busy that by the time she gets home, she goes to sleep and does it all again tomorrow. Over the past 19+ years my mother has taught me many things. Here are 30 things my mom taught me that I am most appreciative of:
- You can never say “thank you” too many times.
- Forgiveness not only helps the person who apologized, but helps you feel weightless.
- When you need to apologize, show it with actions that accompany your words.
- Know that you can literally do anything you want.
- You only can go as far as you let yourself go.
- Marry your best friend.
- Helping those less fortunate, makes you a happier person.
- Don’t live for anybody but yourself.
- Tea is always the right answer.
- Eat your vegetables.
- When you love someone, tell them all the time.
- Boys are naive and men are dumb.
- Girls are annoying and women are complicated.
- Communication is key.
- There is no such thing as too many pictures.
- Bugs are scary, get a man to rid them for you.
- Drink water. All. The. Time.
- Read books.
- Your parents are usually right. (Hey mom, I said usually)
- Listening to someone is sometimes more important then giving feedback.
- When you have a daughter, remind her how wonderful she is.
- Negativity is a mindset you control- choose to be happy.
- Its okay to cry.
- It is perfectly acceptable to pamper yourself.
- Eat what you want, when you want to – but keep your body healthy while doing it.
- Take a deep breath.
- Close your eyes.
- Your head should be held high.
- Back should be up straight.
- Love the person in the mirror.
So, send this to your mom as a thank you for her being your best friend, companion, or therapist.
To the moon & back mom,