My mom is awesome. My mom is the best mom in the world and my experience of the world has proven time and time again that that statement is true.
Mom is not without her insecurities. This post is to prove to her that the world has proven, time and time again, that her insecurities are lies to herself, just like it has proven to me that she is the best.
1. She doesn’t believe she is beautiful.
C’mon, Mom, how very many people in your life have told you you are beautiful? How many people have told other people you know that “Kay is beautiful”? If third parties are saying it then you know it is true! Also, how many guys have flirted with you (whether you realized it or not) and/or asked you out on dates in your life? Lots! You are gorgeous.
2. She doesn’t think she is smart.
I don’t have the foggiest idea why she thinks this. No one has ever accused her of it. Her belief of it has made her hesitate and have anxiety over things she didn’t have to. Mom, there are so many ways to prove you are so much more intelligent and capable than you think. The first proof that comes to mind is all those times you were at work and your coworkers came to you for help, all those times you taught your peers how to do the job! All those times you corrected other’s mistakes. All the times the people you knew told you you could go back to college and get your M.D. if you wanted. You be smarts, yo.
3. She doesn’t think she has any artistic/crafty/decorative/clothing style.
She does. She has them all. She is a calligrapher (amateur but does it beautifully), she decorates beautifully for the holidays. She crochets, quilts, sews. She makes these blankets that have become so popular she gets so many requests for them that her order list is full months in advance. She has a wonderful style for clothing that suits her wonderful personality just perfectly. When she sends cards or writes little notes she has a signature smiley face she does, it’s nothing that would win any awards, but everyone who has ever gotten one or more smiley from her knows it’s hers by it’s uniqueness. It’s a Mom smiley and it means the world to me, it fills my heart with love to see it. Now, that’s style.
4. Sometimes she thinks she is/was a bad parent.
This is something every good parent has thought at some point. But Mom, my mom, has no right or reason to think it. She always was and still is the best mom, ever. She raised 7 kids while working full-time, then buried a husband and continued raising her youngest two (who are both type 1 diabetics) alone. Even after all her kids are grown and have lives of their own, they keep coming back to this day, because we know Mommy will always be there for us. Even more proof: virtually all of her kids kept hounding her to move to town; we were worried about her living in the mountains, we worried about her driving up and down that mountain in bad weather. We wouldn’t do that if we didn’t value and love her as our matriarch. Even more, all our lives all of us kids argued over who would get to have mom live with us when she wanted to stop being totally independent. The second to youngest of us won. Even more proof: So many of our distant family and friends tell us we have the best mom, ever; “I wish she was my mom” they say.
So, yeah, I have the best mom in the world.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. You are loved and cherished by so many more people than you think or could imagine. Remember that.