This week’s Writing Challenge is in honor of Mother’s Day.
“How you’re just like your mother.”
I have spent the past two days searching the Internet for “mom” quotes. None of them felt like they were quite the right description of my mother. I almost abandoned the search until I found this quote:
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. -Tenneva Jordan
My mother is caring and selfless. She always makes sure you’re taken care of before she takes care of herself. I don’t dare insinuate that I am just as caring and selfless as she is – because I am not – but I do hope that as I mature, I share some of the same qualities because I learn by her example. Thinking back to my childhood, I can’t remember my parents ever taking a vacation without us or my mom “having an evening out” with friends or even doing something for herself, like weekly manicures. Everything was about us and for us. She put her career on hold to stay home with us, pushed us to do well in school, and always provided support when we needed it, no matter what.
Most importantly, my mom taught me why family comes first.
I take charge of situations the same way that I’ve watched my own mother do. I don’t like to delegate problems and have a tendency to follow things through until they’re finished, which is a quality I also share with my mom. If someone isn’t happy, I worry at night like my mom does. Over the past few years, I’ve learned the benefits of staying in the background, which is a grace that my mother always had that I never quite “got” until recently. Physically, I share traits with my mom. I have similar facial features as she does; we are both 5’4″ with brown hair and nice smiles. She is more petite than I am while I have a much more olive skin tone than she does. My mother is a beautiful woman. I can’t say that I’ve answered the question of “how you’re just like you’re mother” fully, but I hope that someday, my own children say this stuff about me.
Happy Mother’s Day, mommy. I love you.