Well, today is Mother’s Day, and I want to tell you the story of one amazing mom – my own! I As I listened to a woman speak in church today, I realized just how lucky my brother, sister and I are to have our wonderful mom.
My mom is truly the most selfless person I have ever known. She worked constantly when we were young – from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to bed. Not only did she work outside the home, but she cooked, cleaned, took care of us and my dad, drove us all over the place, and even waited up for us to make sure we made it home safely after going out on the weekends. She helped us out with our homework and took care of us when we were sick. I look back now and wonder how in the world she did it all…and I don’t ever remember her complaining about it!
My sister has spina bifida, a congenital abnormality of the spine. I remember a time after my sister had surgery and how my mom took care of her. I remember her getting up multiple times in the middle of the night to roll my sister over because she was in a body brace and couldn’t move. I never heard her complain.
I remember nights when a stomach bug hit multiple members of the family, and my mom stayed up most of the night taking care of us and cleaning up after us. Even though she slept very little, she didn’t stop and rest. She continued to work the next day as if she had a full night of sleep. I never heard her complain.
I remember how she planned elaborate Christmas programs at the school where she taught and how she stayed up late to work on costumes and props for the show, all while continuing to cook, clean, and care for all of us. I never heard her complain.
I remember how she would buy us new school clothes when she hadn’t bought any new clothes for herself in years. She definitely sacrificed for us and put our needs ahead of her own. I never heard her complain.
As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve dealt with some narcissists in my lifetime. There was constant pressure from these narcissists to visit them often, and many times I wasn’t able to visit my parents because of this. My mom never pressured me to visit. She just quietly told me to come see her when I could, and if I wasn’t able to come, it was alright, and she understood. Even though I know she wanted to see me more often than she did during those years, I never heard her complain.
She took us to church every Sunday without fail. She instilled good moral Christian values into us and ensured that we behaved properly both in church and in everyday life. She taught us how to pray. We were taught to respect our elders and to say “please” and “thank you”.
She listened to us as we vented to her about our problems. She supported us, but she disciplined us when necessary. She made us take responsibility for our actions if we did something wrong. She did not bail us out if we misbehaved.
She was and is always there for us. We truly are blessed to have a mom who I consider to be the best ever! Happy Mother’s Day, mom…in my eyes, you truly are the best. God has given us a true angel!