Posted by Saraline , Sunday, May 9, 2010 6:10 PM
I know that some people criticize Mother's Day as a commercial holiday, but we all like to feel appreciated once in awhile. This post is dedicated to my mom, a very strong and very brave woman.
My mom had me when she was only 17. She married my dad and took on a huge responsibility that many teenagers are not ready for. She never complained that she didn't get to have fun like other people her age. She got a job, she kept the house clean, and she took good care of me.
Whenever I sift through my childhood memories now, I think about how young she would have been at the time and how scary it must have been for her. For example, when I was about three or four years old, my dad was away at college and for the most part it was just me and my mom. We lived in an apartment in a two-story house that didn't have screens on the windows. One night a bat flew into our apartment. My mom put me in my bedroom and closed the door and went to find the bat so that she could chase it back outside. (She never found it, but a tenant who lived there after we did found a bat skeleton behind the stove.) I can't imagine how scary it would have been for someone so young to have to deal with a bat when she was alone with a child.
Although she didn't finish high school, my mother is very smart and has educated herself over the years. She's good with computers and has probably read as many books as a university graduate. When I was a kid, I thought that she knew everything, and even now I'm pretty sure that she knows almost everything. Her logic is always sound and she can come up with a good explanation for just about anything. A couple of months ago she wrote her GED test; she said that it was too easy. I'm very proud of her.
Happy Mother's Day, mom. I love you.
My mom with my son on the day he was born.
And happy Mother's Day to my step-mom, son's paternal grandmother, grandmas, aunts, cousins, friends, family friends, and to any other mother who is reading this. I hope that you're all having a wonderful day.