The other day I ran into one of my neighbors from my childhood home. She asked about my family and how everyone was doing and when I mentioned my mother, she said, “Ah, I remember watching your mother sitting out on the cult de sac. She was holding a baby in her lap, reading a book, and making sure you and your brother were playing nicely all at the same time. She always remained so calm and collected, no matter what!”
This memory did not surprise me one bit. My mother has always been a calming presence everywhere she goes, yet still manages to get a million things done. She is the only one who can talk me down from whatever ledge I’ve worked myself onto that day, and knows me well enough to talk sense into my head when all sense is gone! She brings perspective, focus and energy to whatever she does, yet never overwhelms or calls attention to herself.
Once when I asked her how she does it all she said, “My highs aren’t too high and my lows aren’t too low.” She takes the middle road. Her mild disposition helps get her through the rocky times and brings stability to those in her life who tend towards the more dramatic (AKA myself). But she is also a great cheerleader when something wonderful happens, and knows how to throw a killer party!
This is her first Mother’s Day without her own mother, something that is utterly unimaginable to me. So I want to say it loud and clear while I still can– HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM! You were made for this exhausting, all-consuming, often thankless job. I hope it has been rewarding and that we kids make you proud. You deserve to be celebrated every day.