It’s been five months since cancer took my mom. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and thank her for the opportunity I had to be her daughter. My mom could be. . . how do I put it. . .stubborn. But she taught me how to love being a mom, and how to enjoy being alive.
Some of the best lessons my mom taught me (or tried to teach me that didn’t necessarily stick) include:
- Never, never, never stop learning.
- Keep track of your vacation money by using cash-filled envelopes for food, gas, souvenirs, etc. (Disclaimer: I don’t do this–We teased her mercilessly about it.)
- Cook desserts from scratch using real butter and cream whenever possible. And it’s always possible.
- Flip off slow drivers. (Not something I do, but my daughters have certainly picked it up.)
- Friends come and go but family is there FOREVER. I don’t think she meant it as a threat. I could be wrong.
- Laugh as often as possible and never take yourself too seriously.
- Read something every day.
- Christianity isn’t something you learn from a book. It’s something developed in the heart.
- Plant flowers. (I did not inherit my mom’s green thumb. I plant flowers and they wither abruptly. However, my mom could make plastic plants blossom.)
- Have good friends.
- Live with joy until the very end.
This Mother’s Day is the first time in my life that I won’t be able to talk to mom and tell her I love and appreciate her. I hope wherever she is, she’s planting a garden, eating chocolate cake and reading a really good book. I love you and miss you, Mom.
Make sure to send love to your mom today.
I can usually get through the week without experiencing too much mental trauma. But for some reason, this week has pushed me over the edge of psychological stability. Too many meetings? Not enough sugar? Who knows, but EVERYTHING this week makes my teeth grind.
Here are the top culprits today:
- The pointy sponge on my eyeshadow applicator keeps flipping off and falling into the sink.
- I’ve resolved to eat healthy today–so all I can think about is a glass of ice-cold Coca-Cola.
- I keep humming “Disturbia” which is freakin’ disturbing.
- Every TV station in the world is showing highlights of the royal wedding.
- I’ve resolved to eat healthy today–so all I want is to eat the chocolate ears off my Easter bunny.
- Utah weather.
- Listening to my husband TALK about Utah weather.
- Having to talk to auto mechanics about my broken turn signal.
- Taking out a small loan to pay for my broken turn signal.
- My anti-wrinkle cream has stopped anti-wrinkling.
- I don’t have a maid.
Since tomorrow is Saturday, and I have NO meetings to attend, maybe my brain can relax and I can stop being pissy. Breakfast for tomorrow: Ice-cold Coke and Easter bunny ears.
If you heard vast amounts of cursing coming from the west side of the valley for the last few days, that would be me.
You see, I’ve been trying to get this &#&%ing blog set up and if it weren’t for chocolate chip cookies and Southpark episodes, my computer would have been crushed under my garage door–repeatedly. My laptop likes to think for me. Since I’m not always thinking clearly–that’s not hard to do. But in THIS case, I wanted it to mind me. And it didn’t care. No amount of mouse banging, button pushing, cord wiggling or cupboard door slamming could make my computer work any faster.
Notice the little gallery of photos at the top of my blog? That took 48 HOURS of screeching until my lungs were scraped raw to make that work. Changing the font? An additional 12 hours of sobbing into my pillow. And don’t even ASK about how I added links. I’m still recovering.
So as AMAZING as this blog is today–expect changes as we go along. God help us.