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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Three things for Thursday - the Mother's Day edition

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought today would be the perfect day to honor my mom by sharing with you my three favorite lessons learned from her.  My mom has taught me so much, and is such a great force in my life.  I know how lucky I am to have her and to be able to rely on her for advice and support.  I'm sure she never expected to be in the operating room when I had the Little Dude, but there she was, holding my hand and telling me what a good job I was doing.  There are so many wonderful moments in my life like that - I never questioned whether I was loved - I always knew it.  I hope I can provide my child with the same feelings of love, safety and security.

Here's to you, Mom:

1. Everything happens for a reason.  It may not sound very comforting, but somehow, whenever things went wrong, or didn't go according to my plans, this small statement always made me feel so much better.  Her meaning was always crystal clear - though you may not realize why this is happening in this way at this time, eventually it will become clear.  There is always a lesson to be learned, in both triumph and failure, so pay attention.

2. This too shall pass.  Another huge comfort, hearing this always reminded me that while something may seem like a huge deal at the moment, everything has its time, and then, predictably, time marches on.  This statement became especially helpful when I became a mom.  Being able to realize that the sleepless nights, teething and growing pains, and other little annoying phases would all, eventually, pass, was a huge help.

3. You can be and do anything you put your mind to.  This one's pretty simple, but immensely important.  My mom isn't afraid to take on anything - she knows with enough study and practice, she can do it.  She teaches by example, and it's a pretty great one.  She's currently busting up ceramic tiles to make way for hardwood floor, which she and my dad will lay themselves.  She's a real renaissance woman, and I am so proud to call her Mom.