Tuesday, December 1, 2009

moms

they are so much, aren't they? i don't know one single woman who hasn't had a moment when they stop dead in their tracks and think...

oh my gosh. i am my mother.

like when i'm trying something on in a dressing room and absent-mindedly put my right foot out with pointed toe to get the "full effect"... or when i take on the accent of the person i'm talking to on the other end of the telephone... or everytime i fold and re-fold and re-fold until i get an extra straight hospital corner with my sheets while making my bed...

oh my gosh. i am my mother.

mother/daughter relationships are so complex, so fierce, so irrrational at times. it's like you're so intimately linked, sometimes you don't know what else to do but push each others buttons. the one word that comes to mind when i think about moms is unconditional. it doesn't matter what it is or who you're up against-- no one comes to bat for you like your mom. no one.

i think i've taken that fact for granted my whole life. it's one of those things where you don't know anything different, so you live in complete ignorance of the fact that not everyone has a built in cheering section for a mom. not everyone has a number they can call night or day, rain or shine, to laugh or cry, for any reason whatsoever and hear a voice on the other end that will go to any length possible to make things right; not expecting anything in return, just wanting to be whatever you need.

today's my mom's birthday. and it was a big one. it's one of those birthdays that you probably (whether you want to or not) will take a moment to think back over the years you've lived and take stock. i hope that as my mom looked back, she was filled with joy and happiness and such a sense of accomplishment... because the life she's lived so far has been one that has given her family a safe haven to love and laugh and grow and acheive and become anything they wanted to be because we knew she had our backs.

i love you, mom. happy, happy, happy birthday.

4 comments:

Tiffany said...

Awe, this made me tear! Happy birthday Beth lovey! Mom said you girls had the best time yesterday. What a fun day to celebrate together! XOXO

Kristen said...

Great post :) Bethy...I hope you feel the love!

Beth Myers said...

I love you sweet girl. Thank you for your precious words. I will forever hold them near to my heart. You are so very dear to me and so loved. xoxo Mom

The Kelsos said...

What a sweet post! This is going to come from left field (but are you surprised?), I will forever remember when we were at camp travis as 7th grade girls counselors and you told one of our campers to "shake what yo momma gave you." I about died, and decided to never forget that line. So here's to Beth and all that she gave you.

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