Truth be told...I already went there when I found out a couple of weeks ago that he wasn't going to be here. I ran that through my system pretty quickly much to the chagrin of my husband. The only injury he suffered from was only slight whiplash from my violent mood swing upon realizing he would be away on Mother's Day for the 3rd Mother's Day out of 6 years of my Motherhood career. Not that I'm counting or anything...he always makes up for it.
This year I will spending the day with my Mum and that is certainly special since we don't get to see one another nearly as often as we would like being that we live in different cities. So instead I shall focus on giving thanks to all the Mothers that I adore, that inspire me and that I wish I saw more often as well.
First and most importantly...
Thank you Mother for your strength and courage and fierce independance. And thank you for passing those qualities down to me. Thank you for your strong hugs when I needed them most and when I didn't need them at all but just because. Thank you for your straight up no bullshit advice. Thank you for teaching me to take responsibility for my actions and for never allowing me to delve into the abyss of self pity for more than 5 minutes when things didn't go my way. Thank you for never talking down to me and always treating me like an equal. Thank you for making mistakes for without them I wouldn't be the person I am today, and today I really kinda like her. Thank you for being real and authentically you...I am the same and I couldn't be any other way. Thank you for being an incredibly loving Mother for there is nothing better than that. Thank you for teaching me that patience is a virtue...I hear you in my head every time I begin to lose a grip on it. It comes in quite handy now that I'm a Mother of 2 wonderfully busy boys. Thank you for always loving me, supporting me and forever showing me that if you can't laugh at yourself and the crazy that life throws at you than just what the hell can you laugh at?
|Gaga with Adrian - 3 months|
|Gaga with Finley - mere weeks old|
Thank you Nancy for raising a man who knows how to treat a woman. For teaching him not only how to treat his wife but who is also consistently willing to help his fellow neighbour, who will always be there for a friend in need, who is sensitive and genuine to everyone he meets. Thank you for allowing me to gripe about your son to you when I feel the (rare) need to...I don't know too many women that could (or would ever) do that to their Mother-In-Law. Even though he is your son you also always seem to have my back...I hope I can be the same kind of Mother-In-Law someday. Your gentle and subtle reminders about what marriage entails even now mean the world to me. I'm one lucky daughter-in-law. Thank you for being the clearly awesome Mother you were (and continue to be) to my husband. It's not just luck of the draw that makes a good man. And your son, my husband, is a great one.
Thank you to my amazing and beautiful friends. Those that I've known for decades, those that I've known for a only a few years, those that I've reconnected with over facebook, those that I've met and connected with online and through blogging. All of you wonderful women. I hope that you know you are all an inspiration to me. You push me to be a better person, a better Mother. When I'm having a terrible day or week or (few weeks) you've always made me feel like I'm more than good enough. You are my tribe, my ladies, my dear, dear friends and you all know who you are.
Lastly, the biggest of all thank you's to my little boys whom without them I would never have found out my true calling in life. Thank you for giving me comfort in the deliciousness of your hugs, kisses and cuddles. Thank you for believing in me even though you have no idea what that even means...I just know you do. Thank you for taking me for who I am and never doubting for a moment how much I adore every little bit about you. Thank you for stretching me, molding me, challenging me, questioning me and loving me endlessly even when I'm being or acting not all that lovable. Thank you for simply being who you are because to me you could not be more perfect. Thank you for making me who I am today. Know that you are loved to eternity and beyond a trillion times over. Seeing your smiles, hearing your laughter, listening to your conversations, feeling your heads nestled in the crook of my arms, your arms around my neck and your sweet lips kiss mine make me the feel like the most incredible Mother in the world. You both make me unbelievably proud. Every single day. I thank you both Adrian and Finley for making me the Mother that I am today.