Well, Mother's Day is coming up, and I just thought it might be nice to use that as an excuse to post a couple of cool mom photos. The top photo is of my mom removing a splinter from my paw in our back yard. My Dad built that picnic table. The bottom is of my mom on the back porch of our Turquoise Mansion.
I often sit around and think about my childhood. Sometimes, I stop and think, oh my gosh. I can't believe how great my mom was. She was different than all the other moms in town. She took charge. She got involved. She got her hands dirty. She was strict, yet loving, never trying to be my "best friend". Instead of buying me clothes and Barbies, she taught me how to make impressions of animal footprints with plaster. She made pinatas. She sewed our clothing. She made me a Tee-Pee. She indulged me, but taught me the meaning behind indulgence. She was down to earth and realistic. She taught me to look around and notice the world. Notice how other people feel. Include people. Be polite, but don't be shy.
She still is truly different. She goes to Socrates club and then out to gamble on the same day. She embraces life and has herself a good laugh. And with her, I have a good laugh, too. I am so lucky she is my mom!
Although I don't have kids, and don't plan to, I find that "motherhood" is really something we can all take part in in many ways; comforting, nurturing, and just being there for one another...accepting each other, and laughing together, are just a few.
Dad...you're next. So don't be jealous. I already have the photo picked out and everything.