On Mother's Day...(and Moms)
I like Mother’s Day… a lot. I’m a fan. And not just because Bryan and the girlies bring me breakfast in bed and take me to brunch and present me with sweet homemade cards and are just generally lovely and super accommodating all day. I like it because it gets me thinking about this great privilege I have of being a mom -- this gift of getting to shepherd a couple of amazing little beings as they make their way through the world.
It’s a complicated and daunting task this raising kids enterprise – the deciding when to jump in and be their advocate (I’m watching my younger sister do this in a major way for two of her sons right now and am hugely in awe of her skills) when to offer assistance/guidance/advice and when to step back and let them find their own way (even if it means letting them fail). But truly those girlies of mine have transformed me…They have made my life something I never thought it could be. They are awe-inspiring. It is more than worth the stress and worry and sleeplessness.
image via Tory Burch
And, inevitably, all this ruminating on the shepherding provides a sort of renewed, deep appreciation for my own mom. (There’s really nothing like being a mom to make you see your own mother in a whole new light, yes?)
I loved reading some of the motherhood memories earlier this week on Tory Burch’s blog…especially the memories from designer Ruthie Sommers (below), and her comment about how her mother talks about “ideas not people or things”. Ruthie’s mom is a wise lady + how cool is it that she typed out that list and sent it to her daughter. I’m definitely putting that in the idea file for future use.
Among other things, my own mom taught me you can make beauty out of even the humblest of circumstances, to honor your home, to love deeply and wholly, to embrace optimism, to be adaptable, and…to wash my face every night before bed no matter what.
So in honor of Mother’s Day, do share…what’s the best thing your mom taught you?