How would you answer these prompts for your mom? Here are a few of my answers in the journal I gave my lovely mom:
I. You might have thought I wasn’t listening, but I have. Here are a some life lessons I’ve learned from you…
Top 5 List
1. Be frugal, whether you need to be or not.
2. Eat healthily (no processed foods, except chocolate)
3. Connect with nature as often as possible (at least once a day)
4. Smile until you mean it.
5. Look to dogs as good role models (especially border collies).
II. I was or am happy that you are my mother when…
I see friends losing their mothers. I’m grateful that you have taken such great care of yourself so that you are so vibrant and able to be a part of our lives at 85. You are a role model for aging well!
III. If I could make three amazing things happen for you by waving a magic wand, I’d…
1. bring Dad back to keep you company (and do the taxes for you)
2. erase all your occasional aches and pains so you can scamper along on hikes, free of pain
3. let us both travel the 3,000 miles between our homes with the snap of our fingers
[These prompts are from the gift journal – What I Love About You, Mom – a sweet way to share memories and appreciation with your mom.]
On the eve of the publication of our new gift journal for moms – What I Love About You, Mom – I asked some folks to tell me something wonderful about their moms. Here are their responses:
“My mom doesn’t gloat when she kicks my behind in Scrabble…” (KC, New York)
“My mother is the original MacGyver. She has always had an almost supernatural ability to pull success from chaos, to take meager materials and create beauty, to make something out of nothing and save the day.” (Anne, Indiana)
“She has eyes in the back of her head, so don’t slouch. Really.” (Anne, New York)
“Long into my adulthood, she stood at the kitchen window and stared up the street waiting for me to arrive home safely. Not until I had grown kids did I appreciate her anxiety, and wish I could tell her thanks for her devotion.” (Cheryl, California)
“Our Mom is the glue that holds our family together. She’s always the one you go to whenever you need advice, or just a smile. She always has the best advice, and never, ever does she say, “You can’t!” It’s just not in her vocabulary! Her shoulders are strong because she’s been through a lot in her 75 years, but from the outside looking in you would never know she’s had a bad day in her life! That is love!” (Cindy, Florida)
“She never stopped wanting to learn.” (Maren, Arizona)
“I think in a different time and under different circumstances, my mom could have done anything. She graduated from college the same year I did after raising 3 children and supporting my dad’s career. She found her own space and voice in her own time, but she has always been generous in all things, most of all to her children, telling us we could be anything we set our hearts and minds to be.” (Katherine, New Hampshire)
“She makes me smile and makes me feel loved. She will give advice when asked but not judge. She is always willing to share about her childhood and things were when she and my dad were younger. It is one of my desires for my children to say the same about me someday.” (Susan, Florida)
How about your mom? What’s something wonderful and/or unique about her? Does she know you admire or appreciate it?
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