Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Little Ramble on Mother's Day...

Gilthvedt crew - May 2012

My mom is the coolest.  I remember as a kid, making her Mother's Day cards and writing things like "You're the best!" and wondering if other kids just wrote those same words because they had to.  Clearly, my mom was the only one who actually was the best. :)

Growing up, all my friends knew whose mom cool.  Yup, it was mine.  She thought an all day party for 25 screaming 6th graders was a fun way to mark the end of my elementary years.  And, she knew a party for 30 hormone filled 9th graders would be a great way to celebrate the end of junior high.  When it came time to graduate from high school, it only made sense that our pasture was the one that held hundreds of Auburn High School seniors for an all-night raging party the night before the last day of school.  Now that I'm a mom, it's more impressive to me than it was back then.  Cool, definitely, and possibly half crazy too.

I'm on the run all the time these days, and even though my parents live nearby, I don't take as much time as I wish I would to just hang out with my mom.  A few months ago, we took a road trip to Montana, and it was just what I needed...time to just kick back and enjoy my mom for who she is.  A funny, sweet, giggly, kind, smiling, patient, caring, selfless, awesome sort of woman.  I've learned so much from her, and I have so much more to learn!

Society tells us on Mother's Day that moms are entitled to be spoiled rotten and treated like queens.  Is it just me, or is there something wrong with that?  How many moms set themselves up for disappointment on Mother's Day when they dream of having everything their way and it doesn't happen?  They want to sit back and watch their family do all the work...they want to be given gifts...they want to be told how wonderful they are.  How about if moms just were thankful to be moms on Mother's Day?

After years of taking my mom out to a big fancy brunch every Mother's Day, I found out that she doesn't really like brunch.  She isn't a big breakfast fan, and would have preferred a good dinner instead.  She didn't say anything though, and I know why.  She was just thankful to be together with the family and thankful to be a mom.  I think some of us could learn from that.

This Mother's Day, if you're a mom, I hope you'll be thankful just to be a mom.  I hope maybe you'll consider not expecting anything special, and see if it makes your day a better one.  And if you know a mom, love on her and thank her every day, not just on Mother's Day.

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