Mother’s Day

This year I thought I would turn the tables a bit. I would like my kids to know how much it means to  me to be their mother.

Mike, thank you for making me a mother in the first place! You were a beautiful baby, an adorable toddler(ni-night tha moom), and lots of fun as a kid(even when I was pulling my hair out, I was marveling at your talents. You turned into a good man, with a beautiful and nice wife(who shares my love of knitting!). Miles  has a lot to look forward to, growing up in your household. Congratulations on making it through law school, I know it couldn’t have been easy, but you followed your dream and made it happen.

Joni, thank you for being a cuddly baby! After Mr. Mike, who never wanted to sit still, it was wonderful to have you want to just sit on my lap in the rocker. I love the woman you have become, and I cherish the friendship we have. I love that you took up sewing, and that you love vintage patterns as I do. You married well  and you and Matt have adorable, creative, brilliant children, and I look forward to seeing what they become. It’s great that you became a chemist, I didn’t see that coming when you were a kid!

Kevin, wow, graduating from Notre Dame in three and a half years of work! I guess I’m not terribly surprised. You have become a wonderful man, after being a wonderful boy. I can still picture you playing with the stereo in San Diego when you were one, looking like quite the imp. You are kind, thoughtful, and funny. Celeste is perfect for you, and I expect there will be wacky times at your house. I kind of can’t wait to leave New York, so you can visit us more often. The girls and I had such a good time with you last summer, and hope we get to do that again sometime, with Celeste added in.

Em, Best. Hairdresser. Ever. I know you get teased about being a “mini me”, but I see a lot of your dad in you. There were times I wasn’t sure you would make it to adulthood, and if you did, was sure you would be deaf. Fortunately for Russell, Gavin, and Lena, you did make it to adulthood, hearing mostly intact. You are a great mama, and the kids are really lucky to have you. So is Russell. You really have what it takes to be an Army wife, and you know the sacrifices and where Russell’s duty lies.

Robbie, I am so proud of you I could bust. Helicopters. You fix them and fly on them. Coolest job ever. I’m proud of what you do, and that you still like being in the Army, in spite of the hurry up and wait that you have to do so often. I am so grateful for the times we’ve gotten to hang out at EFR. I will miss that.  You were a cute little guy, active as all get out, and I will always remember your Roveralls, and carrying you upstairs by the straps like luggage when you didn’t want to go take a nap. Kindergarten, when all you wanted to wear to school were sweats, and your favorite was the Gravedigger set. I hope that you and Laura will have a long and happy marriage, and that adapting to Army life won’t be too difficult for her. Oh, and thanks for being friends with Russ in Basic, and asking me if he could hang with us on Family Day.

Catherine. My snookums. I miss you so much when you are not around me. I love visiting you in Philly, even if I do get stressed over the parking. You were such an awesome and cute little girl, and I love the almost adult you have become(hey you’re still in college). It makes me happy that we share the same ideas about food, and where it’s grown and where to get it. I’m always excited to have you come home and help me pick fruit and do the canning. And Salvation Army, we always find something cool there. I really like Matt too, you can keep him around ;).

Laura, the first of my “bonus” babies, you are turning into a wonderful young woman. You have some strong convictions, and I am proud of you for them. You can be silly, and that is fun too. The drawing, the fan-fic, the photo shoots, the curly hair, Zelda. I love to hear you cantor at church, it makes me so happy to hear you sing.

Molly, my baby. I love everything about you. Being the “baby” of the family does give you a special place in my heart. It’s wonderful to watch you grow up, but bittersweet too. You have a real talent with younger children(you are a great Auntie). You are my Drama Queen! I will always cherish the little love notes you send me, they mean a lot to me. Kisses for you, my sweet.

To my Emergency Backup Kids: 2A and Katie, I love you guys! I worry for you, get happy when you are, you are like my own. I feel blessed to have you in my life.

Jeff, thanks for making it all possible, and for working so hard so I can be home with our kids all these years. I love you.

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8 responses to “Mother’s Day

  1. Happy mothers day, mom, you are teh coolest 3oo bc year old mom EVER. I love you, and WOOOO!, baby of the family!

    -Molly-

  2. I love you, mom. You know we wouldn’t be who we are without you!

    XOXOXOXOX

    ❤ Laura

  3. Celeste

    Awww-too bad I’m a blubbering idiot. I cried through the whole thing. You’ve raised a great guy. I love him to death. Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!

  4. Cath

    Mama: It wasn’t until halfway through highschool that I began to realize I actually LIKE you–everyone goes through that, I hope, that freakish and unsettling and wonderful moment when you realize Mom isn’t just Mom anymore, she’s also a friend and a confidante and, freakishest of all, she’s a separate person with her own history and doings and needs. I am so grateful for that switch you and I made, from caretaker-and-child to friends and intellectual equals. What fun we have when we’re together! Even when we are doing little that an outsider would appreciate, talking about Janice Holt Giles and food (oh, the food) and sex and bargain shopping and art and knitting and movies and family–I still feel like I’ve found an irreplaceable partner-in-crime and a dear friend. And with all this, you are still, at bottom, my caretaker, the one I go to first when I can’t sort my life out, when everything feels wrong and I don’t know what to do and I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of hormonal pre-adulthood.

    Our relationship keeps getting better and deeper and more strangely faceted. Mama, I love you.

  5. eranofarcadia

    Aww.

    And so forth. You know I am not an emotional type, but nice post and good job on raising us.

  6. Mom, you are the best! I am soo lucky to have you as a mother, and my kids are the luckiest to have you as their Mawmaw (or “mamo” as Gavin calls you).

    And, just as you probably suspected, I blubbered the whole way through the post, and then of course cried even harder when I read what you wrote about me. I love you sooo much!

  7. *sniff, sniff*

    (For the record, Babs would have turned out much better if she’d had a mother like YOU.)

  8. Katiekins

    Mom,

    I know I’m not perfect and perhaps not exactly what you were looking for in an emergency back-up child, but I guess that’s the beauty of it. You started out as “Catherine’s mom who was nice enough to sew me a skirt and buy me a peasant top for our Sweden project” but you truly became Mom, and I know that it was meant to be. Catherine was the first smiling face I saw at Sacred Heart, my new school when I was 9 years old, and now she’s my best friend for life, just like you’ll be Mom for life. Thank you for always being there when I’ve needed you. It has meant so much to have you in my life. You have always accepted me for who I am and who I’ve become, and that is truly irreplaceable.

    I love you so much.

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