Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lessons from my Mama

Today is my mom's birthday.

Nearly all of my good qualities I learned from her. She is the most courageous, loving woman I know, and I am so proud to be her daughter.

So, today, as we celebrate the moment she came into this world, I want to tell you a little about the woman who made me who I am.

She is a Mama first and foremost. Her children always come first — even at the expense of her own wants and needs. And even though we are mostly grown and all but one has left the nest, she is still teaching us.

She taught me how to care for others — especially those less fortunate.

She taught me how to drive. A manual. (Go, Mom!)

She taught me that money doesn't matter as long as you have love. Although money does help.

She taught me to appreciate the small things.

She taught me that family is the most important thing in the world. Even if they annoy you to death.

She taught me to forgive. Especially my brothers and sisters after the knock-down, drag-out fights we would have. (See above)

She taught me hope when I had none.

She taught me how to be an independent and confident woman.

She taught me to don't worry, be happy.

She taught me to stand toward the back of the batter's box.

She taught me how to be selfless. This is still a work in progress.

She taught me how to swear. (Sorry, Mom.)

She taught me how to heal when my heart was broken.

And every day, she teaches me how to be a better mother. I am so thankful for her wisdom and love. And so thankful that because of her, my girls will grow up learning how to be strong and loving women.

Happy Birthday, Mama.


Rod Seel said...

What a wonderful tribute! Happy Birthday Nancy!

Amy said...

She really is a great person , happy birthday Nancy!!!

Gina said...

You are so lucky Katie...