Saturday, May 11, 2013
An Ode to My Mother on Mother's Day
I think there is that moment that hits all women, oh my gosh " I am turning into my mother." While I can try to deny as much as I can, I know there is a fair bit of Cath Pasko in me, and I am ok with that because my mother is a pretty phenomenal lady. She exudes love, warmth, and has a tenacity to overcome obstacles and disappointment like no one I have ever met. She is the "cake boss" and a cook extraordinaire. She is a loyal friend, and an excellent listener. She is the hostess, I wish I could be. She is an excellent shopping partner. She is a comedian without even trying. She is strong, brave, and courageous. She has taught me that to be beautiful on the inside is much more important than the outside. She is a constant support. She is my best friend and she has taught me life is precious and short and that you should say the things you mean.
While I am my mother's daughter, we do have very different lives. She was wed at 19 and was married for 43 years, I will be lucky to be married by 43. As an added bonus my mother was engaged 2x in her life, of course having to tell the other guy she had met my dad, the ever charming. She would have had 2 children by the age of 29, while I am lucky to remember to water my plants. I often wonder how my mother raised such a stubborn, independent woman and then I realized she wouldn't have had it any other way. She raised me to believe in myself, to believe that the impossible was impossible, and for that I am ever grateful.
Thus, Mom, while I have failed at getting a letter in the mail or even a gift delivered on time, please know that I love you more than words can express. You are an inspiration to me daily, and you encourage me to be better person. You are the woman I call when boys break my heart, and the woman I want to share my greatest joys. I only hope I can be half of the mother you have been to me. While I wish I could spend Mother's day with you this year, know that there is nowhere else I would rather be than with you. Please know that I love you and I am so glad that I am your daughter.
Happy Mothers Day