Today is a guest post from my college age and therefore poor in money son. His Mothers day gift to me was to write a blog post so I could have the day off.
I think the world of my mom; but it has not always been like that. From a young age, I was incredibly curious about everything; I wanted to know what things felt like, what they tasted like, how they worked, and why they were there. This curiosity got me in trouble when I was a young teenager. I thought my parents were stupid and knew nothing, and that I was always right. Here I was, a 15-year-old kid, thinking I knew better and was way smarter then a 40 year old with eight children of her own. The irony in that, huh? Time and time again, I found myself in trouble, and time and time again, I found my mom by my side. She never got mad at me or yelled at me or scolded me, rather, she would sit by me, with my dad, and just provide company. She would take a deep breath, look me in the eyes, and in a gentle and soothing way, she would tell me that regardless of how stupid or childish I acted, she would always love me. It took me 18 years to realize she was right, that she did love me unconditionally and that I wasn’t smarter than her, but once I realized this; everything else I did got a whole lot easier.
To those of you who do not know me, my name is Michael and I am the fourth in line in my family, with three older sisters and four younger brothers. My mom has changed my life in so many ways, and I would give her the world if I could, because she deserves nothing less, and I hope you feel the same way about your mom. Here is a very short list of the things she taught me through the years:
- Always be polite, kind, and welcoming to everyone.
- Always write thank you notes. People deserve to be appreciated.
- No one person’s needs or interests are more important than another’s. Every person should to be heard and listened to.
- Education and spiritual development are not luxuries-they are necessities.
- It is important to have a strong body as well as a strong mind. Physical activity is critical to growth.
- To love someone is to put their wants and needs above your own wants and needs.
- Listen, listen, listen. Every person in this world has a unique story to tell. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say, and learn from them.
- Smile and laugh. Don’t take things too seriously.
- Always have a clean room, a made bed and a vacuumed carpet. It is by doing these small tasks that we develop the discipline and tenacity to overcome the large obstacles.
- You get out of something what you put into it. If you try your best, the outcomes do not matter; it is the effort that counts.
- Family is the most important thing we have in this world. Never let them go, never neglect them, always respect them and love them as you love yourself.
Sure, she drilled these things into my head over and over again, but I didn’t learn them by listening to her-I learned them by watching her. She is the most beautiful, intelligent, loving, caring, thoughtful and considerate person I know in the entire world. She raised me, taught me, played with me, fed me, changed my diapers, listened to me, took me to my sports practices, paid for me to go to college, and most importantly, she loves me. I just wish I could give back to my mom half of what she has given me; because like Abraham Lincoln once said, “Everything I am, I owe to my mother.” So mom, happy mother’s day, and to moms all over the world: thank you.