Sunday, May 11, 2008

THANK YOU, MOM!


Mom and I at the beach. I have a look like,"Hey mom, I think you forgot my sunglasses!" Note the Kewpie doll hairdo.

My mom and I have always been close. As I sifted through our family photos, I couldn't help but notice that, most of the time, one of us was either draped around her neck or sitting on her! Here, I found mom to be a comfortable little perch.

On vacation. My brother, Jeremy, and I in our "Weather Tamer" windbreakers with Mom.

See what I mean? Poor thing! 3 little scaliwags hanging on Mom. How did she manage to still look so put together?

I still remember this photo op. It was hot and we were disgruntled....... Dad was probably saying,"Now, come ON! Smile!"

Mom minus anyone on her neck. Or lap. Or shoulder. Notice how much more relaxed she looks here?
Gardens of the Villa Borghese - Rome 2000.

You know, you've gotta admit it, there's only one person in life that you can claim you were never apart from for even 1 second for the space of 9 whole months. Think about it, how many people can stand that much togetherness with someone, no matter how much they love them? When you stop to consider it, Motherhood is nothing short of a miracle for a myriad of reasons. When I think about all that my mother has given, sacrificed and endured because of her love and commitment to me, it could make me want to just break down and cry. She went through physical pain in birth, getting up with me in the night when I was thirsty or sick, when I'd wet the bed or had a nightmare, and we're just talking my preschool years!
She has been there for me in my best moments, when I was exhilarated and on top of the world. But she has also been there for me through some of life's deepest disappointments and betrayals, things I felt sure I would never recover from. She has been there for me when no one else cared. When others who had pledged their undying support or love proved to be untrue or disappointments of gargantuan proportions. She has always had my best interests at heart and I have never had to wonder, even for a second, what kind of a self-serving angle or lie she was cooking up to take advantage of me. Her motives were always pure and unquestionable, because my success or joy was inextricably linked to her's, because of her love.
I firmly believe in what some people would term "karma" or what I call the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever you sow into the lives of others, either good or bad, it WILL reproduce in your life to a multiplied extent. It's inescapable and just the way things work. If that is true, and I believe it to be, then my mother is in store for a whole lot of wonderful things. Now, I am well aware not every child has such a friend, patroness, companion, nurse, teacher, comforter. But I DO. If I had nothing else in life, having a mom like mine would be enough to convince me that I was one of the most blessed people on the face of the earth. Happy Mother's Day, Mom. Thanks for making me feel so loved and giving me such a powerful reason to want to be even half the mother you've been to me to my own child one day!

21 comments:

pve design said...

I love the connection and that you were photographed attached to her. I feel the connection and as a Mom of 3, come night time, when they were little ones, I would tease my husband to get the spatula then lift them off me. It is so important in the bonding process of mother & child. I had a hard time leaving them when they were little and still do. Feels like a part of me is missing. I know when the time comes for you to be a Mom, you will raise the bar!

Jennifer Ramos said...

i LOVE the photos of you and your mom, thanks for sharing!

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annechovie said...

Patricia~ That is so funny about the "spatula"! I really admire your devotion as a mother - it's a precious thing.

annechovie said...

Hi, Jen! Thank you, you're so sweet.

{this is glamorous} said...

Such beautiful photos, Anne, and a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

annechovie said...

Thanks, Roseline! I had a great weekend and hope you did also.

Nicole said...

Anne what a wonderful tribute to your mother! I would only hope my kids would be half as complimentary one day. I hope she read your blog. I love the photos too. Your mother is gorgeous and sooooo young!!!! Old photos are the best!

annechovie said...

Hi Nicole~
Thanks for the sweet comments. Yeah, mom read my blog and it made her cry, so I am pleased she liked it, she is a great person. I am with you about the old photos - I love to see people's old photos. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

Tara said...

Anne

What a warm tribute...you are so lucky to have your Mom!

:0)
Tara

annechovie said...

Thanks, Tara. You're right, I am!

Things That Inspire said...

I loved reading this! I had a twinge of recognition when I read the 'karma' part...I was a difficult child (very headstrong), and my mother always used to say 'I hope you get a child just like you'! Guess what? My oldest child is JUST LIKE ME! Sadly, my mother died soon after my second child was born, and I SO wish that she were here so I ask her how she managed, and thank her for all she did for me. I think it is wonderful that you appreciate your mother so much, what a tribute to her and to you.

annechovie said...

Thatnk so much TTI! That is sad about your mom - so sorry! I know I am very blessed to have my mom around and should be grateful for every day I can spend with her.

Alkemie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! Anne, you were such a beautiful child!! Thank you for sharing your memories.

Karen

annechovie said...

Karen, you are so gracious! Thank you!

Courtney said...

I love this! Now that I'm a mom, I find I'm much better at verbalizing my love and appreciation for my mom. You already have that gift! She is so blessed, and so are you. Thanks for the beautiful post! (I posted about my mom too, but not nearly as beautifully as you did!)

ALL THE BEST said...

Wonderful post Anne! I just adore all of the photos!!

annechovie said...

Courtney~
You are so kind! Thank you! I will have to check out your post also.

Thank you, Ronda! You are so sweet!

Cote de Texas said...

Gosh - you mom is so young and adorable! just like you! I'll bet I"m older than her. hmmmph!

Such a sweet tribute - she must have loved reading this!

JOni

annechovie said...

You're sweet, Joni! Yeah, my mom is wonderful. She is 60, believe it or not! Much to my delight, she did enjoy it - earned me a few Brownie points. LOL

laissezfaire said...

your mom is so inspiring and beautiful! Gorgeous is a better word I think!

annechovie said...

Thanks, SuLing! That will make her day!

 
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