This is Laura. Now its my turn to share about Mom.
Its been fun reading sisters post on Mom these last couple days. I read it and think “yup thats true. Mom’s like that or does that to me too.” And other times I think “Ha thats clever. Show Mom’s character through a story. Good idea.” Here goes.
Like the other sisters, Mom has played a very important role in my life. I’ll go ahead and tell you the only negative memory I have of Mom mothering me (other then her making me go shopping for new clothes). One night when I was in middle school, Mom was going to read to us some story. We loved being read to. I still love it. This night I took my shoes off to get comfortable and my feet were particularly smelly. I’m still embarrassed. Mom made me go wash my feet and probably commented how I should wear socks. I was so upset but didn’t show it. I went and washed my feet and decided I was going to show her and not come back. I was going to take a long time in the bathroom and then go to bed. I don’t think it really had an effect on her. I went to bed mad. Mom did come later to kiss me good night and made sure all was well. Since then I always wears socks when appropriate and try to keep neutral smelling feet.
I don’t know if this is true for other sisters but Mom was always making me do thing I didn’t want to do – at first. Things I would never do on my own – like going to a school instead of homeschooling, taking piano lessons, going away to college, taking the ACT again and again, getting a summer job, getting a job. Mom was always pushing me to get out of my bubble – which I hated and almost always included many tears. But many of those things I soon came to love like college, my summer job, having a decent ACT score, and having money.
It wasn’t til I got that summer job that I begin to understand that being uncomfortable is an excellent place to grow as a person. Looking back now I see that each of those things Mom made me do made me a better person. She was purposely trying to help me in more the one way.
One of the biggest things Mom “encouraged” me to do was commit myself to a relationship with Brandon. Mom and I (and sisters) had had countless conversation at home about Brandon and how I was not sure if I liked him enough or if I should wait to commit til after summer was over. Mom was always on Brandon’s side. I won’t say Mom bullied me into it, but I did finally decide after a conversation with Mom that Brandon was someone I didn’t want to loose and I needed to commit to keep him. Well I’m very happy with Brandon now and so very glad for Mom’s “encouragemnt.”
I love going home and hanging out with Mom. Mom allows and encourages you to be the person you should be. She never deterred us from making a music video. She regularly made monetary contributions to projects. She rarely ever kept us from cooking any kindof creation we could think of – no matter the ingredient.
I miss Mom since I no longer live at home, but I’m so glad I can call her almost anytime (unless she is skyping with Katie or at school) and just talk or get some advice. She is the only person who always wants to hear about all my details about an exciting day or trip.
I know we have a special Mom. We are very lucky to have her. I love her very much.