Since I can’t be with my mom on Mother’s Day, I thought I would reflect on those things that my mom has taught me throughout the years. Of course, it would be impossible to list them all, but here is the “short list.”
* My mom taught me to love a really good book; it’s okay to spend an afternoon with your favorite character.
* She taught me that it’s okay to sing karaoke in a bar full of people that you don’t know.
* She taught me to play cards, and to never cheat (okay, I had to learn that lesson that hard way).
* She taught me the love of words; she was the first poet that I came to love.
* My mom taught me that you should try new things because “you’ll never know what will happen on Mulberry Street.”
* She taught me to never be too busy when someone needs you. Always put down what you’re doing when someone comes into the room or when someone calls, if they need your help.
* She taught me that you are never too old to go after a dream; I learned this when she became the mayor of her city in her 60s.
* My mom taught me that your family always comes first and to love them with all of your heart.
* She taught me that a cold compress and holding back someone’s hair when they are throwing up is really helpful. (Ha…I have no idea why that popped into my head.)
* She taught me about prayer (along with my father) and that everything happens for a reason. This is how I make it through life on a daily basis.
* My mom taught me that it’s okay to pamper yourself every once in awhile.
* When my mom had cancer, she taught me that life is precious, and you should treasure it. I also learned to stop saying that I wish I was bald.
* My mom taught me that you can never be too overdressed, you can only be underdressed. (Did anyone read that as “undressed”?)
* My mom (along with my dad) taught me that you need to make time to vacation with your spouse; holding hands while on vacation is even more special.
* She taught me that you should clean your bedroom and do your chores on the weekends. I’m sure she thought I would never learn this one, but I finally did.
I could go on and on about all that my mom has taught me because she is an incredible woman. She has helped to raise many children that aren’t her own; there are many adults out there that still call her, “Mom.” I also realize that everyone thinks of their mom as their greatest, and I hope that this is true for you also, but I feel incredibly lucky that I can call Patricia Bortle my mom.
So, Mom, you will always be “The Wind Beneath My Wings, ” and I love you more!