Happy Mother's Day 2016!
|A nice picture of my mom and dad years ago when the|
grandchildren were young.
Before anything else, I wanted to be a mom. I dreamt about it, played house, drew family stories, and took care of little brothers, sisters, cousins, and neighbors from my earliest days. I always wanted to be a mom. Even before I was interest in boys, I made myself get used to the idea that I'd have to get married to a man if I wanted a baby (now I know a lot has changed in that regard in in the 50+ years since I came to that notion), but in the 60's those options weren't as visible.
Anyways, the reality is that I always wanted to be a mom, and I'm ever so grateful that I've had this opportunity in life.
As a mom, three of the four greatest moments in my life were the moments when each of my children were born. How grateful I was for their births and how grateful I am for their lives now. In fact, I find it strange in some ways that I should get a gift on Mother's Day as my children are my most precious gifts.
|We enjoyed so many good times in nature. This is a picture|
of a mountain hike--probably Mt. Monadnock.
I ask my children to be good people, to follow their dreams, to contribute to a better world, and to find people that they love to be with. That's my hope for my children.
As a mom, my favorite activity is to plan family vacations. I love to travel with my family to places near and far. We especially love the combination of big city/rural travel, a little of this and a little of that. I also like to go out to dinner with the family to celebrate special events. I find we have our best conversations during those dinners. And, I live vicariously through my children's adventures. I always say, "Our children take us down paths we never thought we'd travel."
|A picture of my mom, dad, me, and five siblings about 1970.|
My own mom gave us the most important gifts. We had a warm and inviting home, delicious meals, lots of fun and laughter, and presence-she's still full of energy at 86, and still mothering us to be the best that we can be. In many ways she's a better mom to my boys than I am particularly when it comes to her delicious oatmeal cookies, macaroni and cheese, love of laughter and fun, and cheering them on. I'm a more serious mom, so I'm glad they have her influence too.
I wish all the mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day--in a way, the role that moms once played is a role that both moms and dads and perhaps aunts, uncles, and other loving adults play today--I'm so happy to see that change in America today. I'm delighted that families are defined in so many ways with love and care as the constant measure.
Happy Mother's Day! I wish all of the moms out there a wonderful day, and I thank all of those who help us do our job each day as it certainly "takes a village" to be a good mom today.