A few days ago, my mom celebrated her birthday. It was a milestone one, but I'll preserve her privacy and not share the number.
My mom and I are best friends. We have a precious relationship that has evolved over the years. When I needed to be mothered, I was mothered. She didn't play the "cool mom". Now that I am (reasonably) grown and have kids of my own, we enjoy a closeness and friendship that I treasure so much.
This blog installment is dedicated to the first ten things I could think of that are cool about my mom. Not the only things, not the most important ones, just the first ones that jump to mind. Please consider devoting a post to the same on your own blog.
- She graduated from university with a Bachelors degress in Business Administration. In 1966. (Stop doing the math; I'm not going to tell you how old she is!) If you don't think that's a cool factoid, consider this: she was one of only two women in her graduating class, and no, she wasn't the one the boys considered the "friendly" one.
- She and my dad are the model of respect and devotion, and will celebrate FORTY years of marriage in a couple of months.
- She used to take my sister and I to feminist rallies when we were really really little. At the time, I didn't understand why I had a button that said, "Why not?", but I still thought it was pretty cool to wear it.
- She and my dad made the education of us kids a top priority. When I graduated from uni in 1996, I had negligible student loans, despite the fact that it took me three years to gain admission into my program of choice.
- When hub and I decided we didn't want a big family wedding, she and my dad not only supported the decision for us to go away and get married, they wrote a ridiculously generous cheque to ensure it would happen.
- Mary has more than once been the Thelma to my Louise (or the other way around - she can be the pretty, as long as I can be the one who knocks boots with Brad Pitt). The Maine-NB border patrol had a bit to say about the great shopping debacle of 1994!
- She displays a warmth and generosity with my daughters that cannot even be described.
- She is as obsessed as I am and thinks nothing of traveling hours for knitting workshops and the like. I must admit, I feel pretty proud to be a part of "that mother and daughter" when we're in classes together!
- She loves pepperoni pizza, cold beers and NCAA basketball, preferably in combination.
- In my early twenties, she
asked beggedpermitted me to start calling her "Mary", since she was tired of being one of a zillion women to answer to the call of "MOM!" at the mall
Happy belated birthday, Mar. We love you!
PS - Son in-law says she makes the best bumbleberry pie on the planet. I told him he's still not getting one.