Sunday, May 13, 2012

My mom is better than yours

This is the first Mother's Day that I'm not home to celebrate with my mom.  So I decided that a blog post dedicated to her would be a suitable Mother's Day gift.  That's thoughtful, right?

I'm pretty sure most people consider their mom as one of their biggest role models.  Our moms carried our slimy and pruny bodies in their stomachs for nine months and then raised us to adulthood.  That alone deserves a lot of credit.  And though my mom is my biggest role model, it's not just because she raised and nurtured me, it's because she's one of the best people I know. 
Don't worry, these are not her shoes.

Do you remember that time in your life when you started to see adults not merely as grown ups, but as people?  And once you realized that they were just older versions of yourself, you saw all of their faults and flaws?  I remember going through this experience, and it really affected me.  I found myself disappointed in many adults that I had once thought admirable.  I understood that adults couldn't be perfect, but even so, I felt like they could be more mature.  Looking back, I'm pretty sure I had such high expectations of adults was because of my mom.  Up until that point, I had assumed that adults didn't gossip because I had never heard my mom speak ill of anyone.  I started to compare my mom to other adults and it soon became evident that she is an exceptional person.

My mom helped me and Lily look a little more like legit pioneers.  My dad wasn't very convincing.
I'm not writing this to brag about my mom, even though that's basically all I've done so far.  I'm not comparing my mom to yours either, because I'm sure your moms are amazing.  But I'm pretty sure my mom is better than yours. 

I also don't have squinty asian eyes thanks to my mom.

My mom is extremely level-headed and practical.  Everything she does is just smart.  She doesn't get caught up on things like other women might, and for that I'm grateful.  Because sometimes women are annoying.  And when I say sometimes, I mean a lot of the time.

Since I've left home and gone to college I've started to notice things that I picked up from my mom.  When I go shopping I check the tags to see if the clothing is made of polyester or some other synthetic material, I buy the next size up if it fits in the store and it's 100% cotton; I still buy Grape Nuts and shredded wheat for cereal, and I have to eat at least one vegetable with dinner (or a poor substitute for dinner). 

Oh, and my mom is probably prettier than yours.  But remember, I'm not bragging or anything.

My mom is a spiritual beast and a convert to the church.  I read her journal when she was a teenager and newly baptized.  Basically, she was very spiritually mature for her age.  But she's always been mature.  I think I talked about this already...

I spent a lot of time with my mom through childhood because I was home schooled.  She was my teacher till fourth grade, and taught me how to read, write, add, subtract, and tried to teach me about fractions.  Key word: tried.  She was a good teacher, but I wasn't a very driven student.  My mom read to us for hours and because of that my sisters and I love reading.  But seriously.  Jenai used to wake up at 5am to read before she started her school work.  She also dressed up as a book worm for Halloween once.  We were interesting kids.
We wuv her.
I could go on, but I'm not going to.  I have to post this before I leave for work in a few minutes.  Speaking of procrastination, that is one practice I did not learn from my mom.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.  I LOVE YOU!

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