“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
– H. Jackson Brown
May is the Month for Mothers! Everybody has—or has had—a beautiful mother in their life. Being a mom is the most important role that a woman can ever fulfill. Whether it be a mother to your own kids, your friends’ or neighbors’ kids, or the many dogs, cats and other fur-babies that exist in our life. We women are all mothers in some way. On Sunday, May 9th, everyone around the world will celebrate our mothers and/or our motherhood. It’s an important day, so please do not let this day go by without reaching out to your mom.
Here’s one of my favorite Mother’s Day photos, showing Virginia, John Robert, my mom, and me. You can see how happy we all are. Everyone was smiling and that day was a special memory. It’s a photo from an actual Mother’s Day in 2012. Yes, it was taken 9 years ago when John Robert was just 5 years old. After posing for this photo at the Picture People Studio, we enjoyed a delicious lunch together at The Cheesecake Factory. That was one of our favorite things to do together on weekends, holidays and other special occasions.
I know that this Mother’s Day is going to be a difficult day for our family; it will be the first Mother’s Day without my mom (in pink). But her presence will be with us, I know. Sweet Camille would have been 85 years old. We will miss her, but we will celebrate the holiday with my mother-in-law, Virginia, who is 87, her husband, my dad, my brother, my husband, and John Robert. It is always nice to be all together.
I hope that you have the chance to celebrate with your mom, your mother-in-law, and your kids.
For 14 years, John Robert has always made me a proud mom. His birth is my most important achievement in life. Just coming into this world safely was an absolute miracle. I still remember celebrating my first Mother’s Day with him being in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) of Children’s Hospital. Within his first 2 weeks of being hooked up to machines, he learned how to smile. Then within the first month he went from needing a feeding tube to breast feeding. I felt so important—he really needed me! Both mothers were my rock. Their advice then and throughout the years has been so important to me. They helped me to get through 2 Open Heart Surgeries and an Ablation Surgery. I am so grateful for both moms.
Their loving and caring nature influenced me and made me into the mom that I am today.
Over the years, I’ve been delighted to watch John Robert perform. He is an actor, a dancer and a singer. He really is a born entertainer and lights up the stage when he’s on it. In fact, this Saturday he will be performing Luminaire in the Musical “Beauty and the Beast.” I am looking forward to seeing it. Watching John Robert perform is a perfect Mother’s Day Gift to me.
Throughout the past 14 years, my mom & Virginia have shared with me important and sage advice.
Here are the top 10 lessons that I have learned from my moms: (in no particular order)
- Have Faith.
- Respect Yourself.
- Don’t Gossip.
- Never Go to Bed Mad.
- Never go Anywhere Empty Handed.
- Love Your Siblings
- Know Who Your True Friends Are.
- Be Yourself. (Everybody Else Is Taken.)
- Try New Things (Food, Drinks or Activities, etc.)
- Love & Respect Your Parents
Enjoy the advice. To tell you the truth, I could’ve written about 100-to-1,000 lessons on what I’ve learned from these very special women. But, as you can see, I tried to narrow the list down to just the top 10 that resonate most with me.
If you can, enjoy your moms on this special day. If you are a mom, enjoy your special day. If you are a spouse, kid or sibling, make sure that you acknowledge the moms in your life.
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