Monday, May 12, 2008

My Mom

Sunday evening we had a special FHE about mothers. We were at my in-laws home and we each went around and shared a special memory about our Mom. I had barely spoken 3 words when I got all emotional and started crying. (And I am NOT a pretty person when I cry.) Just thinking about my Mother makes me want to burst into sobs. They're sobs of gratitude and humility- and a little bit of sadness for not being as helpful as I should have been. I think it's because now that I'm a mother, I TRULY realize how difficult it can be. I don't think I every fully thanked her for the amazing example she set for me. So here are a few things I wanted to thank her for:

- Thankyou for having me! Especially considering I was your sixth and last child, and your second C-section. You have a lovely scar across your tummy in remembrance of me.

- Thankyou for making me that darling tiger costume in the 6th grade- which even won the "cutest costume" award in my class. I was so proud of it! I wish I had a picture of the costume to show everyone reading this. However, my Mom loves me so much, she can't seem to part with any of my baby or childhood photos. I was shocked I happened to have the photo above!

- Thankyou for driving me to all those piano lessons (and on behalf of my other sisters- violin lessons, cello lessons, golfing lessons, dance practice, diving practice, cheer practice, and more)

- Thankyou for picking me up and taking me to Taco Bell for lunch- all those many, many times when I was in junior high and having a hard time (this was the experience I got all emotional about during FHE). I would call you and you'd be right there.

- Thankyou for staying youthful! When all the other Moms didn't want to get wet, or get dirty- you were always the first to jump in on the fun. You didn't care about getting your hair wet- or about anything except enjoying the moment. I hope I never grow too old to participate in activites with my kids or grandkids. You are the perfect example of this.

- Thankyou for always buying me a strawberry cream cheese croissant at Java City Cafe, after all those painful orthodontist appointments. Despite the pain- I always managed to choke down one of those yummy croissants.


- Thankyou for coming into my room late at night, after I was in bed, and visiting with me. I never outgrew you "tucking" me in.

- Thankyou for being there for all those sick nights. You were right there- changing my sheets, fetching me soda and saltine crackers, scrubbing the carpet. Whenever I was sick, I loved having you nearby.

- Thankyou for buying me my senior prom dress. It was a white, empire waist, Jessica McClintock and I called it my "Jane Austen" dress. It looked like something Gwenyth Paltrow would have worn in Emma. It was expensive too. You even let me pick out gorgeous white, satin shoes to match. I am so grateful you let me enjoy my senior prom to the fullest.

- Thankyou for your endless supply of energy. I'm still in awe of how you managed to accomplish so much in one day. After a crazy, hectic day, I remember you asking me at about 8 pm, "Hey honey- let's run to Dillards really fast!" This would happen numerous times. Where does all that energy come from MOM? Please share your secret.

- Thankyou for encouraging me when I was scared to try new things. I don't know if I would have ever learned to snow ski or water ski, if you hadn't been right there encouraging me.

- Thankyou for sharing your testimony of the gospel with me. You and Dad are incredible examples. Neither of you came from ideal LDS homes. The choices you have made are a living example of your testimony.

- Thankyou for putting your family first. (Although- I think you should have put yourself a little bit higher on the totem pole.) I have memories of your old, beat-up sandals and your worn purses, because you could care less. I appreciate the example you set of where our priorities should be.

- Thankyou for NEVER complaining. You NEVER acted like a victim. This is something I struggle with. I always think of you, because you never thought of yourself and only thought about your husband and kids. You are the epitome of selflessness.

I love you Mom. I could come up with many more memories. I apologize for all those nights that I used homework as an excuse so I wouldn't have to do the dishes. I apologize for complaining about not getting to buy some stupid, materialistic object. I could probably make an ever longer list of apologies! I adore you Mom. I am blessed beyond description to have you as my Mother.

8 comments:

The Hansen Clan said...

What a wonderful tribute to your truly amazing mom. Now I know where you get it from... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!

Rebecca said...

Megga-that was beautiful. Thank you for putting all of that in writing.

aric & jess said...

What a sweet post. I love your baby picture...it is totally Lucy and Owen just with dark hair!

You are so lucky to have had such a hands on mom. You are doing a good job following in her footsteps.

I miss you in YW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ilene said...

Sweet! Six daughters and she still had energy.

Such an inspiration. I want the secret too!

Penny said...

That was very sweet. And the picture of the two of you on your wedding day is darling! Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Danna said...

What a sweet post. I thought about doing that for my mom for mother's day, but didn't get to it, and after reading yours I really wish I would have. And, knowing you the way I do, you have nothing to apologize for. I am sure you were an angel child! I am so behind on your blog, but the previous posts looked great. Utah and camping looked like lots of fun, and I am very impressed with the Cinco de Mayo celebration! Go Megi!

Sharlene Enloe said...

That was so sweet. I got a little teary and choked up. I made me think of my own mom. Thanks for posting such a nice tribute.

Amy D. said...

This is a great post and, since becoming a mother myself, have apologized to my mom for complaining about meals she cooked or not being very helpful, etc. I have also expressed my gratitude for all she did for me (and still does) as a kid; things that I was completely oblivious to. Moms do so much and sacrifice soooo much on their children's behalves - I had NO idea till I became a mom.