Happy Birthday, Mom!
My Mom is now 75. How awesome is that? She raised 6 boys (and did not become an alcoholic becuase of it... lol.), has 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and another due in September.
Growing up, she always made sure that we had lots of books to read. Reading was so important to her - her dream was to be a teacher (Due to her mother's health, she left high school during her senior year to take care of her). She instilled in us how important an education was, so she did her best to make sure we got what we needed, and that we worked hard to achieve academically. We were always encouraged to try new things, and to make the committment to finish what we started. We were allowed to participate in sports (except football - that was the only sport she put her foot down and said "NO".), band, chorus - what ever made us happy. When as a kid, and I started crocheting and knitting, it was ok. I had her support and love, and it was all ok. (Don't get me wrong, my Mom was a very good disciplinarian. She is the reason my brothers are very good parents, and I have very good classroom management skills. We learned that "no" was a very neccessary word, and it's ok to use it. The only time we knew we were in big trouble was the few times she used that phrase that made our blood run cold: "We'll take care of this when you father gets home...")
I'm very lucky. I still have my Mom who, since retiring from working in a dress factory many years ago, is incredibly active. She's NEVER home. Which is awesome. When not volunteering at the local hospital, there are the many bus trips - Atlantic City, Nashville, Branson, Phillies games. Yes, the Phillies. A tried and true fan of the Phillies is my Mom. A couple of games a year, and of course, most evenings in the summer are spent watching "her boys" on tv as she does a crossword puzzle, or spends time on the phone with one of her boys. And yes, I can talk with my Mom about anything... She's an awesome listener.
April 29, 1931. I truly believe that God smiled that day. I love you, Mom! Happy Birthday!