My mom is nominated as mother of the year because in my eyes she has well earned it. I've watched her struggles over the past several decades and yet I never see her in the light of defeat.
Their was a time I lived at home with my parents and I was addicted to this insight, our many conversations where I'd talk my heart out.. She really listened! Then she'd simplify it for me. Until recently when I started emailing my mom more and more, I didn't have this constant stream of optimism, but lately we've been keeping in touch via Yahoo mail, yahoo messenger, and now she works for the company I started my writing career in so I get to give back by helping her become the writer she wants to be!
My mom recently (2 years ago) retired from the Sacramento Police Department Transcription department (but held many positions within) and decided to move to Oregon where I've made my home for a few years already. When she came out to visit she saw the amazing beauty and paradise this area is and had to retire here.
They've purchased a home and are here for the long haul. Now I can visit my mom who lives 15 minutes away (before it was 10 hours away!). This was originally written 5 years ago and things have just gotten better!
Even though we just talk about the normal things of life, her struggles and me mine, there is a lot of insight found in our exchange that most don't see.
I love how my mom will just listen and allow me to say whatever I want without judgment, she even lets me yell (not at her just passionately expressing myself) and will listen to every word and wait till I'm done to give me what becomes incredible advice that calms me down and shows me what I missed!
I'm sure she appreciates me listening to her too. I don't have to lie or beat around the bush with my mom, and I love that about her. She has a clear vision of the future, hers and others; she chases her dreams with undying passion.
She faces obstacles daily but always comes out on top.
It is through this vision that I persevere myself when times seem tough. When I feel weak my mom often crosses my mind like an angel telling me, look, be strong, their is learning in pain, and always remember "and this too shall pass" a phrase she learned from my father.
My Mom, Dad, Scott My older Brother In Brunswick Maine (my birth place)