On the eve of the publication of a gift journal for moms - WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU, MOM - I asked some folks to tell me something wonderful about their moms. Here are their responses (feel free to add your own answer too):
**Describe one unique and wonderful thing about your mom:**
"My mom doesn't gloat when she kicks my behind in Scrabble..." (KC, New York)
"My mother is the original MacGyver. She has always had an almost supernatural ability to pull success from chaos, to take meager materials and create beauty, to make something out of nothing and save the day." (Anne, Indiana)
"She has eyes in the back of her head, so don’t slouch. Really." (Anne, New York)
"Long into my adulthood, she stood at the kitchen window and stared up the street waiting for me to arrive home safely. Not until I had grown kids did I appreciate her anxiety, and wish I could tell her thanks for her devotion." (Cheryl, California)
"Our Mom is the glue that holds our family together. She's always the one you go to whenever you need advice, or just a smile. She always has the best advice, and never, ever does she say, “You can't!” It's just not in her vocabulary! Her shoulders are strong because she's been through a lot in her 75 years, but from the outside looking in you would never know she’s had a bad day in her life! That is love!" (Cindy, Florida)
"She never stopped wanting to learn." (Maren, Arizona)
"I think in a different time and under different circumstances, my mom could have done anything. She graduated from college the same year I did after raising 3 children and supporting my dad's career. She found her own space and voice in her own time, but she has always been generous in all things, most of all to her children, telling us we could be anything we set our hearts and minds to be." (Katherine, New Hampshire)
"She makes me smile and makes me feel loved. She will give advice when asked but not judge. She is always willing to share about her childhood and things were when she and my dad were younger. It is one of my desires for my children to say the same about me someday." (Susan, Florida)
How about your mom? What's something wonderful and/or unique about her? Does she know you admire or appreciate it?
Causes Kate Marshall Supports
Project Second Chance, an adult literacy program run by the Contra Costa County Library system in California.