Mother’s Day (everyday)

I’ve been scaring the daylights out of you since circa 1988. From the time I chose to bungee jump in your womb with the umbilical cord around my neck to the moment I told you I’d be traveling solo across the world and that I didn’t really have any plans as to how I was even going to make that happen. “Just seeing where the wind blows me!” was my answer, and the look on your face said it all- you weren’t exactly excited. But you pushed through.

You pushed through that emergency c-section to save my life from my bungee adventure gone wrong, you pushed through our years of disagreement and misunderstanding each other as we learned how to know and respect each other as people, and you pushed through that feeling of fear when I expressed my wild and crazy dreams to you so that you could bring yourself to a place of unconditional love, support, and encouragement, for me. You’ve been strong for me in so many ways that you may not even be aware of, and it would take the entire day for you to read through the list if I provided it here, but that’s not what today is about. Today is YOUR day- one that I want to start with thanks, but one that will be carried through in whatever way you desire to spend it because you deserve it.

The truth is, you deserve much more than a day, because you never get a day off. You’ve been my maja for going on 28 years now… you must be exhausted! It couldn’t have been easy to raise a free-spirited wild thang hippie child, but you were strong, and in some cased you even ran wild with me.

Which is why I try my very best to let you know constantly how much you’re so very loved and appreciated. I want you to know everyday, not just today, how amazing you are… how strong, beautiful, kind, inspiring, and absolutely one-of-a-kind incredible you are. I want you to know that you change the world, simply by being you. It’s brighter, more authentic, more true, just because you’re here, being the wonderful woman you are. You deserve to know and feel that each and every day, but today is Mother’s Day and I want all of that love and appreciation from every other day to be so concentrated in your heart that it feels as if it’s going to burst, in the best way possible of course.

You, mom, are an amazing human being and I love you. You’re my best friend and I’m beyond blessed to know you, let alone to have you by my side in this life as mother. Thank you for being you, for loving me so immensely and so unconditionally… thank you for everything.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom! You. Are. Special.


2 thoughts on “Mother’s Day (everyday)

  1. i don’t have words to adequately express how much this means to me. (sniff, sniff). You are my joy bomb. I can always count on you to bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. You are my best friend, too (second to Daddy, of course-though you BOTH know everything about me!) I am grateful God entrusted me with you.

    Through the years I have made a ton of mistakes. Some small, some large….and I thank God he has given us both the grace, mercy and love to never give up on each other. And that is what has brought us to this amazing relationship we have today. Though I will not dwell in the past, there are some things I actually would change, given the chance to do things over. And so now there is wisdom for both of us that comes from learning from our past mistakes.

    By the way, the “look” on my face about your world travels is the thought of being without you. I trust you God’s plan for your life and your intuition to fulfill it. I admit to being so selfish that I cannot stand the thought of not being able to hug you, go get mani’s and pedi’s together, Sunday dinner and Chicago Fire. I want your dreams fulfilled to the utmost, travel, explore, learn from other cultures and share your joy around the world, wherever God may take you. That’s all any Mom desires for their children. Their happiness. I want that for you and Elliott more than anything.

    I love you so much MORE every single second of every single day.

    Thank you for this precious gift. (But you still have to sing for me today!) 🙂


  2. Dear Audrey… I just met you at the Arbor Greene Wine and Canvas night! I love. love, love your spirit and your energy! But the best thing is that you allow God’s love pour through you to whomever you meet or that He chooses you to meet! Your Mom is blessed to have you carry on her love of life…. and you are so blessed to have her as her as your roots so that you can use the wings God has given you to fly.


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