A Visit From Mom

I think it's funny how, as a teenager, I didn't want much to do with my mom.  Our relationship was strained, to say the least, and I couldn't wait to get out of the house.  I actually spoke with my high school counselor and worked with her to get me out of there in three years.  So, I turned 17, and a short 3 months later, I graduated high school.  A few months after that, I moved away from home.  I was a freshman in college and wasn't even old enough to "go out" with my friends.

Anyway, things happened in college that put me in a bad place emotionally.  There was always one person I could count on to be there for me, and it was my Mama.  She made several trips to College Station just to come be with me when I was feeling exceptionally down.

She's always been that person.  She dropped everything to drive 4 hours to come be with me for the birth of both of my boys.  She wouldn't have missed that for the world.  As a new mother with an infant that wouldn't sleep, she was the one assuring me that I could do this, that I wasn't a mess up, and that all I needed to do was keep loving that boy.  I can remember crying the day she left after spending two weeks with me after my second son was born.  I knew I could handle one, but I was petrified of dealing with two ALONE.

When I've had marital issues, she's always there to remind me that marriage is a covenant, and that nobody said it'd be easy.  She's always told me how beautiful I am, especially when I'm feeling particularly ugly.  She's truly always been my biggest fan and supporter.  You name it, Mama's there.

So, I get excited when she comes to visit.  She came today, and I realized how the minute I see her, I get a huge smile.  That because Mama always makes it better.

Thank you, Mama, for loving me so hard, especially when I was hard to love.  Your example of love is a constant reminder to me of how we should love one another.

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  1. What a lovely tribute to your mother. You're so lucky to have each other. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I am so happy that your mother is there with you this weekend. Cherish her always, Jennifer, because there is not one single person in this world that has your back like your mother.

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  3. Now this is the kind of post that makes ALL moms smile through the hard parts - and there are hard parts!

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