Mother’s Day was yesterday and sadly, I did not get a chance to see my Mom in person but did speak with her on the phone. Max rudely ran and hid underneath the bed because phones weird him out. Oh well. He will have plenty of time to meow at my Mom and pester her when we see her this summer. But I digress … today we’re celebrating Moms!
5 Things My Mom Taught Me
I decided to honor my Mom by sharing a few things she taught me over the years.
To Work Hard
My mom has a really strong work ethic (to be fair, so does my Dad) and is one of the hardest workers I know. She doesn’t just put in her time and do a so-so job; she busts her butt and does a great job. She has a lot on her plate and somehow manages to get everything done well.
To Be Brave
My mom never learned how to swim as a child, so she made sure that brother and I took swimming lessons and weren’t afraid of the water. Eventually, she decided to don her swimsuit and learn how to swim too, even though it scared her. She did it too.
To Love the Arts
My Mom took me to my first play, Annie. It was community theater but I still thought it was amazing and have loved plays ever since. And going to plays together, whether local or professional, has always been one of our favorite things to do.
To Be There
Again, this one is true for both my Mom and Dad, but they were there for every concert, play, recital and anything I was involved in to cheer me on. And I’m not going to lie, people — sometimes my role was small and/or I wasn’t that great — but they were still there, no matter what.
To Appreciate Family
Our family is close-knit and I automatically assumed that was how most families were. I realize now that isn’t true. I appreciate her hard work and effort to keep our family united and strong through family rituals and gatherings that mean a lot to me, even though I can’t always be there these days.
Thank you, Mom, for being such a great role model and inspiration to me! Now I turn it over to the Max Man. He apparently has a few things to meow about.
MaxE’s Mother’s Day Wish for his Mama
Hi ya, everyone. It’s me, MaxE. I have a super big announcement coming up next week so I meowed to my awesome Mama about co-hosting with her today. Because I have the Best Mama Ever, she agreed.
My wish for my Mama is that she always remembers that MaxE loves her, especially when she plays with him, rubs his belly, gives him snacks and forgives him for his mischief-making ways. She is the best Mama, just like I am the best kitty. Ever. Better than you know who. Hint – he can’t poop.
Wow. Max. I’m all verklempt.
Hmmmm … should I call a doctor? Can he un-verklempt you?
Verklempt means choked up.
Oh. So then you need an ambulance? Cuz you’re choking?
No. But I might need aspirin after this conversation.
Okay, do you want me to go to the store and buy some for you?
No. And why are you being helpful? You’re a feline. You don’t care unless …
Don’t go there, Mama! Nothing good can come from it!
You were naughty! Weren’t you! Where did you throw-up?
How did … I mean whaaaat? And not saying that I did, but you should remember that what I love most about you is your capacity for forgiveness.
Now I think I threw up a little bit.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I am really blessed to have a fabulous Mom and a great family. I don’t say it enough, but thank you for everything you do and I love you!
Meow! I love my Mama and Mama’s Mama too!
Tanya and Max