Now that I've gotten to be 'that age' I understand...

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

My mother would often say this to me.
This would have put me at 21 years old when she was my current age, 57.

 
 Me, My Sister Karen, and our Mother

Me, My Sister Karen, and our Mother

 

 

What could she possibly know that I didn't know already?

I mean, I had it all figured out! I was walking down a career path that I loved, and was just about to be married for the first time. I was still living at home, my mom was doing my laundry for me, and I was adding to my shoe collection with every paycheque that came in! I was Living. The. Dream.

It’s the little things that sometimes go unappreciated and unnoticed, isn't it? The laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the “I love you’s” every time we leave the house.

What would we have done without our moms?

Well, this year will be my first Mother's Day without mine. 

It’s only been 6 short weeks since she passed away, so the experience and the feelings are still very fresh. I was so lucky to be there, along with my sister, as she crossed over.

I feel so incredibly grateful that I had the chance to thank her for being my Mother, my nurturer.

My mom was a role model for positive thinking, and reframing any hardship as a learning experience. And she had oh so many. Amen, Mom... I understand that now.

Nurturing was in her nature, and all 6 of us kids were her pride and joy. She sang our praises to anyone who'd listen. But man, was she ever tough on us if we didn't try our best. She had high standards for us — because she just knew we had the potential — as long as we could pull it out from under the dust and try our best. I understand that one now too, Mom.

 

"We are all beautiful and capable... if we just believe in ourselves."

 

Life is fleeting and precious. Kids grow up so fast, and before you know it, the gray hairs of wisdom start to mix themselves in with the colour.

So make sure you take the time to tell your family and friends how much they mean to you...

...Choose love and kindness every time.
...Laugh more.
...Get outside and enjoy our beautiful earth.
...Don't be so damn serious.
...Celebrate more often.
...And remember to hug your Mom, and thank her for the things that she’s helped you to understand.

... And Thank You for taking the time out of your busy life to read this. To remember the good things, and appreciate the life we’ve been blessed with.