Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and mother-figures out there! I hope you’re all being celebrated the way you deserve!

One of  the hardest parts about living far from home is that I don’t get to celebrate these special days with my family. And while Mother’s Day was never a big deal in our house growing up, it’s become more important to me in recent years. I’ve always known that my mom was smart, creative, beautiful and kind, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate how much dedication and hard work she put into our family.

When I was a junior in high school, my English teacher invited our principal to come and speak to our class. She asked if he had any words of wisdom, and he told us, “Your parents won’t seem smart until you’re about 25 years old. But they are.”

At the time, I thought his statement was ridiculous. Of course my parents were smart! Clearly, the message was aimed at my more rebellious classmates who had a rocky relationship with their family. But the older I’ve gotten, the more those words have stuck with me.

I know that we all think that our mothers are the best, but mine really takes the cake. I am so blessed to have a close relationship with her. She is my biggest supporter, and I am reminded everyday that she loves me unconditionally. She has always encouraged me to try new things, to work hard and never give up so that I could do whatever I wanted to do and be whoever I wanted to be. She has been there every step of the way to cheer me on or cheer me up.

I owe so much of who I am to my mom, and I cannot thank her enough. She makes me so proud to be her daughter, and I hope that “when i grow up,” I can have half the intelligence, compassion, and determination that she does. I wish I could be with her in Wisconsin today, but I know she knows that I’m thinking of her.

Once again, happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and don’t forget to say, “I love you,” to your mom or mom-figure today.