When I was younger, like most kids, I wasn’t a huge fan of homework. But English has always been a favorite subject of mine. With English, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. It’s a craft that people have to skillfully create from somewhere within them. There’s no 2+2 = 4. There are infinite possibilities.
In the second grade, I wrote a book called The Open Door. My librarian and some PTA mothers put together a little workshop for kids to write a story, type it up and draw the book’s illustrations. When you’re seven years old, that’s fancy stuff! The minute that book was put together – I knew I wanted to be a writer. My mother spent the majority of my middle and high school days correcting my papers in the most critical ways. I wasn’t sure if I was a horrible writer or if she was a perfectionist – or a combination of the two. But every time I wrote a paper that I thought was good, my mom taught me the mistakes that I had made and helped me fix them. At the time, I thought she was being harsh. As an adult, I realize it was the best gift she could have ever given me.
Since then, I have earned my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelors in Journalism. I work as a freelance writer for Patch.com and have been able to fund my jewelry business with that income. By day, I blog and copy edit at a technology firm. My entire life is engulfed with writing. I’m still not sure if I’m any good at it. But others seem to think I am. In my adult years, my mom spends more time reading my writing and discussing the topic I wrote about – rather than skillfully editing it in to perfection.
My mother and I have experienced some crazy things on this bumpy path called life. She is a wonderful woman that does her best to take care of everyone around her. Within the last year, I have seen her take on a new role as a grandma to my niece and I am constantly reminded of her nurturing nature. Life is short and moms are great. Take today to remind them that you think so.
Mom, I love you. You are my biggest supporter and I adore you. Thanks for being you. Happy Mother’s Day!