Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to be a Great Mom (By Ryan)

Moms are great each in their own way.  On this Mothers Day I wanted to share 3 things that make my mom a stellar one.

1.)  My mom can do anything.  When there is something ... anything to be done, my mom just does it.  She doesn't whine or complain or wait for someone to come save her, she just rolls up her sleeves and gets to work.  Having a mom teach you this everyday of life through her constant steady example is invaluable.  Thank you mom.

2.) My mom is selfless.  My mom isn't happy unless she is helping someone else.  As a child I watched her make meals for sick friends, pack boxes for people who were moving and scrub the home of a friend that just needed a little extra help. 

As a twelve year old boy, I had a paper route. Often my mom would come help me with the task of rolling and rubber banding 180 newspapers.  I cherished the help at the time as it saved me from a task that I hated.  But it wasn't until recently that it came into perspective how kind and selfless this was of her.  Here was a tired mom of 7 rowdy and obnoxious children  who went to bed at midnight and woke up at 5am taking 30 minutes of her 5am hour to help her son do something he could and should do by himself.  I now appreciate the generous act many times more than I appreciated the help with my job when I was twelve.  Thank you mom.

3.) My mom is kind.  I am sure that my mom had people in her life that annoyed her or rubbed her the wrong way.  I think we all do at one time or another.  However, I never knew about them.  My mom didn't gossip about people when they weren't around, she didn't make mean comments about the people she interacted with when she talked with friends.  She chose to be kind.  I didn't know it but she instilled in me a discomfort with rude personal attacks because they were absent from my life.  I didn't see them occur or happen to overhear them as I was near her.  I appreciate her teaching me the value of living a kind life.  Thank you mom. 


Brooke said...

We really do have one amazing mom. Jake bugs me waking up at 5:45 but I wouldn't dream of helping him with a job at that time. All I do is turn on the t.v. for him and get a bowl of cereal and go back to bed. I am so greatful for a wonderful mother.

Lauren in GA said...

She is truly amazing. As I read I kept asking myself things like, "Would I help my 12 year old roll papers at 5am?" I hope my answer would be yes...but...I am ashamed to say that I don't know if it would.

I also appreciate her example of kindness. I do waaaaay to much venting to my husband about how people have wronged me with kids in ear shot.

I appreciated being able to read this post. She is a great example.

And, will you tell my lovely Jessica that I hope she had a WONDERFUL MOTHER'S DAY!

Reading Champions said...

And for all those reasons and so many more, your mom is my best friend.