|Photo by Lew D'Souza|
This was my first Mother's Day as a mother and Corey splurged on a pair of gold stud earrings to commemorate the special day. I worked in the morning but we spent the afternoon with my mother, who played with Rudy while Corey and I relaxed and watched a movie. It felt like a vacation!
Aptly timed, Saturday was RLP's annual Garage Sale for Shelter and I spent the morning volunteering at my brokerage to help raise money for women's shelters. It seemed appropriate, right before Mother's Day, to help support mothers in our community who have left their homes in order to provide a safe life for their children.
Although my mother is low-maintenance and never wants a fuss, she is definitely reading this and I want her to know that my appreciation of her has deepened now that I am a mother too. I finally understand the root of her unconditional love, unwavering support and saint-like patience and yet, I still feel that Rudy will be lucky if I am a fraction as good to her as my mother was (and still is) to me.
My mother always worked a demanding job, and yet she still found time to play with us, teach us things, read us stories and cuddle with us every night, take us camping, help with homework, take care of pets, volunteer on class trips, plan birthday parties, help navigate grade school friendship drama, volunteer as a girl guide leader... the list goes on! How did she do it? Maybe I'll learn her secret someday.
For now, I just want to thank her for being the best mother, role model, cheerleader, friend and mentor that I could ever ask for! I don't know what we would have done if she hadn't moved in for three weeks when Rudy was born since neither Corey nor I had the first clue what to do with a baby!
Cheers to the amazing moms (and Nanas) everywhere!