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M ay is a big month. If you know me, you know just how much I love sailing. Every chance I get, I’m out on the water with my family. Well, May 4 is Opening Day for boating in Seattle, and I have been looking forward to it for several months. You can be sure that on that Saturday, I will once again be out on the water. I’ve spent the past couple of months getting our boat ready while doing a little sailing on the side, and I am excited! If you’re not familiar with Opening Day, be sure to check out our article on Page 3 this month. It’s a brief history of the day and what you can expect this year. Even if you aren’t into boating, it’s a fun event that takes place annually. Another big day in May is, of course, Mother’s Day. This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12. I’m pretty close with my mom — and not just because she lives with us. We have a tightknit relationship, and I consider myself fortunate to have her around. My mom has been very involved in my son’s upbringing. She’s lived with us for about 10 years now, meaning she’s been with us for most of my son’s 14 years of living. On top of that, my mom has been a positive influence on her grandson and has had a big hand in shaping who he is. Of course, she is so much more than just a good grandmother. I can confidently say that my mom is a master of many things. She speaks multiple Reflections for Mother’s Day
As any multigenerational household knows, this kind of
living arrangement isn’t always easy. I’ll admit that, as much as I love my mom and
appreciate her, we experience our fair share of challenges. No matter how close we may be, we still need our space. Personal space is important in just about any living arrangement, but it’s just as crucial to make compromises. There are times when I might not exactly be my best self at home. But I’ve learned a lot in these past 10 years, not just about my mom but about myself, too. There is no shortage of life lessons taught in our home. For instance, I now have a greater perspective on motherhood. I didn’t necessarily plan to be a mom, but I always knew I would become one at some point. And I’m very thankful for my son, Emerson. At 14, he’s already 6 feet, 1 inch tall! It’s hard to believe. Emerson is an amazing kid. He’s funny, talented, and growing up into an all- around awesome human. And as a mother, no matter how much I love my husband, I can’t say enough about my love for my child. He’s just about the only person who I would go to the ends of the earth for. This was a notion I didn’t really understand until I became a mother and my role as caregiver developed over the years. It wasn’t something I understood when I was growing up with my mom. I developed a new perspective when I became a mom, and because of it, I was able to appreciate my own mom that much more. With that, all I can say is thank you. Thank you to my mom and all mothers out there! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and a lovely May, and maybe I’ll see you out on the water!
languages and is an experienced pastry chef, to give you a couple examples. In fact, for my birthday at the end of February, my mom made me a wonderful birthday cake!
–Dr. Orit Hickman
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