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The Best Mom in the World
Celebrating This Mother’s Day
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this month is the perfect time to recognize all that my mom has done for me over the years. As with most people and their mothers, it’d be impossible for me to list all the ways she has influenced me over the years. Needless to say, her effect has been immeasurable. My mom has always been an easygoing woman, but when it came to her children, she was never afraid to lay down the law. For example, we had a set time at which we ate supper every single evening. If we weren’t home when the plates hit the dinner table, we wouldn’t get dinner at all that night. Because of how much time I spent hanging with my buddies, playing football, and messing around, I probably missed supper about twice a week. I’d go home, pass the dinner table, and head straight up to my room.
Back then, I might not have fully appreciated the degree to which my mom put her family first, but today, it’s easy to see how vital that was to me. Sure, I may have missed meals every now and then. But more often than not, I was home for dinner, chatting with my family about everything that went on in our lives and chowing down on
because she and my dad are busy spending their retirement traveling all over the world. I join them whenever I can, but those trips are few and far between. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed with their active routine. They’re up to almost a trip a month. My mom says, “Well, we have to do it while we’re still young enough to travel!”
whatever delicious food my mom cooked for us. It was her way of setting expectations and building bonds between us, teaching us important lessons without ever making it obvious. And despite what some people might call her “strict” nature, we never felt restricted. We were free to go out and do our own thing whenever we needed.
Best of all, she always stayed even-keeled. And though my mom knew we screwed up sometimes, she was incredibly accommodating of our mistakes. Whenever I had a serious issue I was mulling over, I knew I could talk to her about it. I’d have to be ready for her total honesty on the matter, because my mom has never been one to beat around the bush, even if what she said might hurt my feelings. To this day, I give her a call every so often to ask her advice about a particularly difficult problem I’m struggling with. She gives great advice, even if I’m sometimes too stubborn to actually take it — a trait I inherited directly from her.
I see a lot of myself in my mom. Though I may be stubborn like her, I like to think I’m even-keeled like her as well. Hopefully, I’ve inherited at least a little of her knack for talking to people — a quality that makes her so easy to like the first time you meet her. All in all, she’s an incredible person and one of the most important people in my life. This Mother’s Day, I’ll be sure to give her a call. Hopefully, I’ll find the words to express just how important she’s been to me since she brought me into this world. –Keith Thompson
Today, I only see her a couple times a year, partly because she lives in North Carolina, and partly
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