|Shirley MacLaine and her daughter, 1959 - Photo by Allen Grant via the LIFE Picture Collections|
Over the last several years, I have continued to grow in respect for moms everywhere as I have had the privilege watching my friends and sisters have children and raise fantastic kids, and as I have watched my lifetime moms become grandmas. To all of my people, your kids are amazing. They are funny, smart, and the weirdest little combinations of you and their dads. You have done it with grace (but not too much so that it isn't real), humor (probably not without a few times yelling at Target), and you make parenting look good.
This year my respect for moms has grown even more as I have grown my own bun in the oven and experience the strange wonder that is being a mom. So far, I am batting a thousand as I haven't screwed up any of my children yet as far as I can tell. And while I haven't had to do much parenting for the 4-month old nugget in the belly, I have already found myself driving more cautiously though intersections and considering organic cucumbers. Parenting win.
My mom in particular is something special, as all of our moms are to us. As an adult I continue to grow in appreciation for all of the things that I really didn't realize as a child that I picked up from my mom. I am also so thankful for the mom that she is today; she is non-judgmental, considerate of those around her, thoughtful at every holiday, willing to listen when I vent, gives advice only when it is needed or solicited, and even-keel, among all of the other thousands of reasons why she is the right mom for me. Of course she is the right mom for me, she made me.
We are lucky too to sometimes have other moms in our lives that make an impact, like step moms, moms of our friends, and those co-workers or neighbors that take good care of us. We will always have nice memories of the neighbor we stayed with for a few hours while our parents were away, or the lady at work that made sure to remind me to eat lunch when I was busy enough to forget. Your awesomeness did not go unnoticed either.
So thank you, ladies, to all of the inspiring moms around me. I have been watching carefully and making mental notes of how awesome you are at being moms so I can pay it forward. The fact that your kids wear Spiderman costumes most days of the week and that you take the BEST Instagram photos of your kids makes my day and I can't wait to join the club.