My momma always told me the best sermon is a great example, thus she and daddy (for better, or worse sometimes) taught us daily by their example. My sister and I know we “chose our parents wisely,” because in the midst of everyday life, there were daily lessons by their poignant example.
As I watch moms today in the grocery store, at the park, and everywhere else in the community, it stuns me how moms must be as wise as Solomon, as smart as Socrates, as unconditionally loving as Mother Teresa, and as disciplined as an Olympic Athlete. My mom demonstrated daily who she was and lived by the legacy she created with southern sass, grit, humor, and backbone. She shaped our character, expected integrity, and encouraged us to dream big for the future while finding a passion within to independently support ourselves (because we grew up in a progressive household knowing it was our sole responsibility to take care of ourselves…no matter what). We learned to control our attitude and effort because “those two things are in our constant control.” And just like her classroom setting, mom set the bar extremely high for us, but provided a loving cushion when we stumbled along the way. Our mom was our first and most important teacher, advocate, and disciplinarian; she set the rules and we followed them…mostly…(sorry about riding the laundry basket down the stairs).
While mom’s physical voice is now silent, the echos of her lessons and expectations ring strong inside my soul. I’m humbly grateful and thankful for the example of my mom. I was so busy growing up and then raising two little women of my own, I often forgot she was growing older; mom was always smart enough to hold on, and then brave enough to let go on her journey. Thanks, momma, for demonstrating the courage, hope, JOY, and unconditional love so I could one day be a mom to the two extraordinary miracles who shower my world in JOY! I miss you so…and Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!