Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom

Did I tell you about the time that my mom booted me out of the car while driving through the Tennessee mountains? We were fighting, and she left me right there, by the side of the road and drove off. Apparently she has the ability to calm down rather quickly, and 15 seconds down the road she turned around. I felt a mixture of relief and fear when I saw her driving back towards me. I was a little thankful she wouldn't let me die alone in the cold, rugged terrain (hyperbole). I bet she wished she could've left me there. I don't blame her.

Last night I was reminiscing about all the kind things my mom did for me while growing up. Like how she used to always take me to lunch after my orthodontist appointments rather than making me go back to school right away.  I loved those extra, stolen moments with her. She used to give me back rubs every night when she tucked me in. In the morning when she dropped me off at school, she let me sit in the car with her until the bell rang telling us to line up. In freezing weather, that was delicious. Speaking of freezing weather, I remember the hot chocolate that she fixed for us when we came in from a long day of sledding.

My mom was in the delivery room when Lydia was born, and I might have accidentally told her to shut up once. I'm pretty sure it was the only mean thing I said. I think she got her revenge by making fun of my pushing face afterwards which I guess makes us even. Then again, she might have the advantage since she cleaned my apartment afterwards, including evidence that my water had broken at home.

Oh heck. There's no way of listing all the wonderful things she did for me. On your birthday mom, I just want to say thanks for all you did for me growing up, and for all the time and attention you've given Lydia for the past 13 years. You're the best, most nurturing grandma a little girl could have. I know this because every day when Lydia's alarm goes off I hear your recorded voice singing "I've Got Jesus" by Johnny Cash. I hope dad takes you out tonight and that you get to do whatever you want. I love you.

1 comment:

Gail and Keith said...

Jennifer, such a sweet tribute to your Mom. I love the picture. I recognize the Old Country Rose china though I never did visit that tea room.