In the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. This gives us the opportunity to press pause and focus on our moms. Moms play such an important role in our lives. Many of us believe we have the best mom, and we’re all right. Mom was our first memory, our first impression of the world. She was the first person that we focused on when starting to see. She shaped our early years, and if you’re anything like me, you still hear her voice in your head no matter how old you are.
My mom shaped a lot of my beliefs and habits. I remember when I applied for my first job when I was 15 years old. She drove me to Eckerd Drugs for the interview and told me what to do. I was nervous and she encouraged me to boldly go in to the interview. I didn’t hear back from them right away. She encouraged me to keep trying by reminding me when I got home from school each day that I needed to call them to see if I got the job. Being an introvert, I had a really hard time with this. I was uncomfortable calling so much. She was incessantly persistent, even having me ride my bike to go check a couple of times. Finally one day a couple of weeks later I got the job. They probably gave me the job just shut me up. Whatever the reason, I learned an important lesson from my mom that I take to heart.
My mom was a strong influence in my life. She molded me. She loved me. She believed in doing the right thing and stood up for her beliefs. While like many people I didn’t want to become my mother when I was growing up, as I got older and had kids of my own I began to understand some of her actions. I understand that in her own way all she ever wanted for me was for me to have a better life then she did. And in the end, that’s really all I want for my kids.
How has your mom influenced you? Take some time to reflect on her influence in your life and honor her this Mother’s Day.