Happy Mother’s Day…

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My Mom and I ~ May 2016

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers wrestling their baby into diapers and keeping them from eating the dog’s food.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who got a finger painted picture and an inedible breakfast.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of teens who gave a brief, albeit likely prompted, Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy mother’s Day to the mothers of young adults who would, like, buy you something if they had any money.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers whose kids have gotten so busy they don’t have time to call or visit now but will *soon*.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who hold their child closely in their hearts instead of their arms.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who are stepping up to co-parent their spouses’ children.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who have part time custody and would love to see their children today.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who used to be known as Dad and are now navigating a new role.

Happy Mother’s Day to the fathers who used to be known as Mom and still feel a twinge of nostalgia today.

Happy Mother’s Day to the people who really, deeply wanted to be a mother but couldn’t for whatever reason.

Happy Mother’s Day to the motherless mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers whose babies bark, meow and chirp.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. I hope you have a wonderful day! You deserve it!

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Thank you Mom…

Thank you for teaching me not to eat funny, melted looking ice cream
Thank you for my gold Sea Wee mermaid and my Mandy doll
Thank you for building me a cool “college student” bookcase out of cinder blocks
Thank you for teaching me about centrifugal force, in the basement, with a bucket of water and a rope.
Thank you for teaching me the times tables, especially nine. I understand nine thanks to your tips. Seven still eludes me.
Thank you for bedtime stories. Even if you had to read The Pokey Little Puppy way too many times.
Thank you for reading The Secret Garden, complete with accents.
Thank you for understanding about the worms… and the spiders… especially the spiders.
Thank you for tree climbing, and fence climbing, and goal post climbing. And for understanding my need to climb.
Thank you for taking us camping and letting us run wild in the woods. Thank you for marshmallow roasting and teaching us not to fling the burning ones with gay abandon (and mild terror).
Thank you for hours of campfire songs.
Thank you for showing us the stars at night and pointing out the big and little dipper and Orion’s belt. I still have no clue who Orion was but I know his belt when I see it.
Thanks for showing me how to hold a baby, raise a child, and sew a button.
Thanks for teaching me that sometimes things will go wrong and you just do what you can to fix it as best you can.
Thanks for teaching me the earth revolves around the sun and all the planets, including Pluto.
Thank you for trips to look for tadpoles and walks to look for fossils. I may not know any others but I’ll always recognize a trilobite.
Thank you for summer bike rides and winter toboggan runs.
Thank you for trips across Canada and many repeats of our favourite songs.
Thank you for all the repetitions and variations of “car games”
Thanks for huge batches of chocolate chip cookies, perfect both warm from the oven and frozen
Thank you for home made Barbie outfits
Thank you for all the little playdough figures that magically appeared at night and for the shells that magically appeared in our garden
Thank you for home made spaghetti sauce, which took all day to simmer and taunted us at lunch.
Thank you for not strangling Dad when he brought home a kitten while we all had the chicken pox
Thanks for teaching me how to swim and dive
Thanks for giving me a camera and a microscope so I could explore my world
Thank you for being there when I need an ear and when I need advice
Thank you for being you. I love you Mom

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Mother’s Day 2016