Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thanks Mom!

It's a little late but...

I had originally meant to do this post in the month of April, since it's her birthday month. But took an unannounced, unplanned break from blogging.

Then I decided I would do the post for Mother's Day....FAIL!

So, it's late but it's better than never!

My mom is incredible. She's smart and strong, compassionate and independent, beautiful and witty, loving and caring, giving and pretty funny (even if she thinks she's just pretending to be funny), and is responsible for 80% of my spunky sense of self. After raising four daughters she deserves way more than just a thank you...she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Since I can't do the Nobel Peace Prize I can at least tell her some of the reasons of why I'm thankful for her.

Thank you for always having my best interest at heart and protecting me from heart ache. As well as setting an amazing example for being a woman, wife and a mother (Not announcing I'm pregnant, just that I will value your teaching in that area too). And for teaching me about lipstick (this may sound trivial but I look deathly without it).

Thank you for believing that I can be something more than I think I am able to be. I still struggle with this which I'm sure you know. Yet, every time I call you with a new 'life goal' you're on board and supportive, telling me I can do it.

Thank you for providing for me in every way that a mother is supposed to provide plus a ton of other ways too. Trust me, I am blessed to have had you for a mother. I know this now. I know that I used to give you grief about my friend's moms but let me tell you as I've aged I have heard about and witnessed pitiful excuses for mothers. Now I feel bad for ever thinking I had it 'bad' at all...I had such an amazing childhood and such incredible examples in both you and dad.

Thank you for teaching me to be a defensive driver. You have saved my life. Period. For instance, on a daily basis I watch others make poor driving decisions (texting, searching for something on the floor board, general lack of attention to the road) and I adjust my driving to avoid their mistakes. I'll never forget when I was home from college for the weekend, it was my last day and mom had to leave early that morning for something. She came into my room and told me that she loved me and to "Be very careful driving home today. Remember that the life you save may be the life of my precious, baby daughter." I don't think I'll ever forget.

As mentioned these are only a few of the reasons why I am thankful for my mom. I wish there was something more than those two words to show you how much you mean to me and how grateful I am to you for being my mom but I don't even know if my gratitude to you can be expressed in words. It does make me happy to know that now I get to have you as one of my best friends too which is so precious and priceless to me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you so so much.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Just my 2 cents.

There's a blog I read that I shouldn't. I've named it Delilah, for purposes related only to this post. It's like a car accident on the side of the road; as much as I complain about "rubber neckers" I just can't help but grab a quick glance.

I know I shouldn't read because every time I do it makes me angry and leaves me wanting to shake the blogger while screaming "Don't you see?!?!"

Usually if I find a blog I love I will go back and read at least a few (if not all) of the entries leading up to the present. Not the case with Delilah. I only read the current posts, actually I only return to this blog to see if the name of the blog has changed.

You see, I'm a believer in the power of positive affirmation. This blog, Delilah, does not. In fact, the title of this blog only affirms the negative not only to just that specific blog/blogger but also to anyone who ever visits. When they read the header as the blog loads...negative affirmation. When they accept a button to advertise that blog on their blog...negative affirmation. When they speak to other's about a clever post on this blog...negative affirmation. No wonder Delilah's header has never changed...negativity is all it projects.

I've thought about sending the owner an email. But they don't know me, they're already pretty volatile about the subject and really, they most likely won't be receptive anyways. I just wonder what would happen if the header was changed (tweaked even) for a year? This blogger could have all they've ever (said) they wanted...could it be that easy?

Maybe it's not that easy and wouldn't do any good or change the scenario at all, but if it were me...I'd at least want to try.

And that's my 2 cents.