I had a different post planned entirely, but instead, I want to give a shout out to my incredible mother who would kill me if I mentioned today was her birthday, so I won't.
She is at the top of the long list of people in my life I don't tell often enough how much they mean to me. To put it simply, I don't know what I'd do without her.
My mom is like my personal shock absorber. Whether something amazing or devastating happens in my life, I know she'll feel the impact with me. She always knows the right things to say and always manages to make me feel important. Like my thoughts and feelings are a high priority.
But more than all that, she is the best listener on the planet. We talk almost every day on my way to work, and most of the time I monopolize the conversation with my word diarrhea. I always have a million things to tell her because she listens better than anyone else I know. It doesn't hurt that the mother-daughter clause dictates that she agree with me most of the time, too.
Unfortunately, she is not easy to buy gifts for when things like the birthday I'm not mentioning roll around. This is a woman who does not begrudge herself something when she wants it. Sure, she has a ridiculous collection of Longenberger baskets and a Pandora bracelet that can always use new charms. Plus, I can almost guarantee that if I got her a cute poolside container for Chex mix with fish on it, she'd immediately fall in love. And, when all else fails, I always have Allison's adorable face to fall back on.
But I wanted to do better than that on her birthday that's certainly not today. I want her to know that even though she hates celebrating it or even acknowledging its annual existence, it's an important day to me.
Because I'm glad she's here -- which probably dictates a shout out to my amazing grandma, too. (Hi grandma! Way to go!)
So, Happy Day Mom.
See? By leaving the "birth" part out of it, you can't pshhhaw it.
Thanks for being you.
Love and long-distance kisses. I hope it's as spectacular as you are.