But I wrote this after I posted yesterday, and I think every day should be Mother's Day.
Because my mom, she is awesome.
I have known this my whole life.
She has overcome more than most people could dream of facing.
And with a stellar attitude no less.
I think the attitude is probably the thing that impresses me the most.
A couple of weeks ago, we went over to her house for dinner.
She told me something I never really realized...but it makes perfect sense.
First, a little snippet of background:
My mother had Polio as a child.
Because of this, she has very limited use of her right leg.
At dinner, she said something like this "I knew when I had children, I wouldn't be able to run after them. So, I made a decision to make sure that from birth, I was a place of love. A place my children would want to return to."
Those aren't the exact words. But close enough I think.
I love that idea.
I love it because for as long as I can remember, my little sister and I have totally felt that way.
I love it because it worked. We really never ran away.
I love it because my sister seems to make herself that way for everyone she encounters. We are a family of collectors: my sister collects people.
I love it because it rings true to how I conduct myself as teacher. I want my students to know without doubt that I love them.
It works for me.
I guess I understand a little more why now.
I could go on for HOURS about how and why my mom is a fantastic human being and an even better parent.
But this one little comment at the dinner table gives you an idea of how much I have to be thankful for.
Of how completely exceptional my mom is.
Of how well she taught me to be a place of love for the children I encounter.
That is, indeed, a very good thing.