My grandmother was busy taking care of the farm and did not have much time to raise five kids. The age difference in the three oldest made my mom the one in charge of the youngest; four brothers and one sister.
She could do it all: cook, clean and sew. She knew how to raise pigs, slaughter them and cook them up for dinner. She even did this as a profession later in life by being a junior high and high school home economics teacher in public schools for 30 years.
My mother was thrifty in all senses of the word, making the most of what little she had. All of my beautiful dresses and my doll clothes were hand-stitched by her. Most of the time, my dolls and I had the same outfits—just in different sizes.
All meals were cooked at home from scratch; no Sara Lee pastries in our house. From the crust of homemade fried apple pies to macaroni and cheese, nothing came out of a box.
My mom has always been there for me, no matter how busy she was. In the past five years she has been there more for me than anyone else has been before.
When I was at my lowest, she always seemed to know and never left me alone. She pulled me out of bed and made me go to class. She made me get up and put on a brave face for my own girls whether I wanted to or not.
She has shown me what it means to be a mom. So, this Mother’s Day I say, “Thank you, Mom!” for showing me what a great mother should be and for always being there when I needed a friend.
Remember your mom this Mother’s Day, May 11, and be sure to say, “Thanks, Mom, for making me the person I am today.”