Sunday, May 13, 2007
Ode to My Mommy
I have the best Mom in the world. She taught us kids to be creative, to follow our dreams, to serve others and to not judge others.
Some of the things my mom did that I love and will do with my kids someday:
1. My mom always made Saturday jobs fun. Sometimes we would wake up and she would have a treasure hunt set up for us to find our jobs. When we got to the end of the hunt (and jobs) she had some kind of prize waiting for us at the end. Other times, she would pins little slips of paper all over her nightgown. We would choose a slip of paper and on the other side would be the job we needed to do.
2. I remember my mom taking us on "magic carpet rides" every night before bed. All the kids would curl around her on the bed and she would have us close our eyes. Then she would tell us that a magic carpet just pulled up in front of our house. We all climbed on and the magic carpet would slowly lift into the air. Every night we went somewhere different and we all got our turn to guide the magic carpet. I think all of my siblings do this with their kids now. We all loved it and now my nieces and nephews love it.
3. My mom used to fill baskets with fruit and treats and then she would have us take them to people's door steps, ring the doorbell, and then run.
4. My mom has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. She has always told me, "Where there's a will, there's a way." My mom always wanted to go to BYU-Hawaii. Her mom always told her the same thing she told me, "Where there's a will, there's a way. Then, when my mom was seventeen, her mother died of breast cancer. My mom decided to give up her dream of going to BYU-Hawaii so she could stay home and take care of her younger siblings. Later, I went to BYU-Hawaii and my mom felt like she was living her dream through me.
5. My mom took us on individual "dates." For a few hours, we had our mom all to ourselves to go out to eat, or go to a movie, or walk on the beach, or whatever.
She'll probably never read this, but I love you, mom!