I know. Everyone thinks their mom is the best and I hope you’ll share a comment today about what makes your mom wonderful! Here’s my mom (center with the pink sweater) along with my family at a 2013 Colorado Rockies game.
My mother, Lucy Miller, is sharp as a tack, funny as a comedian and an all around good soul. She was an inspiration to me growing up. My mother went to work shortly after I was born, when almost nobody’s mother worked, but I was the sixth of six children and my father’s carpentry was seasonal. She pushed and pushed her employer, Hewlett-Packard, to send her to school. Until then, HP sent men to school to learn mechanical drafting but not women. She kept pushing through every obstacle because she knew that drafting would pay her substantially more and we had so many mouths to feed that every dollar mattered.
My mother is my biggest fan, but not only of my writing. She’s always cheered me on, encouraging me when I needed it and giving me a good swift kick when I needed it too! She instilled in me the belief that I could do whatever I wanted to do and go wherever my heart led me. Without that encouragement, I don’t think I would have had the courage to do half of the things I’ve done in my life.
Mom lives in Kansas, but this Mother’s Day she’s in Colorado. Her mother, my grandmother Gladys Bashford, died May 2 and Mom came in to help my sister plan the memorial. This is Mom’s first Mother’s Day without her own mother and I know how hard that is for her to face. We had been planning to drive down today but Mother Nature intervened. A foot of snow and still falling on May 10!
So I guess we’ll stay home!
But I want my mother to know I’m thinking about her and wishing I could be there.