I am an only child. My parents never adopted. My mother lost both her parents and keeps her arms open for her brothers and sisters and their kids, but she never had another child after me. She gave birth to me in 1978 and I had a birth defect, severe Craniosynostis. I was a bit much to handle financially and emotionally. My mother tells the story of not knowing if I would be brain damaged, taking me to skull surgery at 6-days-old, and waiting for my hair to grow and reach my ears. She’s a good mom.
My parents are both top-notch folks. But it is nearly Mother’s Day and I have to give out some love to one very special lady. And I need your help.
I realized something last week that has taken nearly 35 years to realize: No one will ever have My Mom as a mother except for me.
You may have a great mom. She might be there next to you. She might be oceans away. She might be loving you from above.
But today I am offering you a most unique opportunity: Being a child of my mother for the week. I wonder if we can get her hundreds of children this week, of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds!
Now if you are going to be my mother’s kid, even for a week, you should know a little about her.
- She loves Nascar (Jr. in particular) and gardening in the backyard when she can feel her fingers (see below).
- Her favorite color is green. She likes decorating the house for Christmas.
- She is Lutheran but keeps faith private.
- She used to be a bowler and go to heavy rock concerts in the 70s.
- I consider her background somewhat hippie, making her own mini skirts and cavorting with soldier friends serving in Vietnam.
- She has been battling breast cancer and heart issues since September. The neuropathy is bad right now, so her fingers are often numb and her feet hurt and swell, making it very difficult to walk.
- She is having a double mastectomy one week from today.
- She doesn’t like putting herself first or exercising, but she’s trying her best to turn that around.
- She has never taken a sip of alcohol or smoked a single thing in her life.
- She recently celebrated a 40th wedding anniversary with my dad.
- She is shorter than me.
- She is smart.
- Her daily positive humor is something we should all aspire to.
- She is hilarious.
Isn’t she awesome?
Now, if you want to be one of my mom’s kids for the week, please send her a Mother’s Day greeting in the comment section below.
But sorry… After Mother’s Day next week, she’s all mine again.
Love you, Mom!