My daughter posted on facebook “a guest called me kiddo, reminded me of my grandma” and that’s all I needed to put the thoughts in my head into my blog, this morning.
I’m reminded suddenly of my friend Cecilia and her innocent, energetic responses to life. She’s a surprising addition to my amazing list of friends, not because I can’t imagine her being my friend, but because I keep finding new things we have in common. Such was the way I learned to admire my mother.
As a child, growing up in our home, I admired her. I have memories of dancing around the living room in her arms, as she cleaned and made a home for us, to the tune of Patty Page’s song, Detour. I remember coming home from school to her working on the car in her dark blue skirt and white blouse with grease on her hands and the tip of her nose. Then as a teenager and young mother myself, she drove me absolutely crazy. As the years passed, she drove me crazy more and more, then less and less. I learned slowly to appreciate the woman she was, the woman I knew as my mother, but more importantly, the woman I knew as Grandmother to my children.
She reached out to them, loved them and taught them, scolded them, and drove them crazy. But they admired her. They cherished her. And through all that they knew her, they adored her, just as I did.
Kiddo, you know you have inside the ability to take on any task, any job that you’re given, any opportunity that you might have offered, you can do! There’s nothing in the world that might be asked of you, that isn’t within you to accomplish. God made you that way. God created you for the amazing task that he has laid out for you to accomplish and He will make a way.
Thanks Mom, for reinforcing the confidence, the motivation, and the clarity that is needed right now.