I’m hyped up on caffeine as I power through the last 4000 words (yea, I still have a lot to write) due at 4:30 PM on Monday. As I stare blankly at my notes trying to form coherent sentences, I can’t help but think back to my undergraduate days.
I’m a consistent procrastinator when it comes to writing essays (Researching and taking notes though? Not a problem!), so this was an issue of mine as I studied for my Bachelor’s degree too. Often, I would call my mom the night before the paper was due stressed to the max that I wouldn’t finish it on time. (Yes, I realize this was my fault.)
Regardless of my stupidity, she always knew just what to say to calm me down and get me refocused to power through the night. One of my all-time favorite lines of hers is, “You can do anything for 24 hours.” I still think of it when I need to just get to the other side of a tough assignment or a stressful meeting because you know what is waiting for me at the end? Usually, non-junk food, a glass or two of wine, my bum on the couch, mindless television, and a good night of sleep.
Mom, thank you for always saying the right things (whether or not I recognized they were the right things at the time!) and for supporting me in everything I do. Thank you for being a strong and independent woman. Thank you for showing me that it is okay not to settle. Thank you for teaching me that just because you try something and it doesn’t work out that it doesn’t mean you failed. Thank you for loving A and I the way you do and opening your arms and your heart to our loves. Thank you for being a woman I am proud to take after (even if I do cringe a little every time the Brit calls me ‘mini Mary’!).
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you.
P.S. As I’m sure my UK readers have gathered, Mother’s Day in the U.S. is not the same day as it is in the UK.