I am incredibly lucky to be the mommy to these guys.....
Bunny and Belle
Me with my Big Guy.
Yes, my hair was incredibly short.
Me with Jean Mom at the bus station in Mexico City in 1973.
We were headed to San Miguel de Allende.
Many people tell my I am a very strong woman, whatever that means. Basically I think it means I am very much like my mom. I look like my dad but I won't take crap from anyone. That comes from my mom.
She allowed us kids to have a gazillion pets. A baby goat, many snakes (that were always escaping in the house), an opossum, raccoon, mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, dogs and caimans. But never a horse...I've taken care of that now, though.
She let me go 1000 miles away to school in Mexico when I was 18. I asked her how she could have allowed me to go so far (pre-cell phones or actually ANY phone availability and pre-Internet access) and she said "O! Well, we figured it was one of the safest places you could go!" Mexico's reputation has certainly changed in the last 40 years.
She was a Girl Scout leader for umpteen years, supported me through flunking 5 years of Spanish (I'm pretty fluent now but totally didn't get it in High School), and taught me to sew, paint, create.
She totally was (and is) my example of how to get a business to do what's right. My kids used to say I was so embarrassing when I got into the "May I speak to your manager, please?" mode but now I hear them say "O, Mom, I had to act like you today. That store was trying to take advantage of me."
Thanks, Jean Mom!
So happy Mother's Day Jean Mom and your present is running a little late. Sorry.
I'm also fortunate to have been a second mom to so many of the kids' friends. Rachel wins the prize for being the first to wish me a Happy Mother's Day for the last 3 years. And she's not my kid. Love that. Thao used to have me listed as her mother on Facebook. Love that, too. Ford, Parker, Dillon, Lawrence, Brian, Taylor, Sarah, Danielle, Gabby, Jenny, Lizzy, Hannah, Jessica, Rachel, Thao, Makayla, Mailee, Shelby-I'm proud to have you all as my children. Love all of you. (And sorry if I left a name out....you know moms, they always forget one kid's name when they are trying to rattle off names.)
And happy happy day to all of my friends that became moms before I did or right along with me. They were and still are my source of so much parenting info. So kids- if I have screwed up, please place some of the blame on Diana, Liddy, Cherrilla, Martha, Megan, Cathy, Nell and probably a few other moms I can't place right now. It takes a village....
Also, I promised an update on the garden. Except we have had rain all week and nothing quite got to blooming. We need just a bit of sun. But I am not complaining. Colorado can always use rain. And then today we got...wait for it... snow. And it is still snowing!
The back deck, and it is still coming down.
Another inch has accumulated in the time it has taken me to write this post.
So there will be a garden update next week IF I still have a garden. I planted so many things this past week. The tomatoes and basil got covered but all the other plants are having to fend for themselves. Cross your fingers.
Also. A VERY happy birthday to Liddy and Nancy, who are both celebrating today. And happy birthday to Nancy's daughter, Sydney. How special is that? Having a baby on your very own birthday!
* photo credit Christine Meeker Studio