Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day


We don't get a choice in who our parents are. But good or bad, we track back to them. We measure who we are now and how far we've come in terms of who we were as their children.

I'm fortunate. My parents did the very best they could to give us a good home and to grow us up into responsible, independent people. They started early. Mom tried to teach me to tie my shoes before I could walk...and I love her for all those years of instruction and example.

The thing I love most, though, is her optimism. She seems to have an endless supply. She's many other things as well--loving, vibrant, intelligent, socially accomplished, curious...but the optimism, that trait of always looking for the promise rather than the default, is what gave her the strength to manage 15+ moves during my father's military career, raise three children, make a difference in her community, and believe almost 30 years ago that she could beat stage two breast cancer.

Now, at 83, she's still the rock in our family. Still joyful. Still planting the future.

I'm honored to honor her.

5 comments :

Mike McLellan said...

Kathleen:
This is an outstanding post.

M. McLellan
Tracy, California
drmike.blogspot.com
Mike Mclellan www.Tracypress.com

Mike McLellan said...

Your blog appeared at the top of my blog page under: "Next Blog>". I sometimes click on them. They are often in some language I do not read. Sometimes -- like yours -- I find something of interest. As a newspaper columnist I am always looking for things to "steal" although I always admit it in print. Your blog is excellent. I usually have to save my good stuff for the paper. My blog is mostly a tongue-in-cheek rant. Keep up the good writing.

Meredith said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother. Beautifully written. I love your style.

deb said...

so much came through those words...
thanks for sharing them

Sharon said...

All the comments on your Mother's Day blog actually make ME feel good - that random people in the world can see the beauty in you that I see.