Isn’t my mom beautiful? I couldn’t bear to crop this photo because I love it so much. As many of you know I lost my mother almost seven weeks ago to brain cancer. It feels so different to be in the world without my mother, like a raw nerve is just exposed and aching terribly. It’s been a very difficult experience, not made easier by my third child also arriving in the same week, but that’s a story for another day.
At my mom’s celebration of life I had the opportunity to speak and reflect on everything she taught me in my 37 years. I would like to share some of these lessons with you if you would like? Here we go:
Experiences are more valuable than things
My mom had three children, each three years apart. Now that I am a mom of three, each two years apart I fully understand what a feat it is to get everyone moving the same direction. This never stopped my mom from taking us on adventures. Whether it was walking through the rain in a new park, driving to festivals in Canada or visiting the alpine slides at our state’s mountain, she was never afraid to enrich our lives with new experiences. She most certainly said no to a number of material things I asked her to buy, but when it came to making memories, nobody was better than my mom. [Read more…]