Today, I am posting about why I love my mother, in the first of several that will be posted this week. With Mother’s Day just a few days away, I thought I would give tribute to the most awesome woman in my life.
Meet My Mom: Patrica Johnson (nee Nelson)
That’s us, on my third birthday. The year was 1969. Our lives were idyllic for 10 more years.
My mother is the most incredible person I’ve ever known. She’s strong, intelligent, resilient, and loving. She has seen incredible tragedy, more than once, and come through the fire tested, but not burned.
When I was 12 my father who was my mothers heart and soul, was killed in an accident on the job. Three days after my birthday. Heartbroken, crushed, and widowed at 26 my mother took the challenge of raising me alone to heart. She went back to school, and in three short years – graduated with high marks from the Nursing school she attended as an RN. She worked nights, weekends, and overtime to provide a home and life for me. She cared for her aging parents and a whiny teenage girl without batting an eye or one word of complaint. She was my rock, my touchstone, and my heart. We survived the storm of losing my father, then my grandmother, and finally my grandfather. We put countless pets “out of their misery” together. And we ate a lot of ice-cream, punctuated with incredible shopping trips, and girl talk until the wee hours.
We were more than mother and daughter – we were friends and companions too. She taught me how to handle upsets and tragedy, how to cope with losing someone, and how to live life to its fullest. She never let a setback stand in her way.
She was a fierce protector, a loving mentor, and a lively companion. I love my mother! She’s awesome and wonderful. She has been my constant source of comfort and inspiration all my life and for that I want to thank her.
Thank you mom, for not being defeated when life through you curve balls. Thank you for showing me that running from your problems is not an option, and that you must look a challenge dead in the eye to master it. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, especially when I did stupid things and made bad choices. Thank you for telling me no, and making me stand on my own two feet – God knows I never would have done it on my own. Thank you for keeping my grandparents close so that I could learn from them and experience the love they had for me. Thank you for standing up for me when I was right, and for making me accept the consequences when I wasn’t. You still are my rock, my touchstone, and my heart. Even though we don’t talk often enough, I love you! I miss you more than words can express!
Thank you mom, for being my mother!