Thank you to Jen over at Speech Therapy Fun who is hosting the Thank You Mom Linky Party. You can find the links to other SLPs thanking their mom’s or someone special in their lives by clicking on the button below.
I think my mom, also known as Elaine and now Nonnie to her 8 grandchildren, deserves a thank you. Usually we tease her, all in good fun, more than we thank her. As a child, my mother was my hairdresser, dance teacher, party planner, (Halloween) costume designer and macaroni chef. It was always macaroni, never pasta to my mother regardless of the recipe. While she was doing these things for me, she considered herself my brother’s assistant baseball coach (my dad was his coach for many years but we’ll save his story for Father’s Day) and my sister’s assistant running coach (she wasn’t really cut out for dancing). In the summer, she was known in the neighborhood as the mom who organized the “shows” in the garage that kept all of us kids busy and productive on days when we didn’t go to the beach or a camp. She also introduced me to my love of books with her membership to the double day book club. Confession: I used to sneak some of her books and read them because I wanted to read anything I could put my hands on. She probably knew because she knew everything.
As a grandmother to her 8 grandchildren, all of whom live within a few miles radius of each other, she is known for ALWAYS being at all of the sporting events, whether it’s a high school track meet, all day swim meet, double header baseball game, dance recital or a game at the ice cold hockey rink, she is there; usually the one keeping score and letting those who show up later know what they have missed. She is always on call ready to give rides to practices or a friend’s house when we parents are spread too thin. During the spring and summer months she can be seen cruising around town in her convertible Cabriolet with a least a grandchild or two. She hosts parties for her grandkids with their friends and can often be the one behind the scenes working on favors, invitations, games and themes when we throw parties for our own kids. She is also the official scrapbooker for my kids. My sister in law Kim is crafty enough to do her own for her kids.
Today, she is my biggest Facebook fan on my Keeping Speech Simple page. I thought she was my biggest fan on Instagram, but she recently confessed that my nieces hack her phone and “like” my pictures. I’ll take it anyway.
Family is the most important thing to my mother and thanks to her, we (Nonnie, my family, my sister’s family and my brother’s family) were able to experience an incredible trip to Italy last summer and we are looking forward to another incredible trip to Costa Rica at the end of this school year. We are all thankful for these incredible experiences and all of the ways that she is there for us on a daily basis.
Friends often ask if they can be adopted by my mom and I tell them to get in line because others are asking. Thankfully for me, there’s no line. I’ve been lucky enough to have her along.