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Happy Mother’s Day

This weekend is Mother’s Day, and it’s a great time to stop and reflect upon our mother figures. For many of us, our mother figure is the person who gave us life, raised us, loved us, and tried to shape us into decent human beings.

My mom was my first teacher and confidant. I remember her teaching me to write my name, count to five, learn my colors, ride a bike, and all of the things a loving parent teaches a child. From potty training to driving, Mom was always there to try to keep me on the right path.

Mom lost a great deal of sleep on my account while I was growing up. She’s a huge part of who I am. I was sick a lot during childhood. Chickenpox, strep-throat, pneumonia, rubella, scarlatina, and most other early life illnesses. Mom was there, giving me alcohol baths while singing me old Elvis songs, insisting I take the nasty tasting medicine the doctor prescribed, taking my temperature periodically, and making me soup with toast on the side. She also had to deal with my sleepwalking, which can be disconcerting at the very least.

Thank you for everything, Mom!

Mother figures aren’t always our biological moms, though. Let’s not forget foster moms, adopted moms, grandmas, step-moms, and aunts who stepped up to fill the mom role or assisted in mothering. I know one woman who ended up raising her three nephews unexpectedly. She was scared out of her wits, but she did her best and ended up being a darned good mom to those boys.

Many moms will be spoiled and showered with praise and appreciation this weekend. If you are one of them, I hope you have the best weekend ever! Sit back and let your kids make a meal for you. Better yet, let them take you out. Enjoy the flowers, candy, jewelry, and gift cards. Enjoy the love. You deserve it.

My situation is a little different because I’m a step-mom with no biological children of my own. My step-kids have a mom, so they don’t think about Mother’s Day being a day for me. The kids take this time to celebrate their mom, as they should. My husband usually takes me out for a nice dinner and buys me a sweet gift, normally a book.

I will spend the weekend celebrating my mom and mother-in-law. I ordered my mom’s gift a few weeks ago, and I’m relieved to have received it yesterday. It was taking so long to get here that I was afraid I was going to need to find something else. I was so excited to find Mom’s gift that I really didn’t want to shop for something else.

I haven’t bought my mother-in-law’s gift yet. I know exactly what I want to buy her, but I haven’t been able to find it. I’m going shopping tomorrow, and the hunt will be on for that one item I know will make her smile. Now that most of the stores are finally open, I should be able to find that which I seek.

However you celebrate this weekend, I hope you and your family have a wonderful time. Stay safe and healthy, my friends! Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and job, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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