I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom lately. Maybe it’s the holidays, which are so full of the memories and traditions she gave me. Maybe it’s the growing kids that she didn’t get to share with me. Who knows. When I think of her I don’t usually get sad, because (1) she had an awesome life and (2) I know she’s in heaven, which must be pretty awesome!! But the thoughts of her have prompted me to make a list of her best attributes, with the hope that I can emulate some of them.
She was old-fashioned. But not in a backward way – she held on to traditions that added values to our family. Believe me, she embraced modern conveniences every chance she got during her daily life. But when it came to holidays, she baked every pecan pie just the way her mother did. My children were the only ones in preschool with starched pants. She prayed every day. She held on to the things that made life meaningful.
She embraced change. Sounds like a contradiction to the previous item, but it’s not. She had a great career, jumped on the technology bandwagon when it rolled through, and got a toe ring when she was in her 60s. My son and I were talking about cell phones the other day, and he commented that if Granny were alive, she’d have the coolest phone on the market, and she’d play games on it all day long. And she’d be on Facebook. No doubt about that.
She was fiercely protective of her family. Sarah Palin may think she’s the original Mama Grizzly – but she never met my mom. She could be a little meek when it came to herself, but woe betide the person who committed a wrong against one of hers. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Those who were on the receiving end of that know who they are.