Twenty Reasons Why I Love My Mom (And How You Need to Find Your Own Reasons for Loving Yours)

My mom is really quite cool. Growing up I just wanted to run away and be on my own. I don’t think I wanted to leave her as much as I wanted to simple discover my own wings and fly on my own. As difficult as it was for her to accept my need to leave home at an early age, she was big enough to open the door for me. Now that I am (cough-cough) middle aged, we’ve both come to terms with our rocky past in the mother-daughter highway.

Learning ways to love her has helped heal our past. And I hope my precious little list will inspire you to discover your mother’s secret gems.

My wickedly playful Maman…
  1. She is, has and always will be strong. Probably the strongest person I know;
  2. She makes me laugh (as a kid it jumped between making me cry and making me laugh, but now that I’m grown up – hopefully, at 40-something I am finally grown up – she always has the ability to make me laugh);
  3. She always has amazing stories to tell and can hold an audience captive for hours;
  4. She is an artist;
  5. When I was a kid not only did she sing at the sunday mass, she had a band, a real 70s funky rock band with bass and electric guitars, drums, the whole shebang, she rocked!
  6. She makes a kick-ass meat pie / cretons / pâté de foie gras the real old fashioned traditional french canadian foods I crave daily;
  7. When she laughs, she laughs out loud like somebody ready to take a bite out of life, not the prudish little lemon sucking holding back type of chuckle;
  8. She taught me to ski and kept me enrolled me in ski school for years;
  9. She paid for an annual membership to the community pool so my sister and I had something to do and a place to go with friends every day, every summer;
  10. One time in a huge traffic jam coming home from skiing, she went knocking from car to car asking for sandwiches and food because she was starving, so was I, we feasted together what strangers gave her;
  11. She always helped me when I needed her;
  12. When I got myself in trouble for doing stupid shit she refrained from passing judgement, just listened as I cried and offered her help or her enveloping arms;
  13. She taught me to be independent and autonomous, 2 traits I hold to dearly today;
  14. After her divorce, in her 40s she bought a back-pack and a 3 month ticket to Greece where she had no pre-set itinerary, came back speaking a 3rd language and tanned like a goddess;
  15. She never backed down from a challenge;
  16. She makes soup that will warm your heart after just one spoonful;
  17. She makes me handmade quilts and purses that are the envy of all my friends plus every year makes a few quilts for the women’s shelter;
  18. Her grandma nickname is Mimi, I think that is the coolest thing ever (not only is it how my nieces/nephew call her, it’s also the nickname for the sons-in-law;
  19. She always has a room ready for me no matter when I call her to announce I’m coming over;
  20. She let me go… although it was the hardest thing ever for her to do, she let me move out and learn on my own when I was only 15. I owe her so much, I am who I am because of her, her love, her lessons, and her laughter.

Je t’aime Maman, tu es mon inspiration et mon idole xoxo

22 thoughts on “Twenty Reasons Why I Love My Mom (And How You Need to Find Your Own Reasons for Loving Yours)”

  1. That was beautiful. I have no idea where I’d be without my momma. She is my hero, as well. To be the mother your child needs instead of forcing them to be the child you want is a rare and wonderful talent. One of my most favorite quotes in the whole world since I was 15 years old is-

    “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”

    I hope for nothing more than that my boys will say the same about their momma one day.

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    1. I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute. With a cool mom like you? Actually, now he’ll have the challenge of finding a wife who’ll be just like you, and that may be the hard part…

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  2. Et tu Marie?????
    I don’t speak French but from reading bits and pieces about you and following your blog, it appears that you have turned into your Mom?????

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    1. I remember this groundbreaking day years ago when in a workshop we were asked to draw an inuksuk. In each stone we had to write a quality of a person we most admire. I had over 10 stones, it took me quite a while to list every single quality from this woman I thought was beyond amazing. Then once everybody was done, the facilitator asked us to write “I AM” at the top of the inuksuk. She explained how traits we cannot tolerate in others are intolerable to us because we have them ourselves and are simply projecting our self hatred onto others. But, that this was also true in the positive side of things. We admire people BECAUSE they possess what we either already have or are on our way towards achieving. My sisters nag me constantly that I am exactly like my mother. To this I always smile and say thank you. Then they say “oh you don’t get it” and I know that THEY are the ones to not get it.

      I left home at 15, yet I am most like her. Probably because I left I better discovered her true talents and beauty, don’t we love most what is furthest away?

      Thanks for your visit and comment Gramps! I wish I had a grandpa, all my grandparents passed away when I was so young…

      p.s. I clicked on your gravatar but you have no links, do you have a blog?

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  3. smiles….what a beautiful list…moms are so cool…mine just left…cooked her ribs today…and she has meant much through out my life…that last one on your list for sure as well…

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  4. Awesome list. I should do the same and send it off to my mom. I wonder how she would take it (we are a pretty sarcastic bunch).

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    1. She would wipe her sarcasm aside and cry… That’s what my mom did. Then she printed the list and put it on her wall… She’s sarcastic too!

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  5. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME WE WENT SKIING. SHE GOT OFF THE T-BAR AND WHEN SHE REALIZED SHE WOULD HAVE TO GO DOWNHILL AND GET ON A CHAIR TO GO TO THE TOP, SHE JUST FROZE AND BRAKED AND SAID SHE WAS NOT GETTING ON A CHAIR. TOOK ALMOST HALF AN HOUR TO CONVINCE HER THAT SHE WOULD GET ON THE CHAIR AND ENJOY THE RIDE BETTER THAN THE T-BAR. WELL SHE FINALLY DID, AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON, SHE JUST KAMIKAZED DOWN THOSE HILLS, NEVER LOOKED BACK JUST PUSHED ON FORWARD, ALWAYS DID, AND FOREVER WILL. LOVE HER SPUNK.

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  6. Mother’s are so special I know mine is and yours sounds like a bloody marvellous woman to boot, I don’t know if I could think of 20 reasons I love my mum not that there isn’t 20 reasons I just don’t think I would be able to think of them

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  7. She sounds like a lovely mother, you are truly blessed. I left home shortly after turning 16. I wanted to leave at 15 when I became with child, but I was very blessed to have a Mom that knew I would need a little guidance in the first few months of being a single teen mother.

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  8. Entitled: My Cheap Dead Mother.

    “OH JOEY I GAVE IT ALL TO GEORGEY W. BUSH.”

    YES YOUR WELFARE CHARITY OF CHOICE.

    MY MOTHER. MY “MA.”
    AH YES. WELL WELL WELL NOW.

    WHEN SHE DIED
    SHE LEFT ME WITH NOTHING.

    ME: “OKAY WELL JUST STAY DEAD THEN.”

    RE: WHAT DO YOU
    MOST ADMIRE ABOUT YOUR MOM JOSEPH?

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