1.) St. Nicholas Day: So we had this Christmas calendar that I think my mom still uses every December to count down the days in this month of celebration. Anyway, she would always fill our stockings w/ treats and an early present a couple weeks before the big Holiday. Anyway, I remember getting up one morning and finding a Hulk Hogan WWF wrestler in my stocking. Back then we thought it was jolly old St. Nick showing up early, but along it was just mom giving us an extra day to be a kid and have fun.
2.) St. Louis: I was still going to catholic school and my brother and I were being released for spring break. We were supposed to be picked up by our normal car pool person when we saw mom in her little silver Honda waiting for us. We run up to see whats going on and all she says is that we are going on vacation. Eventually, she told us about St. Louis and the Arch.... we stayed at the Thrifty Inn, saw a Cardinals game and went to the zoo! And mom made us laugh. I remember her saying it had been a tough year and we deserved to have a good time... I remember mom telling use grandpa told her to spend some time w/ the boys and he'd take care of the hardware store that mom managed for him. Most of all I remember a great vacation w/ my mom.
3.) Taking care of me whenever I was sick: I have written about being sick as a kid before... My mom was the one who took me to the doctor and picked me up from school when I was sick. I know lots of peoples mom do this, but I was missing 60 plus days a year of school and she was always figuring out who was going to watch me or taking off work to look out for me. She'd make me Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup, rent me movies and always get me to the doctor. And she never got mad at me or thought I was faking. She found a lung specialist to look at me and eventually I got better! Sure, it seems like maybe being sick isn't the greatest memory, but my mom made it bearable and even made me smile when we sat for hours in the doctors office.
4.) Becoming friends: Parent and children relationships are complicated but mom and me for the most part always got along pretty well. But when I was a teen I was pretty hardheaded at times sometimes just a jerk. Even early in college I could be difficult to live w/. Eventually, I moved out from mom's house and started to live my own life. You would think that mom and I would have grown apart a bit, but instead she and I got closer. We normally touch base once a week and she has become one of my best friends.
5.) Lost: Back in 2004 I was pretty into Smallville. Normally I would go over to moms and have dinner after I had class on Wednesday and we would watch it. But when Lost started that all changed. I remember I missed a couple Wednesdays and I had started to flip between Lost and Smallville. I hadn't completely made the switch until I realized mom was really into Lost. Eventually Lost became own hang out time! It remains something that mom and I always chat about even though I admit that I am a little too crazy about it.
I could name many more awesome memories w/ my mom, but I think less is more when it comes to sharing this week. All I want to say is that I love my mom and feel extremely lucky to have her in my life. Those of you who know her understand who special she is. As I mentioned before she is a pretty tough lady and able to handle a lot, but everyone needs a little bit of "the positive" thrown their way sometimes. So toss a little bit her way. Take care and be kind of each other.