May 11, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve previously told you about how my Mom’s pretty awesome because she can bake bread from scratch, milk a goat and turn the output into cheese and ice cream and make a seriously tasty omelet too. But what you don’t know about Mom is that she’s also the nicest, most compassionate, thoughtful and caring person you will ever meet. This means that she puts others before herself and goes out of her way to help those in need. If everyone were to be as lucky as I am and have a Mom like mine, the world would certainly be a different and much happier place.

When I was little my Mom would tuck me in and sing me to sleep at night, hug me every morning and remind me daily that I’m loved. She gave me books like Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden to read and encourage my imagination to grow and develop. From as early as I can remember I’ve always loved sports and that’s probably because Mom would take me skating and skiing in the winter and go biking and swimming with me in the summer, (and she still does). Mom doesn’t speak ill of other people and as such has taught me the value of respect and acceptance of others. At times in my life when I have had to make the decision of whether or not to do something questionable, my decisions have always hinged on the fact that I wouldn’t want to do something that would disappoint my Mom or make her less proud of me. She’s my number one cheerleader in all that I do and is sure of me when I’m not sure of myself.

I assure you, if you’ve ever had the privilege of crossing paths with my Mom, you’re a better person for it. Unfortunately, I think people that are as nice as she is, (if other such people even exist) are often underappreciated. In her role as an elementary school principle, Mom goes to work early and comes home late everyday, she genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her students and staff and yet still has to put up with far more nonsense and politics than anyone should have to. Despite all of that, Mom has a positive outlook on life and believes in the good of people. But if I had things my way, Mom would have retired long ago so that she could spend her days gardening, going for hikes and bike rides, reading and writing a book.

If I had things my way I would also be home for Mother’s Day so that I could spend the day with my Mom. I would start by making her some fabulous cornmeal waffles for brunch, (a Dorie Greenspan recipe from this book) and top them with maple blueberry sauce and fresh orange segments. Then we would relax and read the paper on the deck in the sunshine and talk about where in the Travel section we wanted to go most. When we finished reading the paper we would drive to the beach to go for a walk along the water and get an ice cream cone with two scoops each. After we got home Dad and I would start making dinner and Mom would work in the garden until it was time to eat. Depending on our mood following dinner we would play cards or watch a movie. It would be a wonderful day with my Mom. Unfortunately, she will have to take a raincheck on that one because I can’t make it home this weekend, but I still love her very very much and hope she has an amazing day because she really deserves it.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

41 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

One wonderful and very lucky mom you have Brilynn!! Very special post!!

nicisme said...

You mom sounds wonderful!
Happy Mother's Day!!

Manggy said...

Happy mothers' day to your mom, Brilynn! I'm sure she'll be absolutely touched by your wonderful post :)

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful post to your mom-touching!

Kalyn said...

Love that picture of you with your mom! What a nice post.

Rachel said...

What a sweet post!

noble pig said...

What a great Mom you have and how lucky she is to have a daughter who appreciates her so much.

bacon said...

Since you could not be here today I made waffles from Dori's book with mango, blueberry and maple syrup sauce for mom. Great post.
DAD

Deborah said...

Your mother sounds like such a wonderful person!!

Hendria said...

wonderful post.... :)

Ginny said...

Beautiful post! Happy Mother's Day! :)

SteamyKitchen said...

Happy Mther's Day, B's Mom!!

Nan said...

That's such a cute post. Your mom does sound like the best ever :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Great post, and a wonderful picture of you and your mom!

Emiline said...

Aww, you guys are cute.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

I love the waffles. Is baking/cooking with cornmeal the new thing? I think so.

Peabody said...

So nice to make your mom waffles. You've done your mom proud with your tribute to her.

eliza said...

happy mother's day to you and your mom too, what a wonderful story! i finally see your photo!

Sara said...

Oh, this is so sweet! You mom has a great daughter. Hope you see her soon to celebrate.

Dhanggit said...

happy mother's day to your mom!! she is lucky too to have a wonderful daughter like you :-)

Stephie said...

She makes for a fabulous aunt too. ;o)
Great post, Bri.
Love to you and your mom.
xo

Elle said...

Beautiful post! Your mom sounds very special.

Tartelette said...

What a great tribute to your mom. Liek mother like daughter, you both are lovely caring women.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. She sounds amazing.

Margaret said...

I feel proud to have your Mom as my sister! I know I have great nieces too! Keep up the writing and cooking Brilynn.
Love Aunt Margaret

Annie said...

Very heartfelt. I love mother's day. My mom is the best and it's so great to have a day to show her how much she is loved.
Your mom sounds wonderful. I guess what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree is true!

Lara said...

How delightful! I am so glad you have a mom like your mom :) Yesterday I got to work in the garden until dinner (made by my husband) was ready and it was a great day :)

LyB said...

Beautiful post Brilynn! It sucks being far from family, but I guess it makes us better appreciate the time we spend together.

farida said...

Happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms in the world! What a nice post and pictures!

Gigi said...

Beautiful post Brilynn! What a great tribute to the wonderful woman that is your mom!

PheMom said...

Oh that looks yummy! Just wanted to let you know you won my giveaway! I'll send you an email for more details.

Shawn said...

Your Mom sounds just like mine!

Kate / Kajal said...

This is just a lovely post. Your mother must be very touched by this post. how nice to you to write about her, hope she had a lovely day !
the waffles look gr8.

Bellini Valli said...

Your mom sounds like a very special lady Brilynn, happy belated Mothers Day:D

Gabi said...

Lucky daughter- Lucky Mum- funny how it works out that way!
She sounds fab and I know you're fab too - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree it seems!
Glad to know there are still people like you and your family in the world!
Best wishes and hope you get to go home for a visit soon!

Margaret said...

Your been like that forever. You captured her personality beautifully.
Lots of hugs and kisses
Grandma

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Elle said...

Great post! Your Mom sounds like a great gal...it takes a saint to be a school principal! Hope you get home to see her soon and get to bake and make ice cream and watch movies and everything!

Zita said...

Aww, so sweet and sincere, you & your mom are very lucky that both have each other... the waffels look yummy :)

The Cooking Ninja said...

What a beautiful post :)

junemoon said...

As a mom, just reading your loving comments about your mom, touched my heart. Good for you for letting your mom know how much you admire her and what valuable lessons you carry with you in your adult life both from her example and the gifts she gave you daily in your childhood.

You are an excellent daughter! junemoon

ChichaJo said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom! She sounds like an absolute gem :) I'm sure she considers herself lucky also to have you :)

And those waffles look great too!