Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. My mom is an extraordinary person in my life. She’s someone who’s equally geeky like I am and she is such a selfless person. While I have talked about my mom in previous posts, I wanted to write a more personal essay into who my mom is as a person, so you can understand why I love her and appreciate that she’s a big part of my life.
My mom was born and raised in Minnesota along with my dad. The above picture is literally my dad and my mom as babies holding hands in the same baby carriage. My aunt (dad’s older sister) taught my mom and her sister (aka. my aunt) dance lessons when they were little. I believe in true love or fate and the above picture solidifies why I feel this way. While my parents knew each other as babies, they didn’t reconnect until the 80s. My dad was working in radio in California when he found out his dad died of a heart attack (my grandpa who I never met). My dad moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family and that’s how my mom and dad got together.
When I was born, my mom was the breadwinner in our family. She worked full-time while my dad worked part-time to take care of me and my brother. My mom worked a somewhat stressful job and took the bus to work, so my dad could have the car. Her commutes were long, but she did this, so me and my brother could live in a stable home. I admire my mom for working a job she may not have loved, so me and my brother could have a fulfilling childhood.
For those who have never read any of my posts, my dad passed away from cancer when I was 12. All of a sudden, my mom had to work full-time and raise me and my brother. Now that I’m married to my husband, I think about the pain I would feel if I were to lose him tragically. My mom had to feel that plus be strong for us. I will forever be grateful to my mom for raising me and my brother in such a traumatic circumstance.
On a light-hearted note, my mom is geeky like I am. She is big into action movies including James Bond, any Marvel movie, and thinks Baby Yoda is the cutest thing. There are various trinkets around her house including a Baby Yoda stuffed figure, Daniel Craig posters, and a few Twilight posters in her room. She’s fully embraced wearing geek t-shirts including her Gryffindor hoodie she purchased in Orlando during a family vacation. I hope that when I grow older, I am like my mom who will love what she loves no matter her age.
To celebrate my mom’s birthday, we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant. After dinner, we went back to my apartment where we played a few board games. I introduced my mom to the card game Exploding Kittens. She has asked my brother to buy her a copy, so she can keep playing.
My mom is my rock. I’m so fortunate and grateful that my mom loves me for me. She’s someone that I aspire to be in every aspect of my life. She’s someone who has had to overcome adversity and showed me how to be independent and to get through life’s challenges. I hope that if I ever have kids, I’m as selfless as my mom. Happy Birthday to my lovely, caring, and wonderful mom.