Saturday, May 12, 2007

For Mum


Thanks for putting up with pre-school dropping-out; messy rooms; the pink-hair, piercings, punk rock years; the know-it-all (if only you knew what I know you'd think what I think) University years; panicked phone calls about blown tires, tuition, etc.; teenage years part two before the wedding; perpetual procrastination; and all the other things best forgotten. Thank-you for purple popsicles; homemade cookies, pies, cakes, etc.; the best Halloween costumes ever (for the grandkids too); family dinners; Barbie clothes, weddings, parties; doll birthdays; and believing in Santa. Thanks for coming to games, plays, concerts, and bake sales. Thanks for introducing me to puzzles, books, birds, and gardening. Thank you for working hard outside the home and showing me that women are defined by more than their children and husband. Thank you for demonstrating partnership. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for demonstrating that balance of ambition, work ethic, and dreaming. Happy Mother's Day to the woman who shaped who I am, accepts the choices I make, and loves me anyway. I can only hope to be as good a mother and grandmother as you.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cammy! That made me cry, maybe I was a better Mother than I thought I was. I always think I'm a better Grandmother because I learned so much being a Mother as I'm sure you're doing too. Just don't be in a hurry to become a Grandma as then I will be a great Grandma and I'm not ready for that.
Love Mum

Anonymous said...

it's sad that one thinks a woman must "work outside the home" in order to define herself. what's so great about outside the home? i wouldn't be any happier if I worked at walmart part time, would you? i think "feminism" needs a good dose of existentialism to get a grip on itself! oi oi oi! -peterman

Cammy said...

Probably not if I worked at WalMart though I'm sure I would appreciate the independence it might give me. I do love my job (most of the time) and think I am a better mom because I have it. I don't think that's true for all women and I wouldn't want it to be - I think choice is a major accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you again Cam, it is nice to know that you think I was a good Mother. Your Dad always says that is all that really matters and in the long run of course he is right as usual. I am glad that you and the grandkids love me unconditionally as I love you and them.

PatC said...

Evelyn, pay Cammy megabucks. ;) j/k

Seriously, wonderful words Cam. Validation is always appreciated. Right?