How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

 

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

Today is Mother’s Day and I am so grateful I can still celebrate this day with my mother. How lucky am  I to be her daughter. I feel I won the lottery in life having this woman as my mother. My father wondered out loud on our European vacation last fall how he was amazed at how strong and confident I am as a woman and I told him it was because of my mother. He was amazed that I credited my confidence and strong self of self worth to being my mother’s daughter.

In truth, it was how she raised me and how she perfected the art of parenting.  It is an art when you find the right balance of love, teaching, and nurturing our children to become successful happy individuals. Some mothers succeed in this skill and some mothers fail miserably with their children. I am a lucky one.

My mother and I are the same in many ways, we are great cooks, dress fashionably, run a well kept home, we love to laugh at life’s moments that make us cry because we found the moment hilarious, we love to give out hugs to anyone 5 feet away from us, and we hold our children close to our heart.

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

Yes, let’s add a mound of whip cream to her birthday pancakes.

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

However, my mother may not be as confident in her own sense of self, many times questioning herself or the decisions she makes, hesitant about trying new things or adventures; instead she unknowingly passed that trait onto me, without understanding how she actually did that.

“How did I get such a wonderful daughter?”, is a common phrase she says to me when writing (underlined 3 times to emphasize her words) a card or verbally saying it to me.

I  am so thankful she allowed me to be me, actually the best possible me, because she gave me confidence early on in my life to make my own decisions without criticizing or demeaning me. She allowed me to fall down, get back up, and try again because she was waiting on the sidelines with unconditional love. She cheered me on when I did something wonderful and waited on the sidelines with hugs and kisses when I screwed up.

Yes, I could have had a mother who tried to control me or hovered over me in a smothering way never allowing me to fail. Controlling my life  or protecting me from failure would have banished my courage and self confidence to overcome failure and experience things that may have been uncomfortable for me.

Or worse, an unloving dismissive mother who ignored me or distanced herself  when I was seeking approval on something I thought was meaningful to me. I was never pushed away or left wondering what did I do to deserve her disapproval.How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

I have a mother who taught me through endless expressions of love and devotion to believe in myself and to create my own path.

So when she wonders how did she get such a wonderful daughter, it’s because I have such a wonderful mom.

I hope you have a wonderful mother or have become a wonderful mother to your own children. Being a mother is hard and trying to perfect the art of good parenting is even harder.

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

My oldest daughter Lisa shared this photo and quote with me when she was going through a difficult time and it made me smile  to see that perhaps I have given her strength and courage to be the best she can possibly be.

How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

Happy Mother’s Day!

Be Fierce today and everyday!

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4 thoughts on “How Lucky am I to be Her Daughter

  1. Catherine says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom, Robin. What a beautiful homage and beautiful family.
    You are very fortunate that your mom is still with you–it makes mother’s day more special.
    My mother passed and this is a day for memories. This post lifted my spirits!

    • HelloIm50ish says:

      Catherine,

      Yes I am lucky that my mother is still alive and doing very well.
      So sorry your mom has passed.
      Some day she will live on in my heart and memories too, but I hope I am remembered for being a terrific mom by my children.

      Hugs,
      Robin

  2. robjodiefilogomo says:

    I can totally relate, Robin!!
    I always say that my mom did such a great job of raising me, yet she doesn’t have the greatest self confidence. I think having her as part of my blog has changed that somewhat, but it puzzles me quite a bit!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  3. HelloIm50ish says:

    Jodie,

    Funny how women who lack self confidence can raise their daughters to be confident!
    I think they question their full potential and as enlightened daughters we give it back to them by telling them all things are possible, if you just believe!

    How fun it is for you to be blogging together!

    Hugs,
    Robin

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