Today is reflection Sunday – a time to relax, reflect and recharge. I am excited to say that after church this morning, I will get to do that with my mom, Joan Heldreth. Since I stopped the crazy commute to Millville in 2011, mom and I have had little time together. It is ONLY an hour back to Mays Landing (Atlantic County) but on any given day it seems like it is the same 12 hours that it takes to see Belinda in North Carolina. Most of our communication has been via email which is at a standstill since she is having problems with her Verizon email account. Neither one of us seem to be good phone people.
My drive to Mays Landing today will give me a time to reflect on the many good times as well as the struggles mom and I have had over the years. When Belinda and I lived in Egg Harbor Township, only about 5 minutes from mom, she was an active part of our lives. She traveled on business trips – my own personal babysitter. She attended cheering competitions & gymnastic meets all over the east coast – proud as a grandmother could be of Belinda. We vacationed together (some of which we wouldn’t have taken without her help). She helped when Belinda was sick – always ready to pick her up from school and doctor her until I got home. We didn’t always agree on the decisions that I made in my life but she was always there to pick me up when I fell. Our relationship was not always perfect but what mom & daughter’s is, right?
I am looking forward to spending sometime with mom, talking about the things that have been going on in both of our lives. Truth be told, I miss these times and part of my “time management” needs to include scheduled moments or days like this. Thanks Mom for always being there through the good, the bad and the ugly! I love you!
Here is a picture of the 3 generations at my wedding in May, 2011. Mom and I definitely don’t like pictures – something we need to work on!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day! I know that I will…